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!
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:
$46.9k+ Now in wages and benefits, while you’re in school, with FREE Tuition. 120k+ 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:
Advanced Plan Reading
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration I/CFC
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration II
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration III
AutoCad I and II
Basic Air Conditioning/CFC
Basic Heating and Controls
Builders Level Transit
Direct Digital Control
Drainage II/Sand Pit
Electricity I/Arc Flash
High Pressure Steam
Medical Gas Certification
Natural Gas Code
Oil & Gas Burners
Shielded Metallic Arc Welding I
Shielded Metallic Arc Welding II
Shielded Metallic Arc Welding III
Soldering & Brazing
UA Star Review
Variable Frequency Drive (VFD)
Variable Refrig. Flow
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.
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.
Applications for the Baltimore, MD 2019-2020 school year are no longer being accepted. Please check back June 3, 2019 to apply for the Baltimore, MD 2020-2021 school year.
Applications for our Seaford, DE location are not being accepted at this time.
Please check back for updates.
Application Deadline: May 24, 2019
Applications for the 2019-2020 school year are now 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.