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Steamfitting Service Apprentice

Apprenticeship Completion

Program number: 504354

Overview

Work Description

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.

Work Conditions

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.

Training

  • 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.

Program Details

Steamfitter (Refrigeration/Service) Apprentice classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Commercial Avenue 

Explore financial aid eligibility for Steamfitting (Refrigeration/Service) Apprentice. 

All courses for this program are offered only in person.

Admission

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
(608) 288-1414
or
3300 S. 103rd St.
Milwaukee, WI 53227
(888) 543-0601
(414)-543-0601

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

  • 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
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

50-401-550

2 credits




Second Semester

50-401-560

1.5 credits


50-401-570

0.5 credits



50-809-551

0.5 credits


Third Semester

50-401-561

1.5 credits



50-435-558

1.5 credits


Fourth Semester

50-401-572

1 credits



50-435-561

1 credits


Fifth Semester

50-401-598

2 credits


50-435-571

2 credits


  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    16
    Tuition
    $2184.00
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    $0.00
    Other Costs
    $0.00
    Total Estimated Program Costs:
    (book costs not included)
    $2184.00