PLUMBER - Scope of Work - Responsible for the installation of water line systems to kitchens, bathrooms, lavatories, etc., in residential, commercial and industrial buildings.  Also install natural gas and air lines.  Assemble, install and repair pipes, fittings and fixtures according to specifications and plumbing codes.  Measure, cut, thread, bend, install and tests pipes and pipefittings.  Work according to blueprints, specifications and working drawings to perform the work required in sequence of installations.


Working Conditions - Active and strenuous.  Stand for prolonged periods, sometimes in cramped, uncomfortable positions.  Must climb ladders and also work below ground level.  Work can be dirty, particularly on waste systems.


PIPE FITTER - Scope of Work - Install piping systems that carry hot water, steam, air or other liquids or gases needed for industrial production, or other uses.  Install both high or low pressure systems, especially in industrial and commercial buildings.  Lay out, fabricate and assemble pipes from drawings, blueprints and specifications.  They also work on pipes for heating and cooling systems, and install automatic fire-sprinkler systems in buildings.


Working Conditions - Pipe Fitters work both inside and out.  In new construction, Pipe Fitters move onto the project after the basic structure is erected.  The work is active and strenuous.  There is a great deal of walking, standing, reaching, lifting and working in cramped quarters.  They are subject to the hazards of working with and around high-pressure gas, steam and chemical lines.






Apprenticeship Requirements


Length of Program  - 5-year apprenticeship.


Requirements - Require high school diploma or GED, minimum 18 years old.  Math and reading skills are important to succeed on test and schooling.


Scope of Work - Work includes plumbing and pipefitting activities in all types of new construction and remodeling, including hot and cold water supply, fixtures, heating and air conditioning systems, boilers, etc.


Courses Required - Classroom work covers such things as Plumbing Codes, Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, Hydronic Heating, Safety, Care and Use of Hand Tools, Rigging, and Basic Pneumatics.


Greater Michigan - UA Local 190 Joint Training Program

Randall Whitaker, Training Coorinator

8040 Jackson Rd.

Ann Arbor, MI  48103

(734) 426-3700

FAX (734) 426-3707


Kevin Groeb, Business Manager - (734) 424-0962


Completion of this apprenticeship program qualifies for credit with Washtenaw Community College toward certain associate degree programs.


Territories Covered:  Washtenaw County, Hamburg & Green Oak in Livingston and Clinton, Macon and Tecumseh in Lenawee County.



Plumbing/PipeFitting/HVAC Service/Pipe Welding

Local 85 - U.A. Local 85 Training Center

Timothy D. Danielak, Training Coordinator

6705 Weiss St.

P.O. Box 6547

Saginaw, Michigan 48608

(989) 799-5261

FAX (989) 791-3468


Territories Covered:  Zone 1:  That half of Huron County lying West of M-53, and all of Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin,Gratiot,  Isabella, Midland, Saginaw, and Tuscola Counties.


Additionally: INDUSTRIAL WORK in the counties of: Alcona, Alpena, Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix,  Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Iosco, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Missaukee, Montmorency,Ogemaw, Oscoda, Ostega, Presque Isle, Roscommon, and Wexford.


Plumbers & Pipe fitters Local 172

South Bend Plumbers & Pipe Fitters Training Centers

Broc Buczolich, Training Coordinator

4172 Ralph Jones Court

South Bend, IN 46628

(574) 273-0500

FAX (574) 273-1560


Rick Whiteman:

Business Agent, Career Opportunity Consultant-

(574) 273-0300


Territories Covered:  Cass County, and the city of Niles and vicinity in Berrien County, Michigan.

West Michigan Plumbers, Fitters & Service Trades



West Michigan Plumbers, Fitters & Service Trades Local Union No. 174

      Bob Derby, Training Coordinator

1008 O'Malley Dr.

Coopersville, MI 49404

(616) 837-0222 ext.12

FAX (616) 837-1222


Jeff Wilkerson, Business Manager


Territories Covered:  The counties of Kent, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, Ottawa, Ionia (except the Townships of Portland and Danby), the northern teir of townships in Allegan and Barry; those being the Townships of Laketown, Filmore, Overisel, Salem, Dorr, Leighton, Thornapple, Irving, Carlton and Woodland.



Plumbers & Pipe Fitters  Local 333

Lansing, Jackson and Battle Creek

Trent Mauk, Training Coordinator

Training Office: 3101 Allied Drive - Suite # A

Jackson, MI 49201

(517) 784-1106

FAX (517) 784-1147


Judd Vancoppenolle, Career Opportunity Consultant

(517) 784-1106 Ext.3


Territories Covered:  Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Jackson, Hillsdale, Branch, Calhoun and parts of Berry, Livingston, Portland, and Kalamazoo counties.



Plumbers & Pipe Fitters HVACR Service Technicians

Local 357 - Kalamazoo Plumbers & Steamfitters JATC

Bob Gulbranson, Training Coordinator

11847 Shaver Rd.

Schoolcraft , MI 49087

(269) 679-2570

FAX (269) 679-2571


Territories Covered:  Kalamazoo, Van Buren, St.Joseph, Allegan, Berrien and Barry Counties.



Plumbers & Pipe Fitters and Service Trades UA Local 370

Kevin Gaby, Training Coordinator

Harold T. Harrington, Career Opportunity Consultant

5500 W. Pierson Rd

Flushing, MI 48433

(810) 720-5243

FAX (810) 732-3805


Territories Covered:  Genesee, Shiawassee, Lapeer.



U.P Plumbers & Pipe Fitters Training Education Center Local 111

Scott Thrasher, Training Coordinator

2601 North 30th Street

Escanaba, MI 49829

(906) 789-9784

FAX (906) 789-9799



Michael Hares, Career Opportunity Consultant

(906) 789-9784


Territories Covered:  Upper Peninsula & Niagara, WI.



UA Plumbers/Piperfitters Local 671

       Monroe Plumbers & Pipefitters Joint Apprenticeship Committee

    Paul Padot, Training Chairman

    Timothy Danielak, Training Coordinator

309 Detroit Avenue

Monroe, MI 48162

(734) 242-5711

FAX (734) 242-4692


Territories Covered:  Monroe County



Plumbers UA Local 98 - Plumbing Industry Training Center

Paul Baker, Director of Operations

1911 Ring Dr .

Troy , MI 48083-4229

(248) 585-1435

FAX (248) 585-1437


Dan Nixon, Business Manager - (248) 752-3702


Territories Covered:  Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, St.Clair, Huron, & Sanilac Counties.



Pipefitters - Steamfitters, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Service Local 636

Pipefitting Industry Training Center

Larry Giroux, Training Coordinator

636 Executive Drive

Troy, Michigan 48083

(248) 585-0636

FAX (248) 585-3907


Frank Wiechert , Business Manager-

(248) 538-6636


Territories Covered:  Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, St.Clair, Huron & Sanilac Counties.