Steamfitters Local 353 Apprentice Program
ABOUT THE TRADE: The steamfitter/pipefitter is a tradesperson with the knowledge and ability to layout, fabricate, assemble, install, maintain and repair piping systems that transport all types of fluids, slurries and gas in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. This is the only trade specializing in the planning, design and installation of low and high-pressure steam systems. Their work is diverse, including such fields as oil refineries, paper mills, nuclear power plants, manufacturing plants and the automotive industry. The systems that the steamfitter/pipefitter may work on include some of the highest pressure and temperature applications, requiring a thorough knowledge of scientific principles to complete this work safely. Welders work in many types of environments, anywhere metals and alloys are joined. They install, maintain and repair all types of piping systems, as well as join structural steel brackets and supports for such systems. Welders study blueprints, drawings and specifications for the job and must measure, cut and weld, using various welding methods and tools.
APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: Must be at least 18 years old and live in the Steamfitters Local 353 jurisdiction at the time of application. Must provide a copy of the following documents: high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate with transcripts; birth certificate; valid driver’s license; and copy of DD-214 (armed forces discharge) if applicable. Must have reliable transportation. Must pass a physical exam, drug test and aptitude test. Must be physically able to do the work. Applicants who pass the aptitude test will have an interview with members of the Educational Trust Committee. $30 fee at time of application, payable by check or money order only. Applications for the Apprenticeship Program are accepted every two years at specified dates/times, which will be published in local newspapers, as well as the website – www.steamfitters353.com .
APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM: The apprenticeship program lasts five years, with a minimum of 1,230 hours spent in classroom training. Apprentices work on-the-job five days a week. Apprentices attend school two nights a week, from September thru May during all five years of the program.
WAGE INFORMATION: Apprentices start at 40percent of scale. Journeyman base wage as of May 1, 2016 is $38.50 per hour plus benefits of $20.45 per hour.
RECOMMENDED PREPARATORY CLASSES: Science, English, Communication Skills, Mathematics, Mechanical Drawing, Business and Industrial Technology classes.
ABILITIES: Must be able to lift heavy objects; must be able to work in confined spaces; must have excellent work ethic; must be able to get along well with others; and must be able to work at high levels from scaffolds and ladders.
CONTACT: Steamfitters Local 353 Training Coordinator; 6304 W. Development Dr., Peoria, IL 61604;
Phone: (309) 633-1353