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Steamfitter and Industrial Pipefitter
Apprentice Applicant Information

AIG – 42 / DOT 862.281.02B

I. QUALIFICATIONS: Age: Min. – 18 yrs Education: H. S. Grad. or Equivalent (G.E.D.)


The Steamfitter and Industrial Pipefitter Apprenticeship Training Program is for five (5) years. Apprentices earn while they learn, working on the job and attending classes of related technical instruction.

Nature of Work: Fabricates, assembles, installs, tests, maintains, and rehabilitates industrial, manufacturing, heating, cooling, instrumentation and control piping. A variety of welding processes are used in performing welding operations. Work may include rigging operations and Computer Aided Design CAD functions.

Area: Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

Helpful High School, Trade School Or College Courses:
Mathematics, including Algebra and Geometry, Machine or Forge Shop, Drafting, Mechanical Drawing or Blueprint Reading, Physical Science.

Wages: Apprentices earn a percentage of the Journeyman wage rate, by classification. Currently, Journeyman wage is $49.03 / hr. and the 1st Year apprentice wage is 45% of journeyman wages. All wage rates and conditions are subject to change without notice as per the Collective Bargaining Agreement. After meeting all annual requirements apprentices advance in the program and receive a pay raise once a year.

Hours of Work: 6:30a.m. - 3:30p.m., ½ hour lunch, forty (40) hrs./wk., or as modified by union agreement.

Classes: Apprentices attend 216 hours a year in classes of related technical and manipulative instruction. All 1st and 2nd year Apprentices attend daytime training 2–3 days a month -6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every other week. All 3rd thru 5th Year Apprentices attend classes 2 nights every week - 5:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

Tools and Transportation: Apprentices must have required tools and their own transportation. The tools are tape measure, level, channel locks, hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches, tube cutters, tin snips, reamers, and saws. While in the trade, apprentices will learn to work with drills, grinders, braces & bits, chisels, power machines, hydraulic pipe benders, gas & arc welding, soldering /brazing equipment while on the job.

Where Employed: Commercial, industrial, manufacturing, food processing plants & petrochemical industry.

Skills required for this job:
Steamfitters and Industrial Pipefitters work with their hands, use hand, power tools and use welding processes on piping systems. Must know mechanical principles and understand how things work. Steamfitters and Industrial Pipefitters need a working knowledge of mathematics and science.

Working Conditions: Steamfitter and Industrial Pipefitter work is strenuous, most is done outdoors. It involves a lot of standing, stooping, and heavy lifting, pulling and pushing. The work involves joining pipes together by following layouts, diagrams and blue prints. It may require standing for long periods or being in cramped and uncomfortable positions. The work can be uncomfortable during hot or cold weather. Risks include falls from ladders, cuts from sharp tools, burns from hot pipes or steam.

Availability and Continuity of Work: Employment prospects vary with industry needs, economic cycles and capital expenditures by public agencies, locality and weather.

Fringe Benefits: Health, Dental, and Prescription Drug coverage, Pension, Vacation and Holiday, and Life Insurance are provided as eligibility is established.

Union Affiliation: Apprentices are obligated to make application to the Union at the start of their apprenticeship and must maintain their availability for employment referral. Apprentices serve a probationary period for the first year of their apprenticeship.

Completion Certificates: Apprentices attain journeyman status and are awarded completion certificates.


The program is under a collective bargaining agreement between signatory contractors and the Union. Our signatory contractors pay all costs by hourly contributions to the apprenticeship fund. A Board of Trustees administers the fund and determines policy. The apprentice’s are supervised by the Journeyman Apprentice & Training Committee (JA&TC) comprised of equal representatives of the Union and signatory Contractors.


The JA&TC prepares the apprenticeship training standards and they are approved and registered with, the State of California, Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DIR/DAS). These Standards provide for training of apprentices on the job, in work processes of the trade, in related technical and manipulative instruction. The objective of the five (5) year program is to train apprentices to be an all-around journeyman Steamfitters. Safety is stressed throughout the training.


Each apprentice is registered with the Department of Labor (DOL) and with the State of California, DIR/DAS by signing an Apprenticeship Agreement with the JA&TC and must abide by the Rules and Regulations, Policies and Standards.


Applications for the Steamfitter and Industrial Pipefitter Apprenticeship Program are accepted as follows:

On the First and Third Thursday afternoon of each month, between
1:00pm - 3:00pm; dates specified below.

Steamfitter and Industrial Pipefitter
Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee Office
18355 S. Figueroa St., Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 323-4475

Herb M. Kleeman, JAC Secretary - Phone: (310) 660-0035 Ext. 3311
Lisa J. Rivera, Administrative Assistant - Phone: (310) 818-2526

Minimum Qualifications:
applicants must be a minimum of 18 years old, with a high school diploma OR have a G.E.D. Applicants appear in person and bring the following: AN ORIGINAL of item 1 - plus A READABLE COPY of items 2 - 5 listed below for the application file.

1. H.S. Transcripts: An original/certified official copy must be provided for your file OR if your have a G.E.D. provide a COPY of the G.E.D. Test Scores in place of transcripts.

2. H.S. Diploma: OR a G.E.D. Certificate

3. Birth Certificate: -OR current US passport OR INS documentation.

4. Valid State Issued Photo I.D. or Drivers License

5. Social Security Card

6. Attn: Military Veterans - bring your DD 214; Register with
Helmetstohardhats.org; Bring in a copy of your confirmation email from Helmets to Hardhats.

Application Procedures:
1. Applicants are scheduled and notified by mail for the Qualification Basic Math Test.
Hand held calculators are allowed to be used on the test. Applicants must keep the JAC Office notified of any address changes.

2. Applicants must achieve 75% or higher on the test to be notified when to appear for an oral interview.

3. After completing the oral interview, applicants are then placed on an eligible pool of applicants list ranked from highest score to lowest score achieved.

4. Names are then drawn from the eligible pool of applicants list from highest to lowest score achieved to form upcoming apprentice classes. Those who do not make it into the semester due to quantity of available space will need to reapply for the next round of applicant process.


The Los Angeles & Vicinity Steamfitter & Industrial Pipefitter Apprenticeship Committee does not discriminate in selection, employment or training of Apprentices on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, or national origin. Title 29 CRFR 30.11: Any applicant or apprentice who believes that they have been discriminated against may file a written and signed complaint to an authorized representative of the Registration Agency. Procedure information shall be provided upon request.

Classes: Apprentices attend 216 hours a year in classes of related technical manipulative instruction. All new apprentices will do Block Training attending daytime training 4 days for a week -6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every 5 weeks.

Current period for Steamfitter APPLICATIONS

  • 2021: Jun 3 & 17, Jul 1 & 15, Aug 5 & 19.
  • Intake Math Test follows in the Fall 2021 (this is subject to change).
Next speculative application period after the above dates:
  • 9/2/21 thru 2/17/22
  • Math Test may follow in Spring 2022 (this is subject to change).


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