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  • Apprenticeship FAQ's
    Updated On: Feb 03, 2016
    Apprenticeship FAQ's

    WHAT IS AN APPRENTICESHIP?

    Pipe trades apprenticeships provide training to develop highly skilled workers who will meet the rigorous demands of the pipe trades industry.    Apprentices EARN WHILE THEY LEARN the skills that are required to succeed through ON THE JOB TRAINING and related CLASSROOM TECHNICAL TRAINING.  

    WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AN APPRENTICESHIP?

    Apprentices earn a paycheck while training on the job and the rate of pay increases regularly through the apprenticeship as they learn new skills.

    Apprenticeship training emphasizes high standards of skill and instructional quality.  Apprenticeship is widely recognized as the best method of training skilled craft workers.

    HOW DOES AN APPRENTICESHIP WORK?

    Pipe Trades Apprentices learn their trade through both on the job, hands on training and classroom technical training.  

    Pipe trades practical skills are learned while working under the supervision of a journey-level trades person.  Technical aspects of the pipe trades are learned while attending evening classroom training. 

    After completion of an apprenticeship program, apprentices are advanced to journey-level status with the additional benefit of nationwide mobility at journey level scale.

    IS A PIPE TRADES APPRENTICESHIP RIGHT FOR ME?

    A pipe trades apprentice should be motivated to learn, have mechanical abilities, be able to travel for work , and be willing to work in all weather conditions.  If you believe you would enjoy a "hands on" career that requires technical knowledge and highly skilled performance, then a pipe trades apprenticeship may be right for you.

    If you are looking for a career in a satisfying and well-paying occupation, a pipe trades apprenticeship will help you achieve your goals.

    WHAT DOES A PIPE TRADES WORKER DO?

    Pipe trades workers are a highly skilled crafts-persons that build, install, maintain, and repair piping/mechanical systems in facilities, including residential homes, commercial buildings, institutional buildings, and industrial plants.  

    Pipe trades workers include Plumbers, Pipefitters, Pipe Welders, and Heating/Ventilation Technicians.

    HOW DO I APPLY FOR AN APPRENTICESHIP? 

    Apply in person Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at:

    Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union #648  

    456 North Arthur Avenue, Suite #4 

    Pocatello, Idaho

    or 

    Contact Training Coordinator, Pete Hill

    Business Phone - 208-232-6806

    email  - pete.hill.648@gmail.com

    WHAT  HAPPENS AFTER I APPLY FOR AN APPRENTICESHIP

    Demand for pipe trades workers is dependent on market conditions and the amount of work being performed by local area contractors.  An Apprenticeship Training Committee interviews apprentice applicants when there is a need in the piping industry for new apprentices.  

    During the interview the committee will ask questions with the purpose of determining the applicant's capacity and abilities to participate in an apprenticeship. 

    Selection of new apprentices is based on the applicant's level of relevant training, education, and related work experience. 

    HOW LONG DOES A PIPE TRADES APPRENTICESHIP LAST?

    A pipe trades apprenticeship is five years.   Credit for related previous work experience may be granted at the discretion of the Apprenticeship Training Committee. 


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