At Plumbers, Pipefitters & HVACR Technicians Local Union 72, apprenticeship is a belief.
We believe everyone in the skilled trades industry must have both classroom and On The Job training to be productive and safe. Our employers rely on everyone sharing what they know and having a true feeling of pride in their work.
Now, before anyone submits an application to become an apprentice, each individual MUST ask him or herself - Am I looking for a job? OR do I want a career? This may seem like semantical mumbo jumbo, but the Plumbers, Pipefitters & Service Technicians Local Union 72 are searching for people with a strong passion and love for their occupation. There will be days our apprentices will question WHY they chose to dedicate their future to this occupation. Is it simply for a paycheck? If it is, you will likely not make it through the 5 years to become a Journeyman.
Here are the five (5) requirements each individual must submit in order to be considered:
• Must be 18 years of age or older
• Have a High School Education
• One year of High School Algebra
• Achieve a specific qualifying score on an aptitude test
• Must pass a drug test
Here are the facts... A large percentage of those attempting to become an apprentice do not make it past the first year. During the first 12 months, our instructors are looking for the best. They need to see your commitment for craftsmanship and ambition. We only want the best, because that is what our members and employers expect. Our employers require each member to bring their heart and a clear head to work everyday. They must conduct themselves in a manner which respects the organization and the membership they represent.
All applicants are evaluated on the same fair basis, without regard to race, sex, national origin or religious affiliation. UA apprentices learn through both classroom and on-the-job training in what is considered by many to be the best construction industry apprentice program in the world. The five-year apprenticeship period is divided into one-year segments, each of which includes 1,700 to 2,000 hours of on the job training and a minimum of 246 hours of related classroom instruction. All UA apprentices receive a strong general education in the trade, with core courses in basics such as mathematics, science, drafting, welding and other pipe trades related courses. At a certain point, apprentices can choose a specific path to follow, to be trained as a journeyman plumber, pipefitter, welder or HVACR Technician.