Apprenticeship is both an ancient tradition and a highly-effective modern training method, particularly for those choosing to work in the exciting and increasingly technical construction industry.
The apprentices of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 630 learn through both classroom and on-the-job training in what is considered by many to be the best construction industry apprentice program in the world. The five-year apprenticeship period is divided into one-year segments, each of which includes 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and a minimum of 216 hours of related classroom instruction per year (10,000 and 1,080 over the five-year program).
All training programs are run through United Association local joint training committees in specific cities or regions, and are overseen by National Joint Training Committees. One of the things that makes the UA training program so successful is that we view it as a joint partnership between labor and management.
Apprenticeship is not an easy time, apprentices must work the same hours as journeymen plus attend classes. Yet, this can be a highly rewarding career path for an individual who is motivated to learn the piping trade and become an active member of a proud and noble trade union.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Our Apprenticeship Program:
How long has the apprenticeship program been in existence?
The Program has been in effect since 1945.
What are the requirements for the program?
Minimum program requirements are 18 years or older, High School or GED graduate, valid driver’s license, and have reliable transportation.
What are we looking for in a candidate for the program?
We are looking for men and women who have the willingness and drive to learn while displaying a committed work ethic both at school and on the job.
What is the process for entering the program?
Complete an application with all required documents and be scheduled for an interview during recruitment periods. Selections are made from those interviews.
How long is the program?
The program is 5 years long consisting of 216 hours of school and approximately 2000 hour of on the job training per year?
What courses and training are involved in the program?
Each trade (Plumbing, HVAC,and Pipefitting/Welding) has a stand along 5 year curriculum specifically designed to take students from entry level to Journeyman level over the course of the program.
What is the typical schedule for a student in the program?
Each student attends school two nights a week from 6- 9 P.M. The specific nights a student will attend are determined by the trade and the year of the program.
How rigorous is the program?
Detailed instruction is provided by our instructors, but students must be willing to study on their own and apply themselfs to succeed.
What are the advantages and benefits of the program?
Students receive free tuition and work with signatory contractors while making top wages. There are no student loans to repay. Students Earn while they learn!