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PLUMBER
Oregon Apprenticeship Guide
 
Job Description
Plumbers assemble, install and repair pipes, fittings, medical gas systems and fixtures of heating, water and drainage systems, such as sinks, commodes, bathtubs, water heaters, hot water tanks, garbage disposal units, dishwashers and water according to specifications and plumbing codes. They locate and mark the position of pipe, pipe connections and passage holes for pipes in walls and floors using ruler, spirit level and plumb bob. They cut openings in walls and floors to accommodate pipe and pipe fittings, using hand tools and a threading machine. Plumbers also bend pipe using a pipe-bending machine or by placing pipe over a block and bending it by hand, assemble and install valves, pipe fittings and pipes composed of various metals or glass, vitrified clay, and plastic, and use hand tools and power tools. Plumbers may weld holding fixtures to structures.
 
Working Conditions
The work is done indoors and outdoors, in existing and newly constructed buildings, in all kinds of weather, and around noise, dirt and mud. Plumbers often work in cramped areas and in awkward positions.
 
Wages
Beginning apprentices start at 50 percent of the journey-level wage. Upon successful completion of required class work and on-the-job hours, wages increase usually every six months, until the journey-level rate is achieved.  
 
Length of Apprenticeship
This apprenticeship lasts four to five years. Apprentices must complete a minimum of 144 to 216 hours per year of related training and at least 8,000 to 9,500 hours of on-the-job training. Journey worker plumbers are required to hold a license. Upon completion of the program, apprentices are referred to the Oregon Building Codes Division for the licensing exam.
 
Minimum Qualifications
Apprenticeship applicants must be at least 18 years of age. In addition, they must provide proof of high school graduation or general education development (GED) equivalent.
 
Local apprenticeship committees may require additional qualifications.
 
Apprenticeship Committees 
 
MA# 1033 
Tillamook/Clatsop County TAC
503-344-6473
Area 1
MA# 1038 
Area I Plumbers JATC
503-675-0548
www.areaonejatc.com
Area 1
MA# 1070
OR SW-WA NW-CA Plumbers JATC
Tualatin:  503-691-1997 
Eugene: 541-726-1131
Redmond: 541-419-5128
Medford: 541-821-1282
Eureka: 541-821-1282
Toll Free: 1-800-452-2912
www.ua290.org
Statewide
MA# 2015 
Area II Plumbers JATC
503-991-5203
Area 2
MA# 3015 
Area III Plumbers JATC
541-636-3592
Area 3, 4
MA# 4015 
Area IV (Coos Bay) Independent TAC
541-344-6473
Area 4
MA# 5012 
Area V (Rogue Valley) Plumbers JATC
541-344-6473
Area 5
MA# 5025 
Klamath Basin Plumbers JATC
541-880-2249
www.klamathcc.edu
Area 5
MA# 6008 
Ontario TATC
541-889-7355
Area 6
MA# 6011
Blue Mountain TATC
541-278-5854
Area 6, 7
MA# 6021 
NE Oregon Plumbers and Steamfitters TATC
509-547-6480
Area 6, 7
MA# 7005 
Area VII Plumbers JATC
541-390-3401  
Area 7
MA# 7010 
Burns-Hines TATC
541-255-5240
Area 7
 
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