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Chemeketa's Plumber Apprenticeship Program

Area II Plumbers JATC administers the Plumbing program and contracts with Chemeketa to provide courses in this registered apprenticeship program.

How to Apply

Area ll Plumbers JATC MA#2015 opens for applications August 25, 2021 and closes September 7, 2021. Applications and documentation must be received by 4 pm on September 7, 2021See details below. 

Classes are not open to the public--only limited to plumbing apprentices.

Fall 2021 Plumber Classes - Face-to-Face Hybrid

YearCourse IDTitle **CRNsMeet on
1st APR158A Plumber Appr Fundamentals 34855/34856 Mon Watkins Brandt
2nd APR158D Plumber Appr Basic Install 43043/43044 Tue Staff
3rd APR258G Plumber Appr Residntl Install 34861/34862 Mon Forbes
3rd APR258G Plumber Appr Residntl Install 43712/43713 Wed Forbes
4th APR258J Plumber Appr Industrial Install 34865/34866 Mon/Tue Duell

**Fall classes are meeting face-to-face on the scheduled days and times and meeting remotely via Zoom or online for the other sessions. Fall classes begin September 27, 2021.

Fall 2021 Plumber Classes - Online Hybrid

YearCourse IDTitle *CRNsInstructor
1st APR158A Plumber Appr Fundamentals 36928/36929 Forbes
2nd APR158D Plumber Appr Basic Install 34859/34860 Forbes
3rd APR258G Plumber Appr Residntl Install 36930/36931 Forbes
4th APR258J Plumber Appr Industrial Install 36932/36933 Forbes

*You must have permission from the JATC to take classes online.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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 2021 is $37.27 per hour. 

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


  • Qualifications


    • Proof of age--18 years or older
    • High school diploma or GED Certificate
    • Math (one or more items below qualifies):
      1. High School transcript with one-year Algebra or equivalent with grade "C" or higher 
      2. OR--one post high school algebra course with a grade "C" or higher
      3. OR--place into Math 060 or higher on the Chemeketa math placement test
  • Training & degrees


    • 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 High School or College Classes


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


    • Algebra I & II
    • Calculus
    • Geometry
    • Trigonometry


    • CPR/First Aid


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