What can I do to prepare for the trade, when applications are not being taken?

There are many ways to prepare for a career in pipefitting. One way is to take classes at a community college. Another is to get a job that is physically and mentally challenging to see if you would even like pipefitting. If you are interested in service work, take appropriate classes and seek out employment that will test your talents and your interest in our field. There are also some good trade schools that can help, but make sure you check with the training center staff before you spend the money for this option. Some are not as good as others, and a few are a waste of time and money.

What can I do after I apply?

Make sure to take the advice of the training center staff, when you apply, and study the appropriate materials. Take classes related to the area (construction or service) that you wish to pursue. Get a job that will show you interest in the trade.

Is there a way to guarantee that I will get in?

The simple answer is no. After passing the test, you will be competing for the available slots. Your competition will be the other people who passed the test. While the test scores are not considered in the interview, you will be compared on many levels (i.e.; education, experience, interest in trade, etc...).

Are community college courses helpful, in getting into the local?

Yes, as long as they are specific to our trade. Degrees in other fields actually indicate that you have had other interests, while a commitment to pipefitting is what we are looking for in our candidates

Do non-union workers have a chance to get into the apprenticeship?

Sure, we would like to bring all the non-union people working in our trade into the union, but since we do not have the jobs to accomplish this, we want the best, most committed, candidates, which often includes people from the non-union sector of our industry.

How do I decide if I want to be in service or construction?

We have discovered that this is a subjective decision. These two areas of our field have very different demands. For example, our construction people work with a partner, while our service techs work almost exclusively by themselves.

Do I need a degree to get into the apprenticeship?

Commitment to the trade is what we are looking for in our new candidates. It costs us too much to train our apprentices for us to be attracted to someone who wants to "check out" pipefitting. A degree that shows this commitement and interest is a good sign, but 9 months at a good welding school, or a few years working construction or as a mechanic are equally good signs to our committee that a candidate could succeed in our program.