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Oregon Apprenticeship Guide
Job Description
Pipefitters work mainly in the manufacturing industry. They lay out, install and maintain piping systems that provide steam heat, power, water, hydraulic pressure, air pressure and oil. They bend, cut, weld and bracket pipes; repair, pack and adjust valves; test installed equipment for leaks and check that systems meet government specifications.
Working Conditions
The work is done inside manufacturing facilities. Conditions can be noisy, warm or cold to extreme, and welding fumes and dust may be present. The protective gear worn to protect pipefitters is cumbersome and heavy.
Beginning apprentices start at approximately 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
The apprenticeship lasts four years. Apprentices must complete a minimum of 144 hours per year of related training and a total of 6,400 to 8,000 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.
Most of these programs are open only to employees of training agents registered with the local apprenticeship committee.
Apprenticeship Committees 
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MA# 2009
Mid-Willamette Industrial Electrical JATC
Area 2
​MA# 2022

​Mid-Valley Steamfitters/Pipefitters JATC 


​Area 2

MA# 4007

Douglas/Coos/Curry Industrial JATC

Area 4
 MA# 7016
Klamath Basin Industrial TATC
541-882-3521 x235  
Area 5
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