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Plumbers, Steamfitters, Pipefitters, & Refrigeration Workers

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HEATING/AIR CONDITIONING INSTALLER AND SERVICER PIPEFITTERS
HOUSING PLUMBER PLUMBER
HOUSING REFRIGERATION MECHANIC PLUMBER STEAMFITTER
INDUSTRIAL MAINTENANCE PIPEFITTER REFRIGERATION FITTER
INDUSTRIAL PIPEFITTER/WELDER (MAINTENANCE) REFRIGERATION MECHANIC
INDUSTRIAL REFRIGERATION TECHNICIAN RESIDENTIAL PLUMBER
MAINTENANCE PIPEFITTER STEAMFITTER
MAINTENANCE PLUMBER/STEAMFITTER WATER PIPE WORKER
MARINE PIPEFITTER  

The Work
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.

Working Conditions
Plumbers and pipefitters are sometimes required to work in high places or in confined areas. Also, because much of the work is performed outdoors, they are exposed to adverse weather conditions at times. Repair work is often during an emergency and might be in dark, wet and cramped conditions in ditches, under houses and in other difficult situations.

The Apprenticeship
This program, depending upon trade, requires 4,000-10,000 hours of on-the-job training. Additionally, all apprentices are required to attend 144-1,000 hours related training classes. Some programs schedule these classes in the evening.

Apprenticeship Entry Requirements

  • At least 18 years old.
  • High school diploma.
  • Must have completed one year of algebra and one year of plane geometry and must produce transcript. Math education requirements may be waived if you can show proof of mathematical knowledge.
  • Score high on STAB S61R aptitude test.
  • Be a resident of the county for at least one year.
  • Valid Washington State driver's license.

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