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Pipefitters Apprenticeship


What is a Pipefitter?

The pipefitting trade includes but is not limited to the fabrication, installation, maintenance and repair of all types of pipes and related materials. This includes installing hot water and steam heating systems, refrigeration, air conditioning, oil burners, stokers, power piping, welding, industrial process piping, pneumatic and digital temperature control equipment, high and low pressure boilers, pneumatic piping, hydraulic piping and system commissioning.

Employers that hire Pipefitters include:

  • Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration construction companies
  • Mechanical construction firms
  • Pulp and paper mills
  • Primary Steel producers
  • Utility companies
  • Motor vehicle manufacturers
  • Metal fabricating companies
  • Oil refineries

Pipefitter skills include:
  • Layout
  • Detailing
  • CAD drawing
  • Pipe threading
  • Plasma cutting
  • Brazing
  • Soldering
  • Mitering
  • Tube bending
  • Welding (MiG, TiG, SMAW, GMAW, Orbital)
  • Rigging
  • Valve installation and repair

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Apprenticeship Program

The Pipefitters Apprenticeship Program consists of five years of classroom and lab training. Apprentices have opportunities to advance in all aspects of the Pipefitting industry. Our training provides the framework for Construction and HVAC Service Apprentices to develop into highly skilled Journeyman. Apprentices work full-time, when work is available, during the day. School is in session for 28 weeks, September thru mid-April. Scheduled holiday breaks are included through out the program. Apprentices attend classes 2 nights per week on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday evenings from 5:00pm - 9:00pm.

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Wages and Benefits

Apprentice wages are based on what the Journeymen are making. 1st Year Apprentices start out at 50% of the Journeyman hourly wage, and go to different percentages each year of the Apprenticeship. 2nd year 55%, 3rd year 60%, 4th year 70% and 5th year 75%. These wages are negotiated every three years. A first year Apprentice is on probation the first year, upon completing that year the contractor then begins paying into their pension plan. Health care is provided after each member has completed a qualifying period and is part of the benefit package.

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Basic Qualifications

The applicant must be 18 years of age prior to date of applying. Applicant must be a High School Graduate or have passed a High School Equivalent Test (GED).
Each conditionally selected Applicant will be required to take a urinalysis test, if applicant refuses to take such a test, applicant will not be considered. The urinalysis test will be paid for by the Apprenticeship Fund.

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Non Discrimination

The recruitment, selection, employment, and training of apprentices during their apprenticeship, shall be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. The Pipe Fitters Local 533 Educational Training Fund 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.

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How and Where to Apply

Applications for the Pipefitter Apprentice Program can be picked up at the Training Center on the first Monday of each month from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. If the first Monday is a holiday, applications can be picked up the following Monday. Applications may only be picked up on that Monday, but may be returned any day Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM (excluding holidays).

We cannot accept incomplete applications or applications that are submitted without all of the following documents:

  • A copy of your birth certificate
  • A copy of your high school transcripts
  • A copy of your High School Diploma
  • A copy of your DD214 if you served in the military
    We do not make photocopies

If you have a GED, you must still provide a copy of your transcript from the last high school you attended, a copy of your GED certificate and GED test scores.

If you are interested in applying for the Pipefitter Apprenticeship, you can call (816) 761-8800 and ask for the information line. Additional information about program requirements are provided through the information line.

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Following are some areas of study provided during Apprenticeship. Advanced Electricity, Advanced Refrigeration, Backflow Prevention and Certification, Basic Systems, Code Study, Digital Controls, Drafting, Electricity, Fiber Optics and Industrial Controls, Hydronic and Steam Heating Systems, Instrumentation, Job Safety and Health, Low Temperature Refrigeration, Math, OSHA 10 & 30, Pneumatics, Refrigeration, Rigging, Science, Start, Test and Balance, Tube Bending, Welding.

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