Apprenticeship Program - Plumbers
Plumbers assemble, install and repair pipes, fittings, medical gas systems and fixtures of heating, water and drainage systems, such as sinks, commodes, bathtubs, water heaters, hot water tanks, garbage disposal units, dishwashers and water according to specifications and plumbing codes. They locate and mark the position of pipe, pipe connections and passage holes for pipes in walls and floors using ruler, spirit level and plumb bob. They cut openings in walls and floors to accommodate pipe and pipe fittings, using hand tools and a threading machine. Plumbers also bend pipe using a pipe-bending machine or by placing pipe over a block and bending it by hand, assemble and install valves, pipe fittings and pipes composed of various metals or glass, vitrified clay, and plastic, and use hand tools and power tools. Plumbers may weld holding fixtures to structures.
- H.S. Diploma or GED
- Knowledge of basic Algebra
- Valid Oregon driver's license
- Must be at least 18 years of age
*Local apprenticeship committee may require additional qualifications.
The work is done indoors and outdoors, in existing and newly constructed buildings, in all kinds of weather, and around noise, dirt and mud. Plumbers often work in cramped areas and in awkward positions.
Minimum Journey-level Wage
$30.50 per hour
Recommended High School or College Courses
- Trade Skills Fundamentals
- Residential Wiring
- Introduction to Advanced Technology
- Plumbing Trade Introduction
- CPR/First Aid Certification
- Construction classes
- Blueprint Reading
- Algebra I & II
- Electrical Theory
Length of Apprenticeship
The apprenticeship agreement combines both the on-the-job experience and classroom related training instruction over a period of four years. A minimum of 144 hours of related training per year is recommended and at least 8,000 hours of on-the-job training. Upon completion of the program, apprentices are referred to the Oregon Building Codes Division for the licensing exam.
Associate of Applied Science Degree - ** Catalog Listing
Lane's AAS degree in Construction Trades General Apprenticeship can be earned once a student meets the requirements for both related training and general education.