Local 675's training in Pearl City and Iwilei, are conducted in spacious facilities which feature state-of-the art "hands-on" equipment for plumbing, pipefitting, refrigeration, air conditioning, fire sprinkler systems, and welding.
Our workforce is thoroughly trained in technical skills, safety, health requirements and industry codes. On-going attention is given to improving training methods so as to ensure only the best possible protection for Hawaii's consumers and fragile environment.
Training and Certification is available for Local 675 members in Backflow Prevention, Medical Gas, EPA 608 (CFC), Welding, OSHA 10, and First Aid.
Local 675 apprentices are accepted only after a rigorous testing and selection process. Each apprentice undergoes a five-year program consisting of 10,000 work hours plus ten semesters of related classroom instruction coupled with manipulative, hands-on training.
The Plumbers & Fitters commitment to excellence also extends to all course instructors and trainers. Each instructor is required to complete a five-year national trainers' program conducted by the United Association. Beyond instruction of the mere basics of the trade, the UA Instructor Training Program offers training in emerging industry techniques, equipment, and skills.
The superior quality of UA Local675's training program was nationally recognized in 1995 for "Outstanding Achievement in Apprenticeship Training." A blue ribbon selection committee drawn from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Bureau of Apprenticeship Training, the National Association of State and Territorial Apprenticeship Directors, and the Federal Committee on Apprenticeship, chose the Plumbers & Fitters Local 675's apprenticeship program as one of only three nationwide to be so honored.
Pipefitter/Steamfitter Welder apprentices are trained to fabricate and erect pipes of every kind – plastic, ferrous and non-ferrous types. Pipefitters learn to thread, solder, braze, and weld pipes. They also install air conditioning chillers, air handler units, cooling towers, pumps, storage tanks and vessels, control valves, instrumentation, and all related work connected to its installation.
What will I be doing?
Apprentices are trained to cut, thread solder, braze, and weld pipes. Install all types of equipment’s, controls, fixtures, layout and assembly of related piping. Apprentices are trained to fabricate and erect pipes of every kind: glass, plastic, ferrous and non-ferrous types.
Where will I be working?
Apprentices work on new construction projects, renovation projects, and maintenance projects at homes, hotels, and commercial buildings.
How will I be trained?
Training is provided through a quality structured apprenticeship program while working on the job with a journeyperson earning a decent wage. All apprentices attend related instructions and training courses that are conducted by qualified instructors. Course curriculum includes safety, first aid, and proper use of tools of the trade, drawing interpretation, blueprint reading, and more.
The apprenticeship program provides invaluable on-the-job training and related classroom instructions that are fundamental.
How can I become an apprentice?
Apprenticeship openings depend on the need for apprentices in the industry. Applications are accepted only during a recruitment period. Applicants who apply must meet minimum entry requirements as follows:
- Be not less than 17 years of age
- Submit a copy of their high school diploma or equivalent certification
- Submit a high school transcript of grades
- Have a valid driver’s license
- Be physically fit to perform the duties of the specific trade
- Pass an evaluation test with no less than a score of 70 percent