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					Plumber Apprenticeship
Work Description
Plumbers install, repair, and maintain the water supply, wastewater treatment, drainage and gas
systems in homes, commercial and industrial buildings. The work includes plumbing tasks to
assemble, install, and repair pipes, fittings, and fixtures of heating, water, and drainage systems
according to specifications and plumbing codes. Plumbers also install sanitary facilities such as
lavatories, toilets, tubs, bathroom fixtures, showers, kitchen fixtures, drinking fountains, and
laundry equipment.

Working Conditions
Plumbing work can be indoors or outdoors in existing and newly constructed buildings, in
various weather conditions and around noise, dirt, and mud. The work requires physical
strength and stamina with prolonged standing, lifting heavy pipes and equipment, and working
in cramped, awkward, or uncomfortable positions. Training in safety practices prevents the risk
of dangers with falls from ladders, cuts from sharp tools, and burns from hot pipes or soldering
equipment.

Training
   Five-year program
   7,500 hours on-the-job training
   500 hours paid related instruction
   Additional related instruction may be required

Topics include plumbing code, repair and service, materials, installation of fixtures and
appliances, system design, trade math, safety, science, blueprint reading, and isometric
drawing.

Application Requirements
  Applicant's age shall be as stated in the state employment laws
  High school diploma or equivalent
  Meet required norms on aptitude test (if required)
  Physically able to perform trade work
  Valid driver's license or reliable transportation

Applications for Eau Claire Area
Counties: Barron, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Price, Rusk,
St. Croix, Taylor, and the northern half of Buffalo, Jackson, and Trempealeau.
    Application Information
    Apprenticeship Application
    Employer Application

For apprenticeship information and application, contact:
Myra Stachowicz, Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
CVTC Chippewa Falls Campus
770 Scheidler Road
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
715-738-3853 ● myra.stachowicz@dwd.state.wi.us

Elizabeth Hennen, Education Coordinator
Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) Apprenticeships
5330 Wall Street
Madison, WI 53718
1-800-829-9926 ● www.abcwi.org




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        EAU CLAIRE AREA PLUMBING JOINT APPRENTICESHIP COMMITTEE
                  JURISDICTIONAL AREA OF THIS COMMITTEE
             Counties: Barron, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Rusk

It is the intent of this Committee, in perpetuation of the basic skills required in the construction industry, to
comply with all federal and state standards required in the selection and placement of apprentice
applicants. The recruitment, selection, employment, and training of apprentices during their
apprenticeship shall be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, and national origin. Sex,
age, creed, handicap, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, arrest record, conviction record, or
membership in the military forces of the United States or this state. The sponsor will take affirmative
action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as
required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 30, the Wisconsin Fair Employment Law,
and all other applicable state laws.

                                Overview of the Plumbing Trade
Plumbers install pipes for water, gas, sewage, drainage, and septic systems. Plumbers
also repair these systems. Plumbers also install sanitary facilities such as bathroom
fixtures, kitchen fixtures, drinking fountains, and laundry equipment. Plumbers use a
variety of skills to install pipe systems. They use both hand and power tools in their
work of cutting, bending, and threading pipes, and making welded and soldered joints.
Additionally, plumbers must know the most current state codes regarding these
systems. Plumbing is a licensed trade.


Applications for plumbing apprenticeship, a combination of work and school, are
available at the local job centers and technical college campuses within the committee's
jurisdiction. They are also available at the Plumbers' and Fitters' Local #434 office and
online through the Chippewa Valley Technical College website:
http://www.cvtc.edu/pages/767.asp.

Title: Plumber Apprenticeship Program

Term of Training: Five years of not less than 8,000 hours

On-the-Job Training: Minimum of 7,500 hours

Paid Related Training: 500 hours of paid related instruction. Classes are scheduled
one full day, eight hours, every two weeks during the school year. Apprentices are paid
to attend these classes at the same rate of pay as hours worked on the job. Attendance
is mandatory.

Night School Classes: Apprentices are required to attend 260 hours of night school as
designated by the Committee, on their own time.

Wages: Apprentices are paid a percentage of the journeymen's base wage rate as
established annually by the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
The apprentice's wage is a percentage of the skilled rate and is divided into a pay
progression. The wage at each level of the progression is a designated percentage of
the skilled wage rate. Wage advances are usually given annually. Advances are based
on the completion of a designated number of academic and work hours.

Completion: Upon completion of work and school requirements, the apprentice plumber
is eligible to apply to write the State of Wisconsin journeyman plumbing exam.

