PIPEFITTER

Plumbers, steamfitters, pipefitters, and refrigeration fitters are all crafts people who install piping systems that carry water, steam, air, and other liquids or gases necessary for sanitation, industrial production, heating and air conditioning, and many other uses. They also alter, remodel, and repair existing piping systems and install plumbing fixtures, radiators, and other heating units, some appliances, as well as refrigeration and air conditioning equipment. Workers measure, cut and bend pipe, weld, braze, caulk, solder, glue or thread joints at residential and commercial job sites.

SELECT AN APPRENTICESHIP LOCATION

United Association

Local 26
Step 1: Verify Eligibility

Required Qualifications
  • 18 years of age
  • Physically able
  • High school diploma/GED
  • Pass math and English assessment test
  • Current, valid Washington State driver’s license
  • Pass drug screen test (completed at applicants expense)
Step 2: Apply
Apply
  • Apply at local union office during designated openings available on application hotline 360-486-9406
  • Provide copy of DD-214, proof of education, assessment test results, and driver’s license
  • Complete interview with Apprenticeship Committee
    * Veterans can apply through Helmets to Hardhats for fast-track to apprenticeship.
    * Active Duty Service Members may be able to participate in Veterans in Piping (VIP) program prior to separation. 
Applicant Pool
  • Placed in pool of eligible applicants
  • Ranked based on interview including work experience, education, and training
Step 3: Start with local 26
Apprenticeship
  • 10,000 hours / 5 years on-the-job training
  • Minimum of 216 hours of education each year through local Training Facility
Wages
  • Start at 50% of current journeyperson’s rate.
  • Gain 5% pay increase after every 1,000 hours of on-the-job training (approx. 6 months) plus required schooling.
  • Full 100% journeyperson’s pay after completing the program.
Starting Hourly Base Rate:
$20.89 + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance
Housing allowance can be found using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool

SEARCH SCHOOL NAMESOUTHWEST WASHINGTON PIPE TRADES JATC

United Association

Local 26
Step 1: Verify Eligibility

Required Qualifications
  • 18 years of age
  • Physically able
  • High school diploma/GED
  • Pass math and English assessment test
  • Current, valid Washington State driver’s license
  • Pass drug screen test (completed at applicants expense)
Step 2: Apply
Apply
  • Apply at local union office weekdays 08:00-12:00 and 13:00-17:00
  • Provide copy of DD-214, proof of education, assessment test results, and driver’s license
  • Complete interview with Apprenticeship Committee
    * Veterans can apply through Helmets to Hardhats for fast-track to apprenticeship.
    * Active Duty Service Members may be able to participate in Veterans in Piping (VIP) program prior to separation. 
Applicant Pool
  • Placed in pool of eligible applicants
  • Ranked based on interview including work experience, education, and training
Step 3: Start with local 26
Apprenticeship
  • 10,000 hours / 5 years on-the-job training
  • Minimum of 216 hours of education each year through local Training Facility
Wages
  • Start at 50% of current journeyperson’s rate.
  • Gain 5% pay increase after every 1,000 hours of on-the-job training (approx. 6 months) plus required schooling.
  • Full 100% journeyperson’s pay after completing the program.
Starting Hourly Base Rate:
$20.89 + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance
Housing allowance can be found using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool

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United Association

Local 26
Step 1: Verify Eligibility

Required Qualifications
  • 18 years of age
  • Physically able
  • High school diploma/GED
  • Pass math and English assessment test
  • Current, valid Washington State driver’s license
  • Pass drug screen test (completed at applicants expense)
Step 2: Apply
Apply
  • Apply at local union office weekdays 08:00-12:00 and 13:00-17:00
  • Provide copy of DD-214, proof of education, assessment test results, and driver’s license
  • Complete interview with Apprenticeship Committee
    * Veterans can apply through Helmets to Hardhats for fast-track to apprenticeship.
    * Active Duty Service Members may be able to participate in Veterans in Piping (VIP) program prior to separation.
Applicant Pool
  • Placed in pool of eligible applicants
  • Ranked based on interview including work experience, education, and training
Step 3: Start with local 26
Apprenticeship
  • 10,000 hours / 5 years on-the-job training
  • Minimum of 216 hours of education each year through local Training Facility
Wages
  • Start at 50% of current journeyperson’s rate.
  • Gain 5% pay increase after every 1,000 hours of on-the-job training (approx. 6 months) plus required schooling.
  • Full 100% journeyperson’s pay after completing the program.
Starting Hourly Base Rate:
$20.89 + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance
Housing allowance can be found using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool

SEARCH SCHOOL NAMENORTHWEST WASHINGTON PIPE TRADES APPREN COMMITTEE

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Calculate Starting Pay With GI Bill ®

Estimated Wage Calculator

All calculations based on a 160 hours/month work schedule.

*Contact union local for updated wage information.

GI Bill Usage Breakdown:
100% – 1-6 months
80% – 6-12 months
60% – 12-18 months
40% – 18-24 months
20% – 24-30 months
*Usage Optional
Eligible veterans in an approved Apprenticeship Program can use their GI Bill® benefit and receive a tax-free stipend on a monthly basis. The Post 9/11 GI Bill® stipend is the equivalent of the Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) of an E-5 with dependents (based on the zip code of the training facility) which is paid addition to normal wages. Refer to the chart below to understand how Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits are paid, or consult the VA website www.benefits.va.gov/gibill (Link) to see how other VA chapters are paid for Apprenticeship Training.