Water is a force of nature – and you’re out to tame it. It’ll take a lot of training – but you’ll have more fun learning on the job.
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Plumbing Apprentice (ABC)
Program Number: 504279
Your Degree:
Apprenticeship
Area of Study:
Construction, Manufacturing and Maintenance
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
16 Credits | Finish paid training and class time in as little as 1 year (programs vary)
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$2,730.89

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  • Program Overview

    Work Description

    Plumbers install, repair and maintain the water supply, wastewater treatment, drainage and gas systems in homes, commercial and industrial buildings. The work includes plumbing tasks to assemble, install and repair pipes, fittings and fixtures of heating, water and drainage systems according to specifications and plumbing codes. Plumbers also install sanitary facilities, such as lavatories, toilets, tubs, bathroom fixtures, showers, kitchen fixtures, drinking fountains and laundry equipment.

    Working Conditions

    Plumbing work can be indoors or outdoors in existing and newly constructed buildings, in various weather conditions and around noise, dirt and mud. The work requires physical strength and stamina with prolonged standing, lifting heavy pipes and equipment, and working in cramped, awkward or uncomfortable positions. Training in safety practices prevents the risk of dangers with falls from ladders, cuts from sharp tools and burns from hot pipes or soldering equipment.

    Training

    • 5-year training program
    • 8,000 hours of on-the-job training
    • 572 hours of paid related instruction
    • 260 hours of unpaid related instruction
    • Apprentice must complete Red Cross First Aid, CPR, and OSHA Safety Training Courses during his/her first year
    • First Aid/CPR Course Certification must be kept current throughout the duration of the apprenticeship
    • Apprentice must in his/her final year complete the Transition-To-Trainer Course

    Topics include plumbing code, repair and service, materials, installation of fixtures and appliances, system design, trade math, safety, science, blueprint reading and isometric drawing.

    Learn more from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

    Program Details

    Plumbing Apprentice (ABC) classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Commercial Avenue
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    50-427-751
    2 credits
    Second Semester
    50-427-752
    2 credits
    Third Semester
    50-427-753
    2 credits
    Fourth Semester
    50-427-754
    2 credits
    Fifth Semester
    50-427-755
    2 credits
    Sixth Semester
    Seventh Semester
    50-427-757
    2 credits
    Eighth Semester
    50-427-758
    2 credits
  • Admission

    How to Apply

    You must apply directly to the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) (the application does not go through Madison College).

    Follow the application procedure for union plumber apprenticeship from the Building Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin

    Follow the application procedure for an ABC plumbing apprenticeship from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). You may also contact:

    Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
    5330 Wall St.
    Madison, WI 53718
    800.829.9926

    All apprenticeships require an employer sponsor. After passing the application process, you will be responsible for finding an employer to sponsor you as an apprentice before you may begin the program.

    Application Requirements

    • High school diploma or equivalent
    • Meet required norms on aptitude test (if required)
    • Physically able to perform trade
    • Valid driver’s license or reliable transportation
  • Career Outcomes

    Madison College Plumbing Apprenticeship graduates are prepared to:  

    • Assemble pipe sections, tubing and fittings, using couplings, hangers, cement and plastic solvent, soldering, brazing and welding equipment.
    • Cut openings in structures to accommodate pipes and pipe fittings, using hand and power tools.
    • Fill pipes or plumbing fixtures with water or air and observe pressure gauges to detect and locate leaks.
    • Hang steel supports from ceiling joists to hold pipes in place.
    • Install pipe assemblies, fittings, valves, appliances such as dishwashers and water heaters, and fixtures such as sinks and toilets, using hand and power tools.
    • Install underground storm, sanitary and water piping systems and extend piping to connect fixtures and plumbing to these systems.
    • Repair and maintain plumbing, replace defective washers, replace or mend broken pipes, and open clogged drains.
    • Interpret building plans and inspect structures to assess material and equipment needs.
    • Determine the material, methods and tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings or other structures such as highways and roads.
    • Maintain a working knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses and repairs.
    • Maintain a working knowledge of blueprint reading, the plumbing code, math and theory.
    • Students must be able to understand detailed written and verbal communication.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Program Graduates 18 53 24
      Number of Surveys Sent
      Number of Surveys Returned
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment 0 0 0
      Percent Available for Employment
      Not in Labor Market 0 0 0
      Percent Not in Labor Market
      Available for Employment

      2018 2019 2020
      Graduates Employed 0 0 0
      Percent of Graduates Employed
      Employed in Related Occupation 0 0 0
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 0 0
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation
      Employed - No Response 0 0 0
      Percent Employed - No Response
      Seeking Employment 0 0 0
      Percent Seeking Employment
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 0 0 0
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 0 0 0
      Very Satisfied (4) 0 0 0
      Percent Very Satisfied
      Satisfied (3) 0 0 0
      Percent Satisfied
      Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0
      Percent Unsatisfied
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 0 0 0
      Preparation for Getting a Job 0 0 0
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job
      Career Change 0 0 0
      Percent Career Change
      Improvement of Existing Skills 0 0 0
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills
      Preparation for Further Education 0 0 0
      Percent Preparation for Further Education
      Personal Interest 0 0 0
      Percent Personal Interest
      Other 0 0 0
      Percent Other
      When Employment was Obtained

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 0 0 0
      Before Enrollment 0 0 0
      Percent Before Enrollment
      While Attending the College 0 0 0
      Percent While Attending the College
      After Training at the College 0 0 0
      Percent After Training at the College
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Employment Location Responses 0 0 0
      In College District 0 0 0
      Percent In College District
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 0 0
      Percent of In Wisconsin
      Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0
      Percent Outside Wisconsin
      Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0
      Percent Location Unknown
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2018 2019 2020
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count
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Contact the School of Technologies and Trades

Madison Truax Campus
Main Building, A2105

1701 Wright Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53704

tandt@madisoncollege.edu
608.246.6800

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Hours

  • Monday – Friday: 8 am - 4:30 pm