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Plumbing Apprenticeship

About the Career

Imagine a home or business without a plumbing system–drinking a cool glass of water, cooking, and showering would be an inconvenience at best. Plumbing systems and those who install, repair, and maintain them are critical to the building process. The Plumbing Apprenticeship program is an employer-sponsored, hands-on training program under the direction of a master plumber. If you're looking for a specialized career that's always in demand, becoming a journey-level plumber is an excellent choice. According to U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for plumbers are expected to be plentiful well into the next decade.

About this apprenticeship

Once contracted to the Lake to Lake Plumbing Joint Apprenticeship Committee, you will be invited to attend your paid-related instruction at Fox Valley Technical College (non-union) or Local 400 (union) in Appleton, Wisconsin.

2020-2021 Program Courses


The Plumbing Apprenticeship requires 8,000 work hours - 7,428 on the job and 572 in paid-related instruction. In addition, 260 hours of unpaid-related night school is required.


To get an idea of current wages in the construction trades, visit You can get an idea of what other LTC program graduates are paid by reviewing the LTC graduate follow-up survey.


Contact Kerri Nevala at Fox Valley Technical College at 920-735-5778 for approximate costs.


Companies in the LTC district who currently employ plumbers include:

  • Aldag/Honold Mechanical Inc.
  • G. W. Kadow Plumbing & Heating
  • Haucke Plumbing & Heating Inc.
  • Maritime Plumbing & Mechanical LLC
  • Meyer Plumbing LLC
  • Mike DePagter Plumbing LLC
  • Neumann Plumbing & Heating Inc.
  • Rohde Brothers Inc.
  • Sixel and Schwinn Inc.

Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship, you will receive:

  1. A Certificate of Completion of the Apprenticeship from the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
  2. A Journeyworker card from the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
  3. Eligibility to transfer 39 credits into a Journeyworker Technical Studies Associate Degree

What are the steps to apply?

Step 1:

Ensure that each of the following documents are completed and submitted to:

Apprenticeship Office
Lakeshore Technical College
1290 North Avenue
Cleveland, WI 53015-1414
Office Number: 920.693.1279
Fax Number: 920.693.3508

  1. The Apprentice Application.
  2. Proof of age (i.e., driver's license, birth certificate, passport).
  3. Request (Transcript Request form) a final high school transcript or equivalent (GED/HSED) to be sent to LTC.
  4. Next Gen Accuplacer scores of 237 for arithmetic, 239 for reading, and 216 for QAS (Algebra) -OR- Classic Accuplacer scores of 66 for arithmetic, 66 for reading, and 33 for Algebra -OR- ACT scores of 15 for math and 16 for reading. Scores must be within the last five year. 

Step 2:

Once these items are verified and in the apprenticeship office, you will be scheduled for an advisory committee interview at their next meeting.

Step 3:

If everything is in order, you will be issued a Letter of Introduction from the committee. You'll use this letter to apply for work in the trade. You must have a sponsoring employer before receiving an apprentice contract and being invited to school.

Step 4:

You and the employer work with the local Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards - Apprenticeship Training Representative (ATR) to complete an apprenticeship contract. At that time, you and the employer then appear before the committee where the contract is approved.

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