ABOUT THE PROGRAM
As an apprentice you will work for a contractor 40+ hours per week and attend day classes related to your trade six weeks per year with an occasional Saturday class.
Your five-year apprenticeship includes:
- 8,500 hours of on-the-job training
- 1,300 hours of classroom training
- Earning while you learn
PIPING AND MECHANICAL TRADES
Plumbers assemble, install and repair pipes, fittings and fixtures for water, gas, sewage and drainage systems according to specifications and codes. They also maintain sanitary facilities and install lavatories, toilets, kitchen fixtures, drinking fountains and laundry equipment.
Pipefitters assemble, install and maintain pipes to carry water, steam, compressed air, gases and fluids needed for processing, manufacturing, heating and cooling. Pipefitters work with both high and low pressure pipes, mainly in industrial and commercial buildings.
Certified Welding is often required for a particular job and is offered as part of the educational process.
Refrigeration fitters install, maintain and repair heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration systems, and their respective controls which include electric, electronic, pneumatic and direct digital controls.
The Plumbers and Pipefitters JATC of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois will not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants or apprentices based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, or because they are an individual with a disability or a person 40 years old or older. The Plumbers and Pipefitters JATC of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois 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.