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Plumber Apprenticeship Program

Area II Plumbers JATC administers the Plumber program contracts with Chemeketa to provides courses in this registered apprenticeship program.

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Plumber classes are not open to the public--plumbing apprentices only

Jan 9-Mar 25, 2023

Winter Course

Title

*CRNs

Lab &

Lecture

In-Person Day(s)

Time

Location

Instructor

Year 1

APR158B

Math/Print Reading

63377 &

63378

**Moved to Thursdays**

6-8:50 pm

Bldg 20, Rm 213

Butler

Year 1

APR158B

Math/Print Reading

55286 &

55287

Wed

6-8:50 pm

Bldg 20, Rm 215

Butler

Year 2

APR158E

Occupancy

55288 &

55289

Mon

6-8:50 pm

Bldg 20, Rm 213

Butler

Year 2

APR158E

Occupancy

62939 &

62941 

Tue

6-8:50 pm

Bldg 20, Rm 213

 
Butler 

Year 3

APR258G

Comm Install

55290 &

55291

Mon & Wed

6-8:50 pm

Bldg 3, Rm 101

Maniar

Year 4

APR258K

Basic Waste Wtr Sys

55292 &

55293

Mon & Tue

6-8:50 pm

Bldg 9, Rm 111

Duell 

Year 4

APR258K

Basic Waste Wtr Sys

64690 &

64691

Wed & Thu

6-8:50 pm

Bldg 9, Rm 111

Duell

Online Hybrid Option - Instructor Craig Watkins Brandt

Permission required from the JATC to take classes online 

Jan 9-Mar 25, 2023

Winter Course

Title

*CRNs

Lab &

Lecture

In-Person

Final Exam

Locations

Year 1

APR158B

Math/Print Reading

57049 &

57051

Sat, Mar 18

10 am - 3 pm

Bldg 20, Rm 121

Year 2

APR158E

Occupancy

57907 &

57908

Sat, Mar 18

10 am - 3 pm

Bldg 20, Rm 121

Year 3

APR258H

Comm Install

57053 &

57054

 

Sat, Mar 18

10 am - 3 pm

Bldg 20, Rm 121

Year 4

APR258K

Basic Waste Wtr Sys

55294 &

55295

Sat, Mar 18

10 am - 3 pm

Bldg 20, Rm 121

*Register for both Lecture & Lab

 

  • Application openings

    Applications openings

    • Based on industry need
    • Announced 30 days before applications are accepted at the Area II JATC office

    Sign-up at the Area II Plumbing JATC's website to receive a notice for future openings and more information.

    Area II Plumbers JATC
    2475 Lancaster Dr. NE B-9
    PO Box 7106
    Salem, OR 97303
    503.991.5203
    officeadmin@area2app.com

    Successful applicants are ranked based on points they received with their application and sent to employers in rank order.

    Women, Veterans and minorities are encouraged to apply.

  • Placement Testing

    Chemeketa Placement Testing for Apprenticeship

    1. Submit this online form to determine the test you need:  placement assessment 
    2. Answer all questions, and Chemeketa Placement staff will direct you to the correct placement test. Under the Intent section, select “I am applying for an Apprenticeship...”
    3. You will be notified by Placement staff with further instructions on how to take the placement test. Allow five business days to hear back.
    4. You will take the placement test at home, online and at your convenience.
    5. Once completed, email placement@chemeketa.edu to request a PDF copy of your results. Allow two business days to receive the results.
    6. Questions or concerns? Contact apprenticeship@chemeketa.edu
  • Job description

    Working conditions

    Plumbing work is done indoors and outdoors:

    • in newly constructed and existing buildings,
    • in all kinds of weather,
    • around noise, dirt and mud,
    • often working in cramped areas and in awkward positions.  

    Plumbers assemble, install and repair according to specifications and plumbing codes.

    • Pipes
    • Fittings
    • Medical gas systems
    • Heating and water fixtures
    • Water and drainage systems
      • Sinks
      • Toilets
      • Bathtubs
      • Water heaters
      • Hot water tanks
      • Garbage disposal units
  • How much can you earn?

    How much can you earn? 

    Average journey-level wage for 2022 is $38.47 per hour. 

    Select the link for the full Area II Plumbers wage scale

    Successful plumber apprentices qualify for state licensure and earn their journey-level card.

     

  • Qualifications

    Qualifications

    • Proof of age--18 years or older
    • High school diploma or GED Certificate
    • Math (Classes qualify with a grade "C" or higher).  Choose one or more of the following - 
      1. High School transcript with one-year Algebra or equivalent 
      2. OR - one post high school algebra course
      3. OR - place into Math 60 or higher on the Chemeketa math placement test

    Note: If you need to take a placement test, see instructions in the Placement Testing section above.

  • Training & degrees

    Training

    • This is a four-year program that combines 7,700 hours of on-the-job training with concurrent related-training credit courses.
    • Apprentices earn 13 academic credits per year and attend classes in the fall, winter and spring.
    • Classroom instruction is two evenings per week combined with on-the-job training to provide the most comprehensive course of study for an apprentice in the plumbing trade.

    Additional training & degrees

    Additional Training and Degrees Credits can be applied to a Certificate or AAS degree and can transfer to OIT for a BS degree.

  • Prepare while waiting

    While waiting for an opening, you may compile a portfolio of documentation required for program entry.

    • Diploma or GED certificate
    • Transcripts from high school and college
    • Placement test scores
    • Work experience documented on letterhead with the tasks listed and years of service (construction related)
    • Trades and safety certificates
    • For Veterans, a copy of the DD224 long form
  • Suggested Classes

    Suggested high school and college classes to prepare for your career

    Trade

    • Blueprint Reading
    • Construction Classes
    • Drafting/CAD
    • Electrical Theory
    • Electronics
    • Residential Wiring
    • Trade Skills Fundamentals
    • Welding

    Math

    • Algebra I & II
    • Calculus
    • Geometry
    • Trigonometry

    Other

    • CPR/First Aid

     

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