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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



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.

what you need

An aptitude for math

Good English oral and written communication skills

Ability to work in high places

Ability to work in confined places

A strong work ethic  

Ability to maintain good grades and attendance

Ability to perform the physical requirements of the trade

Reliable transportation

Previous experience in construction is helpful, but not necessary


Application Requirements

Applicants must be 17 years of age or older, apprentices must be at least 18 years old

Present a driver’s license or photo ID

Provide a copy of your birth certificate

High school diploma and transcripts are required or an approved high school equivalency GED certificate or scores

Military transfer or discharge forms DD-214 or equivalent (if applicable)

Availability for entrance orientation/testing and interview

Note: All finalists will be drug-screened and background checked prior to employment. The recruitment, selection, employment, and training shall be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age - except that the applicant must be at least 17 years of age.