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Oregon Apprenticeship Guide
Job Description
Steamfitters install piping and tubing made of carbon steel, copper, plastic, glass or other metals using a variety of processes. These processes include brazing, welding, screwing, gluing, bending and mechanical joining. Steamfitters install valves, controls, pumps, vessels and hangers, as well as refrigeration equipment, air-conditioning equipment, compressors, coils, and boilers.
Working Conditions
Steamfitters work indoors and outdoors in all sorts of weather and in a variety of places and positions, including buildings, trenches, roofs, scaffolding, ladders and inside tanks. Hazards include exposure to chemicals, gases, fumes and loud noise.
Beginning apprentices start at about 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 216 hours per year of related training and a total of 8,000 to 9,500 hours of on-the-job training.
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. At the completion of the apprenticeship program, eligible individuals will be referred for the applicable electrical exam.
Apprenticeship Committees 
MA# 1071 
OR SW-WA NW-CA Steamfitter 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
MA# 2022
Mid-Valley Steamfitters/Pipefitters JATC
Area 2
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