Our apprenticeship program, established in 1974, is officially known as the Palm Beach County Plumbing, Air Conditioning and Pipefitting Joint Apprenticeship and Journeyman Training Committee. Quite a mouthful, we admit! Now, our program is simply called Pipe U, and we want you to know why it's a cool route to a career in these trades and a great alternative to college.
Pipe U is The Palm Beach County Plumbing, Air Conditioning and Pipefitting Apprentice Program sponsored by U.A. Local 630 and participating businesses.
An apprenticeship at Pipe U is a 60-month (5-year) program that combines on-the-job training of 40 hours per week with two nights of school per week. You'll accumulate a total of 216 hours of school each year and, upon completion, earn 1/2 of the credits required for an Associate's degree. And best of all, receive free tuition.
Thanks to a building boom, there's a chronic shortage of people skilled in plumbing, air conditioning and pipefitting. Pipe U is designed to meet the need for these skilled tradesmen.
Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) Service Technicians install, maintain/repair heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. These technicians also learn and work on ways to improve energy efficiency. Most apprentices get into a truck mid-way through their apprenticeship and this sector provides consistent year-round work with excellent wages plus benefits. HVAC is in high demand in South Florida this trade allows overtime thru being on-call, shift work, and also pays a higher wage than construction.
The Service Plumbers of Local 630 are among the best trained and safest skilled tradespeople working in the building industry today. Our technicians are actively engaged in plumbing installation, repairing, service/ maintenance of piping & plumbing systems and equipment used for drinking (potable) water distribution, sanitary waste drainage, storm water systems and gas distribution. Our Service plumbers also get certified in Medical Gas and Backflow certifications. Most Service plumbers end up in a vehicle mid-way through their apprenticeship and make a higher wage along with the ability to be on call.
Pipefitter/Welders install piping systems in projects ranging from residential to high-tech, extremely sensitive and sophisticated facilities. The work they do can involve high-pressure systems utilizing carbon, stainless steel and many complex alloys. Pipefitters can work in power plants, pharmaceutical facilities, hospitals and many other commercial or industrial jobs. Welders are found on almost every jobsite in North America. These skilled workers cut and join a variety of materials from steel, cast iron and plastic. To also complex and specialized products used on projects ranging from pipelines, power plants, pharmaceutical and to computer chip factories.
Plumbers perform work that is essential to the health and safety of our citizens. Plumbers install drinking water, waste and ventilating systems. As well as wastewater treatment systems large/ small in homes, offices, schools, hospitals and commercial facilities. With a growing focus on green technologies, water conservation and energy efficiency. The demand for Plumbers will increase significantly in the years ahead. Our Plumbers also work on technical installations for medical gas in hospitals and nursing homes.