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Make Mechanical Trades a Career

The Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 486 Apprenticeship Program is a career in the making. If you want to make money and build a future, apply to become an apprentice!

You’ll work in commercial and industrial settings, installing and repairing heating, cooling, and refrigeration systems. They are welders using computer-assisted welding machines. They work with digital control systems. The Plumbers & Steamfitters Apprenticeship Program will teach you everything you need to know and give you job experience! It’s a five-year program with FREE tuition and PAID on-the-job training. Upon graduation you become a certified welder, licensed Maryland Plumber-Gasfitter and/or HVACR journey person, with ten trade certifications and 30 FREE college credits.

Make your future career happen.
Make a plan and apply for the Apprenticeship Program now!

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On-the-job Training

Learn while you earn.

When you are chosen for the program, you will be assigned to a participating contractor within Union 486 jurisdiction as jobs become available. Work will be in Baltimore City and surrounding counties, including Hagerstown and Frederick, Maryland and Sussex, Delaware. For those attending our satellite programs, jobs will be in Seaford, Delaware and Martinsburg, West Virginia.

You’ll work eight hours per day, five days a week, usually between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. You will need your own transportation to get to and from the job site.

As your experience increases, so will your Total Yearly Compensation:

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$48.5k+ Now in wages and benefits, while you’re in school, with FREE Tuition. 125k+ in 5 years at graduation.

Courses of Study

You will complete 1,250 hours in the classroom during your five-year training program and earn 30 free college credits. This time will include completion of the following courses:

Academic Success
Advanced Plan Reading
Advanced Welding
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration I/CFC
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration II
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration III
AutoCad I and II
Backflow Prevention
Basic Air Conditioning/CFC
Basic Electricity
Basic Heating and Controls
Builders Level Transit
Confined Space Training
Control Theory
Customer Relations/Sales
Direct Digital Control
Drainage II/Sand Pit
Drawing I
Drawing II
Electricity I/Arc Flash
Electricity II
Electricity III

Fab Shop
Financial Tools
First Aid/CPR
Gas Installations
High Pressure Steam
Industrial Refrigeration
Medical Gas Certification
Natural Gas Code
Oil & Gas Burners
Orbital Welding

Pipe Layout
Plumbing Code
Plumbing Fixtures
Plumbing Lab
Realistic Preview
Related Math
Related Science
Rigging II

Screw Pipe
Shielded Metallic Arc Welding I
Shielded Metallic Arc Welding II
Shielded Metallic Arc Welding III
Soldering & Brazing
Tube Bending/Orbital
UA Star Review
Variable Frequency Drive (VFD)
Variable Refrig. Flow
Water Supply

Veterans in Piping

The Veterans in Piping (VIP) program offers high-quality skills training and jobs in the pipe trades to active duty military personnel preparing to leave the service. UA General President William P. Hite established the program as a means of addressing two important issues:

  • A growing shortage in the construction industry of skilled workers due to the combined effects of an aging workforce, increased demand, and lack of skills training for youth; and

  • An exceedingly high unemployment rate for US Veterans, despite their being a disciplined and highly trainable population.

Military and government officials have lauded VIP as a model in workforce development. Participants enroll in accelerated 18-week courses in welding, fire sprinkler fitting and/or HVACR service, both fields experiencing an increased demand for skilled workers. They also earn industry-recognized certifications as a part of their education. Upon graduation, VIPs gain direct entry into UA apprenticeship, leading to lifelong career opportunities. All training is paid for entirely by the UA and its industry partners at NO cost to participants.

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Training Facilities

You’ll spend your classroom hours at the Plumbers & Steamfitters Apprenticeship Schools in either Baltimore, Maryland, Seaford, Delaware or Martinsburg, West Virginia. Our state-of-the-art facilities are designed specifically for training and learning. The spacious, high-technology classrooms and simulation rooms are modeled for an interactive environment.

Experienced, highly qualified trainers and instructors will teach you necessary skills to become an outstanding professional, and they will lead you through hands-on activities to reinforce the knowledge.

Applicant Requirements:

  • 18 years old by June 30, of the school year you’re applying for
  • High school diploma or equivalent, or graduating senior
  • Pass a basic math test – Sample Math Test
  • Provide official documentation:

    • High school transcript or GED certificate
    • Birth certificate
    • Social Security card
    • DD214 form (if a Veteran)
  • Consent to a background check
  • Be eligible to work in the United States
  • Provide three completed personal reference forms

  • Participate in an in-person interview with the Apprenticeship Committee
  • Take a drug screening test and have a physical
  • Be eligible to obtain a Maryland Plumbing and HVACR Apprenticeship License.
  • Sign the Scholarship Loan Agreement – see info below

The sample scholarship loan agreement on this website is for general information purposes only. Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 486 JATC assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions in the contents of the scholarship loan documents posted here. For a copy of the most up-to-date scholarship loan agreement, please contact the Training School. Click here for a sample scholarship loan agreement.

Application Deadlines

Baltimore, Maryland

Applications for the 2021/2022 school year are no longer being accepted.

Seaford, Delaware

Applications for the 2021/2022 school year are no longer being accepted.

Martinsburg, West Virginia

Applications for the 2021/2022 school year are no longer being accepted.

There is a non-refundable processing fee of $75 due at the time of application to be paid by Credit Card.
No official documents needed to apply.