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.
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.
Steamfitting-Construction Apprentice classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:
- Madison - Commercial Avenue
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All courses for this program are offered only in person.
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.
- 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
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2020-2021 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.
Graduate Report Summary Overview
2016 2017 2018 Number of Program Graduates 10 17 9 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 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