Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions 2020-10-01T18:58:32-04:00

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We have compiled a list of questions that are most frequently asked. If you have any other questions,
please contact us either online or give us a call at 410.866.5313.

Application can be made online at for our Baltimore, West Virginia or Seaford, DE schools.  You will be assigned a Math Test date.  A 76% or higher score must be obtained on the math test to have your application processed by the Joint Apprenticeship Committee.  A Sample Math Test can be found on our website, under the Applicants tab.   It is important that you study the “sample math test” prior to your appointment to sit for the actual test. For help with the math test go to or you can obtain a personal tutor.

Plumbers and Steamfitters LU 486 Membership and the Mechanical Contractors’ Association of Maryland, Inc.

There is a non-refundable processing fee of $75.00 due at the time of application. The fee is payable by major credit card only.

If selected for training, you will receive an Apprentice Scholarship for your training. You will, however, be responsible to pay for your books. These materials are approximately $440 for the first year and about $350 on average for the next four years.

You are required to pay union dues, $29.00 per month, once you have been placed on the job site for one of our participating contractors.

Classes begin in September of each year and usually end in June of the following year like the public school system.

You will be employed by one of the participating contractors signatory to an Agreement with Plumbers/Steamfitters LU 486 as jobs become available. LU 486’s work jurisdiction is Baltimore City and surrounding counties and also includes the Hagerstown and Frederick area and Sussex, Delaware area. You are required to work 8 hours per day, 5 days a week usually between the hours of 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. You will need your own transportation to get to and from the job site.

At the Plumbers/Steamfitters’ Training Facility, 1201 66th Street, Baltimore Co., Rosedale, Maryland, 21237, OR at the James Rumsey Technical Institute, 3274 Hedgesville Road, Martinsburg, West Virginia, 25401. OR the Plumbers/Steamfitters Facility, 26705 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, Delaware, 19973

You will be dispatched by Local Union 486.

Plumber and Steamfitter Apprentices and Journeyman install piping in buildings, industry, schools, hospitals, etc. Additionally, they install and service heating and cooling systems and do their own control work. They also do their own welding. A Plumber/Steamfitter also installs and repairs pipe, fittings and fixtures of hot and cold water, vacuum, oxygen, gas and drainage systems. They also do layout of pipe and pipe connections and provide openings for pipes in walls and floors. They cut and thread pipe using pipe cutters, cutting torches, and pipe threading machines.

The deadlines for the September, 2021 school year are:
Baltimore, Maryland –   March 21, 2021

Seaford, Delaware & Martinsburg, West Virginia – April 16, 2021

  • Apply on-line at,  fill out an application by the deadline.   Must have $75 processing fee, payable by Credit card only. Also, must provide official photo I.D.
  • Take the basic math test when scheduled by the school’s office. Achieve a 76% score, or higher, on the math test to have your application processed.

What will the requirements be after passing the Math test?
AFTER you pass the math test you will be notified by mail to provide the following:

  • Provide a copy of your high school transcript or a copy of your GED Certificate with scores attached. High School transcript or GED scores must be unopened/sealed when received by the training school.
  • Submit to our office the three personal reference forms that you receive from the school’s office after they have been filled out by either a former employer or an acquaintance. The Apprenticeship Committee prefers that you do not use relatives as personal references.
  • Submit a copy of your certified Birth Certificate or provide original birth certificate to be copied.
  • After you provide all documentation listed above you will appear in person for a “personal interview” by the Joint Apprenticeship Committee on the date that has been scheduled for you.

When you appear before the Joint Apprenticeship Committee for your personal interview, your application, math score and high school transcript or GED scores will be reviewed. Interview questions asked will be personal history, your goals, and what, why, when and how you became interested in our apprenticeship program. If you have taken math, mechanical drawing, or plumbing/welding/electrical subjects in high school, you will receive extra bonus points. The committee compiles an overall score for each applicant that qualifies for an interview. They are then placed on an eligibility list. After all qualified applicants have been interviewed, a selection is made by the Apprenticeship Committee from the eligibility list from the highest score, downward. Job opportunities dictate the number of applicants selected for training.

1st Year – Medical plan for you and your family after qualifying. To qualify, you must work 250 hours during a work quarter before medical insurance is purchased for you during the next insurance quarter. You will also receive a pension benefit.

2nd year apprentices that have 2nd year hours will receive their prescription plan , dental plan and annuity and pension.

2nd – 5th Year – Medical for you and your family, pension and annuity.

a. State of Maryland Plumbing License.
b. State of Maryland HVACR License.
c. Gasfitters’ License.

a. Medical Gas Certification.
b. Backflow Certification.
c. CFC Qualification.
d. Welding Qualification.
e. Ten hour OSHA Certification including ” Right to Know Law.”
f. Confined Space Certification.
g. CPR Certification.
h. Standard First Aid Certification.

No, but if you have experience, it will be acknowledged.

Last year 210 people applied.
About 70 people per year are selected which is about 33% of the people who meet the basic eligibility requirements.

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.