Pipe Fitters Local Union 211

Apprenticeship

Pipe Fitters 211

Apprenticeship FAQ

How do I apply for apprenticeship?

Application for acceptance into the apprenticeship program must be done in person. A list of necessary documents, study guide for entrance exam, and contact information can be found on the Apprentice School website. You must pass the entrance math exam with a score of 72% or higher in order to be eligible for interview with the Joint Apprenticeship Committee. Once you score 72% or higher, you will be required to complete a 10 hour OSHA training course.

Is there a cost to apply?

No, there is no cost to apply.

What does it cost to participate in the program?

The apprenticeship program is tuition-free. The only cost to apprentices is the cost of the books and materials needed for classes (about $350 for the first year and around $200 every year after that, depending on what classes you choose to take.

How long does it take to complete the program?

5 years, two semesters each year, two nights per week (similar to college schedule)

When do classes begin?

Classes typically begin around September 1 and end around the middle of May (similar to college schedule)

Where will I attend classes?

Local 211 has apprentice schools in Deer Park, Nederland and Harlingen. Where you live, work and apply will determine at which facility you attend classes.

How can I get a job while in the apprentice program?

The business agents at the union hall will place apprentices working with signatory contractors based on labor demands of the industry.

What are the requirements for entry into LU 211’s Apprenticeship Program?

You must be at least 18 years of age.

You must provide a copy of the following:

  • High school diploma with transcripts
  • Or GED certificate with test grades
  • Birth certificate
  • Valid picture ID
  • Social Security card
  • DD-214 if you were in the military-Military Discharge

Must pass a math test with a grade of 72 or above

Must complete OSHA 10 class

Must appear for a personal interview with the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee when scheduled

What is an apprentice’s starting hourly wage?

First year apprentices start out at 55% of journeyman wage ($35.68 gross taxable, $48.24 total economic package), currently $19.10 gross taxable, $25.87 total economic package. Each year completed in the apprenticeship program will be accompanied by an upgrade in classification and a raise (2nd year-60% of journeyman wage, 3rd year-66% of journeyman wage, 4th year-72% of journeyman wage, 5th year-78% of journeyman wage)

What requirements must be met in order to receive an upgrade from one apprentice classification to the next?

In order for any apprentice to become eligible for an upgrade, 3 requirements must be met:

  1. Must complete 1 full term (2 semesters successfully passed) at the apprentice school
  2. Must accrue 1700 hours of OJT (on-the-job training) with a signatory contractor
  3. 365 days passed since most recent upgrade

What are the medical & pension benefits for an apprentice?

In order to become eligible for healthcare coverage, you must first work a total of 360 hours in a 3-month period. Once eligible, you will have healthcare coverage for you and your family. In order to maintain coverage, you will need to work a minimum of 140 hours/month. For the pension, a previously negotiated contribution is made to the pension fund on your behalf for every hour worked while in the union, as long as monthly dues are maintained.

What licensing and certifications may I obtain during the 5 years of apprenticeship training?

Depending on the course of training you select, certifications can be attained in HVAC (including EPA), Welding, Industrial Rigging, Foreman, and Soldering & Brazing.

Do I need to have prior experience to join the apprenticeship program?

No previous experience is required to begin the apprenticeship school. All apprentices will receive theory and hands-on training, both in the classroom and on the job.