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Plumbing Apprentice (JAC)

Apprenticeship Completion

Program number: 504273

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
  • 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

Apprenticeship classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Commercial Avenue

Explore financial aid eligibility for Plumbing Apprentice (JAC).

All courses for this program are offered only in person.

Admission

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:

Madison Plumbing Joint Apprenticeship Committee
5940 Seminole Center Court, Suite 102
Madison, WI 53711
(608) 288-1414

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
Curriculum

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2019-2020 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.

First Semester

50-427-753

2 credits


Second Semester

50-427-751

2 credits


Third Semester

50-427-755

2 credits


Fourth Semester

50-427-754

2 credits


Fifth Semester

50-427-752

2 credits


Sixth Semester

Seventh Semester

50-427-757

2 credits


Eighth Semester

50-427-758

2 credits


Outcomes

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.
  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    16
    Tuition
    $2184.00
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    $252.00
    Other Costs
    $0.00
    Total Estimated Program Costs:
    (book costs not included)
    $2436.00
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Program Graduates 6 12 4
    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

    2016 2017 2018
    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

    2016 2017 2018
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 0 0 0
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 0 0 0
    Very Satisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Very Satisfied
    Satisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Satisfied
    Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Unsatisfied
    Very Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    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

    2016 2017 2018
    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)

    2016 2017 2018
    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 2016 2017 2018
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count
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