Plumbing Apprenticeship

About the Career
Imagine a home or business without a plumbing system–drinking a cool glass of water, cooking, and showering would be an inconvenience at best. Plumbing systems and those who install, repair, and maintain them are critical to the building process. The Plumbing Apprenticeship program is an employer-sponsored, hands-on training program under the direction of a master plumber. If you're looking for a specialized career that's always in demand, becoming a journey-level plumber is an excellent choice. According to U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for plumbers are expected to be plentiful well into the next decade.

About this apprenticeship

Once indentured to the Lake to Lake Plumbing Joint Apprenticeship Committee, you will be invited to attend your paid related instruction at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, WI. FVTC Plumbing.

2014-2015 Program Courses

Hours
The Plumbing Apprenticeship requires 8,000 work hours. 7,500 on the job and 500 in paid related instruction. In addition, 260 hours of unpaid related night school is required.

Wages
To get an idea of current wages in the construction trades, visit www.newbt.org. You can get an idea of what other LTC program graduates are paid by reviewing the LTC graduate follow up survey.

Costs
Contact Linda Schraa at Fox Valley Technical College at 920-735-5778 for approximate costs.

Employers
Companies in the Manitowoc/Sheboygan area that have employed plumbers in the past include:

  • Aldag Honold Mechanical Inc.
  • D & M Plumbing & Heating Inc.
  • Harbor City Plumbing
  • Haucke Plumbing & Heating Inc.
  • Heim Plumbing Inc.
  • Luisier Plumbing Inc.
  • Maribel Heating & Plumbing Inc.
  • Plymouth Plumbing and Heating

Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship, you will receive:

  1. A Certificate of Completion of the Apprenticeship from the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
  2. A Journey-Worker card from the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
  3. Eligibility to transfer 39 credits into a Journey-Worker Technical Studies Associate Degree.

What are the steps to apply?

Step 1:
Ensure that each of the following documents are completed and submitted to:

Apprenticeship Office
Lakeshore Technical College
1290 North Avenue
Cleveland, WI 53015-1414

Office Number: 920.693.1279
Fax Number: 920.693.3508

Email: nancy.bruckschen@gotoltc.edu

  1. The Apprentice Application.
  2. Proof of age (i.e., driver's license, birth certificate, passport).
  3. The Transcript Request form showing a high school diploma or equivalent.
  4. Accuplacer scores of 66 for math, 66 for reading, and 34 for algebra.

Step 2:
Once these items are verified and in the apprenticeship office, you will be scheduled for an advisory committee interview at their next meeting.

Step 3:
If everything is in order, you will be issued a Letter of Introduction from the committee. You'll use this letter to apply for work in the trade. You must have a sponsoring employer before receiving an apprentice contract and being invited to school.

Step 4:
You and the employer work with the local Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards- Apprenticeship Training Representative (ATR) to complete an apprenticeship contract/indenture. At that time, you and the employer then appear before the committee where the contract is approved.

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