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Madison WI 53704

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Madison WI 53704

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Plumbing Apprentice (ABC)

Apprenticeship Completion

Program number: 504279


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.


  • 5-year training program
  • 8,000 hours of on-the-job training
  • 500 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

Explore financial aid eligibility for Plumbing Apprentice (ABC).

All courses for this program are offered only in person.


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



Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

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

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

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Sixth Semester

Seventh Semester

Eighth Semester


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.