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.
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.
- 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.
Apprenticeship 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 2022-2023 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 SemesterSecond SemesterThird SemesterFourth SemesterFifth SemesterSixth SemesterSeventh SemesterEighth Semester
How to Apply
You must apply directly to the Madison Plumbing Joint Apprenticeship Committee (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. You may also contact:
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.
- 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
Madison College 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, fitting, 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 Report Summary Overview
2019 2020 2021 Number of Program Graduates 19 30 27 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
2019 2020 2021 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
2019 2020 2021 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
2019 2020 2021 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
2019 2020 2021 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)
2019 2020 2021 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 2019 2020 2021 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count Average Monthly Wage Average Hourly Wage Average Work Hours per Week Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count Average Hourly Wage Average Work Hours per Week