What will I be doing?
Plumber apprentices are trained to layout, fabricate, and assemble water, sewer, solar and other piping systems. Plumbers learn to thread, solder, and braze pipes. They also install and repair toilets, bath tubs, sinks, and water heaters.
Where will I be working?
Plumbers work on new construction projects, renovation projects – from power plants, water treatment plants, oil refineries, hospitals, government and commercial buildings, hotels and luxury resorts, and high-rise condominiums to single-family homes in residential neighborhoods.
How will I be trained?
Training is accomplished through an apprenticeship program, working with a licensed plumber journeyperson and earning a wage. All apprentices attend related instruction and training courses that are conducted by qualified instructors. Course curriculum includes safety, first aid, proper use of the tools of the trade, drawing interpretation, and blueprint reading.
The apprenticeship program provides invaluable on-the-job training and related classroom instruction that are fundamental to the plumbing trade.
What about wages and benefits?
Members are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors Association of Hawaii and Local 675 of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentice Plumbers & Pipefitters of the U.S. & Canada, AFL-CIO, known as the Labor-Management Agreement. This Agreement provides for good working conditions, wages, and fringe benefits such as health and welfare, vacation and holiday pay, pension and annuity.