A plumber/pipefitter installs, maintains, repairs and tests many different types of pipe systems. These skilled workers install pipe systems that carry water, waste drainage, steam, air, or other liquids or gases needed for sanitation, industrial production, medical or other uses. They also alter or repair existing pipe systems and install plumbing fixtures, appliances and heating and refrigeration units.
Work may be indoor or outdoor in all weather; in high places or in trenches. Plumbers and pipe fitters require physical stamina because of frequent heavy lifting and being on one’s feet for long periods of time.
- Be at least 17 years of age
- Possess a High School diploma with a 2.0 GPA or GED Certificate with 145 or higher
- Have an official high school transcript with two years of math with 2.0 GPA or higher and one year of science with 2.0 GPA or higher
- Complete a trade-related aptitude test
- Have a valid Ohio driver’s license and transportation
How do I prepare for the trade?
It will be helpful to have completed courses in or possess the following skills:
- Good reading ability
- General math, algebra, geometry
- General science, chemistry, and physics
- Blueprint reading and mechanical drawing
- Welding, metal and machine shop
- Good work ethic
- Good attendance
What are the program specifics?
- Length of the program is 5 years
- Probationary period is 1,600 work hours
- Minimum of 168 hours of classroom-related training each year
- Minimum of 8,000 hours of on-the-job training – 5 years
- Starting pay is 50% of journeyperson wage
- Health insurance, pension, and annuity