Plumbers (Pipe Trades)
Apprenticeship Vocational Training Program Overview
This five-year plumbing and pipe trade program covers the installation, fitting, maintenance
and repair of plumbing and piping systems in residential, commercial and industrial
sites. Apprentices attend night classes twice a week for the duration of the program.
Classroom topics cover safety, theory, plumbing and welding codes and standards, blueprint
reading, pipe construction methods, rigging, pipefitting, pipe welding, soldering
and brazing. Classroom instruction and labs are held in Buellton at the apprentice
and journeyman training center. In addition to classroom instruction, plumbing/pipe
trades apprentices are placed with employers for on-the-job training and employment
at varying salary rates.
Those who complete the program earn a Certificate of Completion from the California
Division of Apprenticeship Standards and the National Joint Apprenticeship Committee.
The plumbers (pipe trades) apprenticeship program is by application only. Applications
are accepted year round (the number of openings varies). A high school diploma or
GED is required along with proof of citizenship and a valid driver’s license. At the
conclusion of the training period and if all other requirements are met, the apprentice
will upgrade to Journeyman level.
Michael Lopez, Business Manager or
NIckolas Harvey, Organizer/Recruiter
U.A. Plumbers Local Union 114
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