Steamfitters (Refrigeration/Service) install, start-up, perform preventative maintenance, troubleshoot, diagnose and service heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems, equipment and controls in piping systems which carry water, steam, chemicals, compressed air, liquid gases or fuel used in energy production, heating, cooling, food processing, manufacturing, lubricating and other process piping systems.
They install, service, and start-up components of heating, ventilation, refrigeration and air conditioning systems including basic knowledge as follows:
- Blueprint readings, drawings, specifications, and written instructions from manufacturers.
- Rigging, setting, supporting and controlling related equipment.
- Measure, cut, bend, prepare and join all types of pipe, including threading, welding, brazing, soldering, cementing, mechanical joining.
- Pressure test systems to detect leaks.
- Test systems to detect problems in electronic, pneumatic, digital, electrical, software or programmable logic controls.
- Works independently on proper piping practices in the industry and confirms proper function of installed/repaired heating, ventilation, refrigeration and air conditioning systems, equipment and controls.
The work is performed at various job sites, including new construction, hospitals, industrial, chemical, power and waste water treatment plants, and most other commercial or institutional buildings, as well as residential sites. Work is accomplished in buildings, trenches, on roofs or inside tunnels or confined spaces. Work usually requires exposure to weather conditions, extreme temperatures, and loud noise. Steamfitters (Refrigeration/Service) work both indoors and outdoors at physically demanding tasks that often require climbing and heavy lifting (over 50 lbs.), strenuous physical stamina with walking, standing and working in cramped or high areas using appropriate Personal Protection Equipment. Steamfitters operate various hand and power tools, heavy equipment, welding machines, cutting torches and other industry related equipment.
- Five-year training program
- 8,000 hours on-the-job training
- 500 hours 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
Lean more from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
Steamfitter (Refrigeration/Service) 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
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How to Apply to Steamfitter (Refrigeration/Service) 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.
- Must be 18 years of age
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Meet required norms on aptitude test (if required)
- Physically able to perform trade work
- Valid driver's license or reliable transportation