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A PLUMBERS LOCAL 75 APPRENTICESHIP PROVIDES A SOLID FOUNDATION IN PROTECTING THE HEALTH OF THE PUBLIC, BY USING ESSENTIAL PLUMBING SKILLS, PASSED DOWN FROM MASTERS OF THE TRADE.
WHAT DO PLUMBERS DO?
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WHAT IS A PLUMBING APPRENTICESHIP?
Plumbing apprenticeships combine structured, on-the-job training with related classroom instruction. Apprenticeships provide a complete education in all aspects of the craft, and training extends beyond the specific skills required by any one employer. Apprentices are employed by a contractor for the term of their apprenticeship, receiving wages and - as Local 75 members - benefits. Upon successful completion of the 5 year/8,000 hour program and passing the state licensing examination, one will possess a Journeyman Plumber's license and have earned up to 30 college credits.
During the required classroom instruction, the plumbing apprentice learns how to use, care for, and safely handle the tools and materials used in the trades. Apprentices learn safety techniques necessary to establish a safe working environment, including the safe use of ladders, scaffolding, fall protection and the need for trench shoring to prevent cave-ins. Plumbers must be aware of the potential dangers of hazardous and toxic substances in their workplace, and the protective measures required.
Classroom instruction also includes:
- Blueprint reading
- Applied physics and chemistry
- State plumbing code and other regulations which apply to the industry
- OSHA safety training
A minimum of 500 hours of paid classroom instruction takes place during the day. An additional minimum of 260 hours takes place on the apprentice's own time, usually at night.
Job-site training includes learning code-approved methods of installing:
- Sewers, waste and vent systems
- Domestic water supply systems
- Natural gas piping
Apprentices also learn the mechanics of:
- Water heaters
- Water treatment equipment
- Plumbing fixtures
Apprentices learn how to test, maintain and repair all of the above systems and equipment.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE APPRENTICE:
- Be at the job-site everyday, on time, ready, willing and able to do his/her fair share
- In exchange for the journeymen imparting their skills and knowledge, assist with the physical aspects of the job
- Learn as quickly as possible
- Become productive on the job
- Strive to become a skilled craftsperson at the trade in order to work to strengthen the industry
- AN APPRENTICESHIP IS A PRIVILEGE - NOT A RIGHT.
- PLUMBING IS A COMPETITIVE CAREER: THOSE WHO PRODUCE - WORK.
ADVANTAGES OF A PLUMBING APPRENTICESHIP:
- Earn while you learn
- Become self-reliant
- Potential to be no financial burden to one's parents
- College-level earning power upon graduation, without the costs of a college education
- Obtain instruction by journeyman plumbers of considerable stature and experience
- Gain respect and recognition from co-workers as one progresses and becomes productive
- Satisfaction of working with your hands and your mind in an increasingly technical and sophisticated industry.
- Learn a trade that requires a license in the state of Wisconsin
- Receive training for a career - not just a job
- Varied career opportunities: Owner, inspector, estimator, teacher, etc.
- Freedom to take your skill and knowledge from one employer to another, to all parts of the country
HOW ARE APPRENTICES SELECTED?
Apprentices shall not be less than 18 years of age. (Applicants having a high school diploma may apply at age 17, but must be age 18 at time of placement into an apprenticeship.)
High school graduate or a high school equivalency (G.E.D./H.S.E.D.) certificate.
Each applicant must pass an aptitude test battery, as directed by the Apprenticeship Committee.
Prior to placement with a contractor, each applicant must possess a valid Wisconsin driver's license, have available personal transportation, and pass a drug test.
In addition, a clean driving record, though not a requirement, is often necessary for employment.
If you have the determination to learn from the best and to acquire the know-how and skills to join their ranks, contact the plumbing apprenticeship program for your area.
If you reside in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington or Waukesha counties, please follow the Milwaukee Area Joint Plumbing Apprenticeship Committee directions.
If you reside in Green, Jefferson, Lafayette, Rock, Columbia, Dane, Iowa, Marquette, Richland or Sauk counties, please follow the Madison Area Plumbing Joint Apprenticeship Committee directions.
PLUMBERS LOCAL 75 JURISDICTION
MILWAUKEE AREA JOINT PLUMBING APPRENTICESHIP COMMITTEE
MADISON AREA PLUMBING JOINT APPRENTICESHIP COMMITTEE
The Committee will distribute and accept apprenticeship applications at 9:00 a.m. sharp on the first Friday of every odd month at the following address:
PLUMBERS LOCAL 75 BUILDING
(1 block south of Bradley Road off of 111th Street)
If the first Friday of the month should fall on a holiday, applications will be taken on the following Friday.
The orientation session consists of an explanation of the apprenticeship program as well as the remaining steps of the application process. Applicants are encouraged to ask any questions they may have at this time. Following the orientation, you are welcome to fill out an application. Applications must be completed at the Plumbers Local 75 building.
For an application, contact the
Mechanical Industries Center
5940 Seminole Centre, Suite 102
UPON REASONABLE NOTICE, EFFORTS WILL BE MADE TO ACCOMMODATE THE NEEDS OF INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES.
PLUMBERS LOCAL 75 IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION ORGANIZATION.
The recruitment, selection, employment and training of apprentices, during their apprenticeship, shall be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, creed, handicap, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, arrest record, conviction record, or membership in the military forces of the United States or this state. The sponsor will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 30, the Wisconsin Fair Employment Law and all other applicable state laws.