Plumbers work with various materials and fixtures use in installation, removal, maintenance, extension and alteration of a plumbing system. Plumbing systems include: all sanitary drainage, storm drainage facilities, special wastes, vent systems, public or private water systems and gas piping, within or adjacent to any building.
Pipe Fitters (Steam Fitters) are employed for the installation of piping on new construction and existing plant maintenance, or modernization projects, in all types of industrial plants, office/commercial buildings, hospitals, research facilities and other projects. Pipe Fitters install piping of all sizes, and in a variety of materials, including: carbon steel, copper, cast iron, plastic, fiberglass, stainless steel and other special alloys and types. Pipe Fitters are often certified in welding.
An Air Conditioning/ Refrigeration Mechanic Apprentice, works for a Refrigeration Contractor in the maintenance and repair of air conditioning and refrigeration units.
Pay starts at approx. $22/hour. Every 6 months (provided you have worked the 900 on-the-job training hours and attending school) you will receive a raise of approx $1.50-$2.00/hour.
Over $54/hour plus benefits which includes Health & Welfare, 401K (optional) and Pension, and more!
There is no cost to take the exam. Once in the program you will have Union Dues (approx. $30/month) and Initiation Fees (approx. $75/year). There is also a charge of $25/year for school.
You will go to school either on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday nights. You will NOT have an option of which days you will attend- it is already pre-determined. You will attend school 9 months out of the year.
We will accept a transcript from your high school as long as it has your graduation date on there. It does not need to be an official transcript. We will also accept a transcript from junior college.
If you provide us with a DD-214 showing a HONORABLE discharge from Active Duty, we will write you a letter that will bypass you from having to take the initial entrance exam. You will still be responsible for finding your first job.
You may bring us a DD-214 anytime during our office hours, it doesn’t need to be only during testing week.
If we can determine that your diploma is in fact a diploma then you may still take the entrance exam; otherwise you will need to have your diploma translated into English and notarized.
Once you find an employer you have 30 days to file for credit for previous classes. The decision will be up to the Joint Apprenticeship Committee.
You may retake the entrance ONCE. If you fail the first time, you will need to obtain a tutor (can be ANYONE) or take a math class at a Junior College. If you take a math class, you will need to bring in a transcript verifying you received a "C" or better. You will still need to take the exam again.
It is to your best advantage to have a Drivers' License to get into the program, but you don't need one. You will need a Government Issued Photo ID to take the exam. It does not need to be from California.
Your past is between you and your employer. However you may be asked to do a background check for a particular job.
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