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Steamfitting-Construction Apprentice
Program Number: 504353
Your Degree:
Area of Study:
Construction, Manufacturing and Maintenance
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
20 Credits | Finish paid training and class time in 2.5 years
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$2,869.02 Tuition
$495.50 Materials/Supplemental Costs
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  • Program Overview

    Work Description

    Steamfitters assemble, install, alter and repair pipelines or pipe systems that carry water, steam, compressed air, liquids and gases required for processing, manufacturing, heating and cooling. They install piping and tubing made of carbon steel, copper, plastic, glass or other metals using a variety of processes, including brazing, welding, screwing, gluing, bending and mechanical joints.

    Work includes installation of heating and cooling equipment and mechanical control systems.

    Female student in glasses working on a steamfitters machine

    Working Conditions

    Steamfitters work in industrial plants, chemical plants, refineries, power plants, wastewater treatment plants, hospitals, and most other commercial, industrial, institutional and residential buildings. The indoor or outdoor work requires strenuous physical stamina with walking, standing, climbing, lifting and working in cramped spaces or in high areas. Steamfitters work in buildings, trenches, roofs, from scaffolding, on ladders and inside tanks. Safety training reduces hazards from exposure to chemicals, gases, fumes, loud noise and falls from ladders and scaffolds.


    • 5-year training program
    • 8,000 hours of on-the-job training
    • 500 hours of paid related instruction
    • Apprentice must complete Red Cross First Aid, CPR and OSHA Safety Training Courses
    • Apprentice must attend a certain number of hours of unpaid related instruction determined by the local committee.
    • Apprentice must in his/her final year complete the Transition-To-Trainer Course
    • Classroom subjects include drafting and blueprint reading, mathematics, applied physics and chemistry, and safety.

    Learn more from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

    Program Details

    Steamfitting-Construction Apprentice 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 Semester
    4 credits
    Second Semester
    4 credits
    Third Semester
    1.5 credits
    1 credit
    1 credit
    0.5 credits
    Fourth Semester
    1.5 credits
    1 credit
    0.5 credits
    Fifth Semester
    2 credits
    2 credits
  • Admission

    How to Apply to Steamfitter Apprenticeship

    You must apply directly to the Madison and Milwaukee Steamfitter's Joint Apprenticeship Committee (the application does not go through Madison College).

    Follow the application procedure for the union steamfitting apprenticeship from the Building Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin. You may also contact:

    Madison and Milwaukee Steamfitters Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee
    5940 Seminole Center Court, Suite 102
    Madison, WI 53711
    3300 S. 103rd St.
    Milwaukee, WI 53227

    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

    • Applicants shall be as stated in the state employment laws
    • 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
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Main Building, C2433

1701 Wright Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53704



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