Plumber & Pipefitter

What being a Plumber & Pipefitter is about

A Plumber installs pipes for water, gas, sewage and drainage systems.  They also install sanitary facilities such as lavatories, toilets, tubs, showers, bathroom fixtures, kitchen fixtures, drinking fountains, and kitchen equipment.  Once installation is complete Plumbers run tests to assure that the system is functioning properly and meets the plumbing code.  They use a variety of hand and power tools to cut, bend, and thread pipes as well as making welded and soldered joints.  The majority of the work is indoors and at residential and commercial sites, but Plumbers will also work for public utilities and industrial plants.  Work is often performed in cramped, wet, or dirty locations and it also frequently requires standing for long periods at a time.

Pipefitters and Steamfitters assemble, install, and maintain pipes to carry water, steam, compressed air, gases, and fluids needed for processing, manufacturing, heating, and cooling.  They are highly trained to specialize in the planning, design, and installation of low and high pressure steam systems.  Their work is often performed in steel mills, power plants, manufacturing plants, and the automotive industry.  

General Qualifications

  • Age 18 or older
  • Minimum Education: High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Must be able to pass drug screen
  • Meet minimum level requirements of each section of the Work Keys Assessment Test
  • Good physical condition
  • Recommended High School Courses: Algebra, Geometry, Welding, Science, and English.

Plumber & Pipefitters Apprenticeship Program

  • Complete a personal interview, aptitude test, and application
  • Length of Indentureship (Apprenticeship): 5 years
  • Receive a passing grade of 75% or higher in all classes
  • 7,500 hours of on-the-job training
  • Pass the Indiana State Plumbing Exam

How to Apply

Applications may be obtained by appointment.

Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 172 JATC
4172 Ralph Jones Court
South Bend, IN 46628
Phone: (574) 273-0500
Fax: (574) 273-1560