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Plumber Apprenticeship Program

Plumbing is a registered apprenticeship program. The Area II Plumbers JATC administers the program and contracts with Chemeketa to provide courses for registered apprentices.

Chemeketa's Plumber Apprenticeship Program

How to Apply

The plumbing program is open for applications based on industry need. Openings are announced 30 days before applications are accepted Plumber at the Area II JATC office. 

Applications will be accepted December 1-31, 2018.

Area ll Plumbers JATC MA#2015 will be open for applications Dec. 1st to Dec. 31st, 2018. 

To apply please contact;

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 order.

While waiting for an opening, potential applicants may compile a portfolio of documentation required for program entry, including –

  • 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 DD214 long form

Women, Veterans and minorities are encouraged to apply.

You can sign-up at the Area II Plumbing JATC's website to receive a notice for future openings.

Job Description

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

  • Pipes
  • Fittings
  • Medical gas systems
  • Heating and water fixtures
    • Water and drainage systems such as –
      • Sinks
      • Toilets
      • Bathtubs
      • Water heaters
      • Hot water tanks
      • Garbage disposal units

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

How Much Can You Earn?

Average journey-level wage for 2017 is $30.44 per hour.

Working Conditions

Plumbing work is done indoors and outdoors, in existing and newly constructed buildings, in all kinds of weather, and around noise, dirt and mud. Plumbers often work cramped areas and in awkward positions.

Qualifications

  • Proof of age—18 years or older
  • High school diploma or GED Certificate
  • High School transcript with one-year Algebra or equivalent with grade “C” or higher OR one post high school algebra course with a grade “C” or higher OR place into Math 060 or higher on the Chemeketa math placement test

Suggested High School or College Classes

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

Math

  • Algebra I & II
  • Calculus
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry

Other

  • CPR/First Aid

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 a year and attend classes in the fall, winter and spring. Classroom instruction is two evenings a week combined with on-the-job training to provide the most comprehensive course of study for an apprentice in the plumbing trade.

Fall 2018 Classes*
Plumber ApprenticeshipCorrespondence Plumber
APR158A 34855 & 34856 1st year w/Craig Watkins-Brandt APR158A 36928 &36929 1st year w/Steve Forbes
APR158D 34857 & 34858 2nd year w/Max Butler-Margerum APR158D 34859 & 34860 2nd year w/Steve Forbes 
APR258G 34861 & 34862 3rd year w/Frank Dyemartin APR258G 36930 & 36931 3rd year w/Steve Forbes
APR258J 34865 & 34866 4th year w/Brad Duell APR258J 36932 & 36933 4th year w/Steve Forbes

*For admitted apprentices only.

 

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.

More Information

Area II Plumbing JATC

Oregon Apprenticeship

Bureau of Labor and Industries Apprenticeship and Training Division

Oregon Tradeswomen