PIPEFITTER

Union

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.

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United Association

Local 32
Step 1: Verify Eligibility

Required Qualifications
  • 18 years of age
  • Physically able
  • High school diploma/GED
  • Pass math assessment test or have recently completed Algebra course
  • Valid Washington State driver’s license
  • Pass drug screen test (completed at applicants expense)
Step 2: Apply
Apply
  • Apply at local union office weekdays 08:30-12:00 and 13:00-16:30
  • Provide copy of DD-214, driver’s license, transcripts, and proof of math proficiency, and results of drug test
  • Complete Hands-On skills assessment
  • Interview with Apprenticeship Committee Conducted 2-4 times annually
    * 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 32
Apprenticeship
  • 10,000 hours / 5 years on-the-job training
  • Minimum of 216 hours of education each year at local Training Facility.
Wages
  • Start at 50% of current journeyperson’s rate.
  • Gain 5-15% pay increase after every 1,000-2,000 hours of on-the-job training (approx. 6-12 months) plus required schooling.
  • Full 100% journeyperson’s pay after completing the program.
Starting Hourly Base Rate:
HVAC/Refrigeration Mechanic
$25.51 + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance
Plumber/Steamfitter
$26.26 + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance
Light Commercial Plumber
$20.41 + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance
Housing allowance can be found using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool

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United Association

Local 44
Step 1: Verify Eligibility

Required Qualifications
  • 18 years of age
  • Physically able
  • High school diploma/GED
  • Completion of one year of algebra or plane geometry
  • Pass math and English assessment test
  • Valid Washington or Oregon driver’s license
  • Pass drug screen test (completed at applicants expense)
Step 2: Apply
Apply
  • Obtain application from local union office weekdays 08:00-12:00 and 13:00-17:00
  • Within 30 days return completed application with copy of DD-214, driver’s license, transcripts, assessment test results, and drug test results
  • Interview with Apprenticeship Committee Conducted twice annually in May and November
    * 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 44
Apprenticeship
  • 10,000 hours / 5 years on-the-job training
  • Minimum of 216 hours of education each year at local Training Facility and through    Spokane Community College
Wages
  • Start at 40-50% of current journeyperson’s rate.
  • Gain 2.5-5% 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:
Maintenance Plumber/Steamfitter
$16.56 + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance
Plumber; Steamfitter; and HVAC/Refrigeration Mechanic
$18.63 + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance
Residential Plumber
$20.71 + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance
Housing allowance can be found using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool

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United Association

Local 598
Step 1: Verify Eligibility

Required Qualifications
  • 18 years of age
  • Physically able
  • High school diploma/GED
  • Completion of one year of algebra or plane geometry
  • Pass math and English assessment test
  • Valid Washington or Oregon driver’s license
  • Pass drug screen test (completed at applicants expense)
Step 2: Apply
Apply
  • Obtain application from local union office weekdays 13:00-16:00.
  • Within 60 days return completed application with copy of DD-214, driver’s license, birth certificate, transcripts, assessment test results, drug test results, work history, and letters of recommendation
  • Interview with Apprenticeship Committee Conducted once annually in the fall.
    * 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, test scores, education, and training
Step 3: Start with local 598
Apprenticeship
  • 10,000 hours / 5 years on-the-job training
  • Minimum of 250 hours of education each year at local Training Facility and through  
Wages
  • Start at 45% 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:
$22.71 + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance
Housing allowance can be found using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool

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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.