Apprenticeship in the pipe trades is a highly selective program.
Acceptance for training depends on the applicant’s qualifications and the manpower needs of the trade at the time of the selection process. The actual selection and supervision of the Apprenticeship program is the responsibility of the Tuscaloosa Joint Apprentice Committee. This committee consists of persons with considerable experience representing both management and labor. The apprentice program is five years of technical and practical training, requiring at least 8,500 to 10,000 hours of
on-the-job training and approximately 1,250 hours of related training in the classroom. Classes are held in Duncanville, Alabama.
RELATED TRAINING INCLUDES, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING
FIRST YEAR: Safety, Use and Care of Tools, Rigging, Math, Pipe Fittings, Fasteners and Supports, Soldering, Plumbing Service-Maintenance and Repair, Plumbing Code, Standards of Excellence
SECOND YEAR: Introduction to SMAW, GTAW, OXY-Acetylene cutting and Drawing Interpretation-Plan Reading, Isometrics, Cost of Labor.
THIRD YEAR: Refrigeration, HVACR, Soldering and Brazing, Piping Layouts, Pipe Trades Heritage, Related Math.
FOURTH YEAR: Advanced Piping Layouts, Related Math, Tube Bending, SMAW, GTAW, Introduction to GMAW and FCAW, Crane Signal Certification.
FIFTH YEAR: Related Math, Apprenticeship completion testing, Advanced SMAW, GTAW, GMAW and FCAW. Weld Certification Testing, Industrial Rigging Certification, Foreman Certification.
OSHA 10-30, CPR-FIRST AID, CRANE SIGNALPERSON, INDUSTRIAL RIGGING, FOREMAN, WELDING
ON THE JOB TRAINING
The apprentice is assigned to work by the Business Manager when work becomes available. The apprentice is paid while working on the job but not while attending school. First year apprentices are paid 60% of Journeymen scale and progress upward each year until they reach 90%. By working productively and assisting a journeyman, the apprentice will learn the skills and methods of the trade.
Lay out, fabricate, install and service plumbing and process piping systems. Service and install all equipment including compressors, valves, pumps, meters, pneumatic, electric, and hydraulic controls, install and service air conditioning, refrigeration equipment and backflow preventers.
TERM OF APPRENTICESHIP
Five (5) Years
Applicants must be a minimum age of 18 by August 31st of the application year.
High School Graduate or High School Equivalency (GED). Copy of Diploma and Transcript, GED testing results are required as well.
Able to perform hard physical work. Drug screening is required of all applicants selected for the Apprenticeship Program.
Apprentices must provide their own transportation to get to the job site and to the classroom.
ACCEPTANCE OF APPLICATIONS
Applications for apprenticeship can be picked up at Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 372 located at 3888 Greensboro Ave, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 weekdays between 10a.m. – 12p.m. and 1p.m. – 4.p.m. Complete applications are to be turned in at the same location. Applications can not be turned in at the school. Applications are accepted throughout the year and are processed at the beginning of June. Once processed, evaluations begin the end of June. The new school year starts at the end of August.