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Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC) Training Center


Plumbers and Steam-fitters install, maintain, and repair many different types of pipe systems. For example, some systems move water to a municipal water treatment plant and then to residential, commercial, and public buildings. Some bring in gas for stoves and furnaces. Others supply air-conditioning. Pipe systems in power plants carry the steam that powers huge turbines. Pipes also are used in manufacturing plants to move material through the production process.

Although plumbing and steam-fitting are sometimes considered a single trade, workers generally specialize in one or the other. Plumbers install and repair the water, waste disposal, drainage, and gas systems in home and in commercial and industrial buildings. They also install plumbing fixtures. Steam-fitters install and repair both high and low pressure pipe systems that are used in manufacturing, in the generation of electricity, and in heating and cooling buildings. They also install automatic controls that are increasingly being used to regulate these systems. Sprinkler fitters install automatic fire sprinkler systems in buildings.

Apprenticeship Program Requirements

Candidates must be at least eighteen years of age with a high school diploma or GED certificate. They must pass an aptitude test, personal interview, and drug screening. They must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation. Applicants must be physically able to do the work.

Apprenticeship Program

The apprenticeship program lasts five years with a minimum of 1,422 hours spent in classroom training. Apprentices attend school two days a week from August until May during all five years of the program. Outside of school days, apprentices work full-time for a contractor which is signatory with Local Union 149. 

Wage Information

Apprentices start their 1st Year at 50% of Journeymen Wage. Wages increase by 10% each year of the apprenticeship upon successfully completing that year of training.

Recommended Preparatory Classes


Mechanical Drawing


Industrial Technology

Working Conditions

Because plumbers and steam-fitters must lift heavy pipes, stand for long periods, and sometimes work in uncomfortable or cramped positions, they need physical strength as well as stamina. They may have to work outdoors in inclement weather. They are also subject to falls from ladders, cuts from sharp tools, and burns from hot pipes or from soldering equipment.


Apprentices must be able to lift heavy objects, work in confined spaces, have excellent work ethic, get along well with others, and be able to work at high levels from scaffolds and ladders.


Derek Reedy, Training Director

Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 149

Joint Apprenticeship Committee

1005 N Dunlap Ave

PO Box 725

Savoy, IL 61874-0725




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