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Plumbers and pipe fitters install, remove, maintain, repair, and modify plumbing systems using pipes of various materials and many types of fixtures.  Plumbing systems include sanitary drainage, storm drainage, special waste handling, public and private water supply, gas piping in or adjacent to buildings, piping for air conditioning and refrigeration, medical piping in hospitals and clinics, and piping for industrial processes. 
 
Apprentices train in one of three categories, plumbing, steam fitting, or refrigeration.  In general, the plumbing category includes waste, ventilation, and water supply work, and the pipe fitter category includes steam and boiler work.  Each skill requires learning a vast body of specific knowledge.
 
Apprenticeship 
The Plumber and Pipe Fitter Apprentice program involves:
  • 7200 hours of on-the-job training
  • Classroom training two nights a week, except summers
Requirements for application:
  • Must be 17 years of age (18 years to be indentured and begin training);
  • A valid California driver’s license or birth certificate;
  • A high school diploma or G.E.D.; and,
  • Must be physically able to perform the work of the trade.
Applications are available every two years.  To find out exact dates of the application period, either check online at http://www.ualocal38.org/ or call (415) 562-3838, or obtain an apprenticeship brochure and fill in and submit its postcard portion.
 
Training centers are located at:
United Association Local 38 Apprenticeship Training Program
2660 Newhall Street
San Francisco, CA 94124
 
and at:
United Association Local 38 Apprenticeship Training Program
3473 Santa Rosa Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
 
Website:  www.ualocal38.org
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