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Career Area: Architecture and Construction
Program Number: 50-435-0
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Steamfitting / Steamfitting Service Apprentice Careers

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Steamfitters assemble, install, alter and repair pipelines or pipe systems that carry water, steam, compressed air, liquids and gases required for processing, manufacturing, heating and cooling. They install piping and tubing made of carbon steel, copper, plastic, glass or other metals using a variety of processes including brazing, welding, screwing, gluing, bending and mechanical joints. Work includes installation of heating and cooling equipment and mechanical control systems.

Details and Requirements

  • 5-year training program
  • 7,500 hours of on-the-job training
  • 500 hours paid related instruction
  • Additional related instruction may be required
  • Classroom subjects include drafting and blueprint reading, mathematics, applied physics and chemistry, and safety

Apprenticeship Information

  • 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
  • Valid driver's license or reliable transportation

Wisconsin Technical College Steamfitting / Steamfitting Service Apprentice Programs