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       EAU CLAIRE AREA PLUMBING JOINT APPRENTICESHIP COMMITTEE

                             Minimum Requirements For Qualification


1.   EDUCATION:
     Must be a high school graduate or have a GED/HSED. A copy of the high school transcript
     or proof of GED/HSED completion should be mailed to:
     Linda Loew
     Chippewa Valley Technical College
     620 West Clairemont Avenue
     Eau Claire, WI 54701

2.   TABE TEST OR ACCUPLACER TEST:
     Must take the TABE A, Parts 2 and 3, which includes reading, math computations, and
     applied math. This test may be taken at any Chippewa Valley Technical College campus.
     Applicants must score a minimum of 11.1 grade equivalent on each section of the test.
     Results should be sent to Linda Loew. The Committee suggests that applicants visit
     Academic Services to review math and reading skills before taking the TABE test.
     (http://www.cvtc.edu/pages/569.asp)

3.   DRIVER'S LICENSE:
     All apprentices must have a valid driver's license.

4.   PHYSICALLY FIT:
     Apprentices may be required to obtain a doctor's certificate of physical fitness for the trade
     at the time of placement. Applicants may be required to take a recognized substance
     abuse test at the time of placement.

Applicants who meet requirements 1 and 2 will be issued a letter of introduction to show to
potential employers, and their names will be placed on the Eau Claire Area Plumbing qualified
applicant list. The qualified applicant may then contact employers who might be willing to hire
them and enter an apprenticeship contract.

The applicant and the employer will be required to meet with the Eau Claire Area Joint
Apprenticeship Committee before approval of the apprenticeship contract. At this time the
requirements, recordkeeping procedures, and details of the apprenticeship will be explained.
Qualifications 1-4 will be reviewed for compliance with all committee standards including
journeyworker/apprentice ratios. Notice to appear at the committee meeting will be sent to both
the apprentice applicant and employer.

Incomplete applications or applicants not meeting the minimum requirements will be given no
further consideration.

Employers with no specific applicant being considered will be provided with the entire list of
qualified applicants. The employer will submit an application requesting to enter an
apprenticeship contract with the selected applicant.

Questions regarding apprenticeship programs can be directed to:
Myra L. Stachowicz
Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
Apprenticeship Training Representative
715-738-3853




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                                                                                          DWEA-10407 (R-3/01)

                                  Department of Workforce Development
                                     Division of Workforce Solutions
                                  Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards

                           APPRENTICE APPLICATION – EC PLUMBING

Personal information you provide may be used for secondary purposes [Privacy Law,
s. 15.04(1)(m)]. The provision of your social security number is mandatory under Wisconsin
Statutes. Your social security number will be used for identification purposes. If you do not
provide your social security number, your application will be denied.

Trade Name                                                Social Security Number           Date

Name (First)                            (Middle)                          (Last)

Street Address or P.O. Box                        City                                 State      Zip Code + 4

Telephone Number               Cell Phone Number          Email Address                           Birth Date
(     )                        (      )

EDUCATION AND TRAINING BACKGROUND:
Circle the highest school year completed. For example, if you graduated from high school,
circle 12. If you have a two-year associate degree, circle 14.

8   9   10     11   12    13     14    15    16    GED     HSED

Previous Related School (military, correspondence/night school/trade school, etc.):




Previous Trade Related Employment (including military):

               Company                                   City                 Months              Trade




Prospective employer (if applicable)

Military veteran?        Yes      No        Not Sure

If you are a veteran, please contact your county Veteran's Service Office for benefit
assistance.

Please return to: Linda Loew                                         Office Use Only
                  Chippewa Valley Technical College                    High School Transcript
                  620 West Clairemont Avenue                           TABE
                  Eau Claire, WI 54701                                 Letter of Intro Date___________
                                                                       Employer

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              Apprenticeship Application EEOC Supplemental Information


Name

Social Security Number

The Apprenticeship Sponsor is committed to equal opportunity for all applicants. The
recruitment, selection, employment, and training of apprentices during their apprenticeship shall
be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, creed,
handicap, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, arrest record, conviction record, or
membership in the military forces of the United States or this state. The sponsor will take
affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the
apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 30,
the Wisconsin Fair Employment Law, and all other applicable state laws.

                                 --- Please Complete the Following ---

The information provided below is simply for Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
(EEOC) purposes. This information will assist us in our efforts to provide accurate information
in compliance with EEOC regulations and requirements.

Race: (check all that apply)                        Ethnic Group: (check one)
  White                                               Not Hispanic or Latino
  Black                                               Origin Hispanic or Latino
  Asian                                             Gender:
  American Indian or Alaskan Native                   Male
  Hawaiian/Pacific Islander                           Female

This form will not become part of your personnel file. It will be maintained in a separate file
used only for EEOC and Affirmative Action reporting purposes.

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