QUALIFICATIONS: Age: Minimum of18 years old. Education: High School Graduate or Equivalent (G.E.D.)
ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
The Plumber Apprenticeship Training Program is for five (5) years. Apprentices earn while they learn, working on the job and attending classes of related technical instruction.
Nature of Work: Fabricates, assembles, installs, tests, maintains, and rehabilitates plumbing systems. Work may include rigging operations and Computer Aided Design CAD functions.
Area: The jurisdiction of Local Union 78 is Angeles however travel may be required to Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
Helpful High School, Trade School Or College Courses: Mathematics, including Algebra and Geometry, Machine or Forge Shop, Drafting, Mechanical Drawing or Blueprint Reading, Physical Science.
Wages: Apprentices earn a percentage of the Journeyman wage rate, by classification. Currently, Journeyman wage is $46.03 / hr. and the 1st Year apprentice wage is 45% of journeyman wages. All wage rates and conditions are subject to change without notice as per the Collective Bargaining Agreement. After meeting all annual requirements apprentices advance in the program and receive a pay raise once a year.
Hours of Work: Commonly 6:30a.m. – 3:30p.m., ½ hour lunch, with an average of forty (40) hrs./wk., or as modified by union agreement.
Classes: Apprentices attend 216 hours a year in classes of related technical and manipulative instruction. All 1st and 2nd year Apprentices attend daytime training 2–3 days a month -6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every other week. All 3rd thru 5th Year Apprentices attend classes 2 nights every week – 5:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Tools and Transportation: Apprentices must have required tools and their own transportation. The tools are tape measure, level, channel locks, hammers, blade screwdriver, phillips screwdriver, 14” and 18” pipe wrenches, striker, 8” and 12” crescent wrench, tube cutters, tin snips, tube cutters, pensil reamer, hacksaw, torque wrench and nail puller.
Where Employed: Commercial, industrial, manufacturing
Skills required for this job: Plumbers work with their hands, use hand, power tools and use welding processes on plumbing systems. Must know mechanical principles and understand how things work. Plumbers need a working knowledge of mathematics and science.
Working Conditions: Plumbers work is strenuous, most is done outdoors. It involves a lot of standing, stooping, and heavy lifting, pulling and pushing. The work involves joining pipes together by following layouts, diagrams and blue prints. It may require standing for long periods or being in cramped and uncomfortable positions. The work can be uncomfortable during hot or cold weather. Risks include falls from ladders, cuts from sharp tools, or burns.
Availability and Continuity of Work: Employment prospects vary with industry needs, economic cycles and capital expenditures by public agencies, locality and weather.
Fringe Benefits: Health, Dental, and Prescription Drug coverage, Pension, Vacation and Holiday, and Life Insurance are provided as eligibility is established.
Union Affiliation: Apprentices are obligated to make application to the Union at the start of their apprenticeship and must maintain their availability for employment referral. Apprentices serve a probationary period for the first year of their apprenticeship.
Completion Certificates: Apprentices attain journeyman status and are awarded completion certificates.
ADMINISTRATION AND SUPERVISION:
The program is under a collective bargaining agreement between signatory contractors and the Union. Our signatory contractors pay all costs by hourly contributions to the apprenticeship fund. A Board of Trustees administers the fund and determines policy. The apprentice’s are supervised by the Journeyman Apprentice & Training Committee (JA&TC) comprised of equal representatives of the Union and signatory Contractors.
The JA&TC prepares the apprenticeship training standards and they are approved and registered with, the State of California, Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DIR/DAS). These Standards provide for training of apprentices on the job, in work processes of the trade, in related technical and manipulative instruction. The objective of the five (5) year program is to train apprentices to be an all-around journeyman Steamfitters. Safety is stressed throughout the training.
Each apprentice is registered with the Department of Labor (DOL) and with the State of California, DIR/DAS by signing an Apprenticeship Agreement with the JA&TC and must abide by the Rules and Regulations, Policies and Standards.
HOW, WHERE AND WHEN TO APPLY FOR APPRENTICESHIP:
Applications for the Plumber Apprenticeship Program
are accepted as follows:
Monday thru Thursday –
from 7:30a.m. until 11:30a.m. at the:
Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee Office
1111 W. James M. Wood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA90015
Jeremy Diaz, Apprenticeship Coordinator – Phone: (213) 688-9090 Ext. 1006
Minimum Qualifications: applicants must be a minimum of 18 years old, with a high school diploma OR have a G.E.D from the United States. Applicants appear in person and bring the following: AN ORIGINAL of each of the following items.
- High School Diploma: or G.E.D. Certificate: if you do not have your diploma a certified sealed copy of your high school transcript will be accepted in its place. .
- Original Valid California State Issued Drivers License
- Original Social Security Card
- Military Veterans – bring your DD 214
1. Upon completion of the Apprentice Application, Applicants are required to take the placement test which is offered the first and third Thursday of each month.
- After taking the placement test, Applicants must return to the JAC office with their results.
- After completing the placement test applicants are then placed on an eligible pool of applicants list ranked from highest score to lowest score achieved. Applicants also receive a list of signatory contractors that they can solicit for placement.
- Names are then drawn from the eligible pool of applicants list from highest to lowest score achieved to form upcoming apprentice classes. Those who do not make it into the semester due to quantity of available space will need to reapply every two years.
The Los Angeles Metropolitan Plumbers Apprenticeship Committee does not discriminate in selection, employment or training of Apprentices on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, or national origin. Any applicant or apprentice who believes that they have been discriminated against may file a written and signed complaint to an authorized representative of the Registration Agency.