Local UA290UA Local 290 - Serving Oregon, SE Washington and Northern California

Apprenticeships

The Matt J. Walters Training Center offers five-year apprenticeships for both Plumbers and Steamfitters. Our apprenticeship program is appropriate for high school graduates looking for something other than the traditional college route, those looking for a career change, or college graduates concerned with the difficult job market. If you’re good with your hands and fascinated by the construction industry and the trades, apply for our five-year apprenticeship program.

After the application process, and once accepted into the apprenticeship program, each new apprentice is paired with a journeyman. The apprentice trains with the journeyman during the day, working for one of our contractors. Pay increases as program requirements are met.

At the end of the tenth term completed successfully (8,000 training hours and 1,080 school hours) and upon completion and passing of the UA Local 290 exam, apprentices are referred to the Building Codes Division for State exams. Once all exams are successfully completed, the apprentice is re-rated to journeyman.

 

Apprentice Wages (4/1/14 - 3/31/16)

Term

Training Hrs

School Hrs

%

Base Wage

Total Package

1

0

0

40%

$16.84

$30.89

2

800

108

50%

$21.06

$35.11

3

1600

216

55%

$23.16

$43.50

4

2400

324

60%

$25.27

$46.18

5

3200

432

65%

$27.37

$48.84

6

4000

540

70%

$29.48

$51.53

7

4800

648

75%

$31.58

$54.19

8

5600

756

80%

$33.69

$56.88

9

6400

864

85%

$35.79

$59.54

10

7200

972

90%

$37.90

$62.23

 

Related training classes are held in the eveningings and occasionally on Saturdays.

For more information, call the TC at 503-691-1997

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is occupational training that combines on-the-job experience with classroom instruction. Apprentices earn while they learn-- their wages usually begin at 40% of the journeyman salary. Journeymen are individuals who have completed their training and hold industry certification. 

Apprentices receive pay increases as they learn to perform more complex tasks. When they become a journeyman, they increase their chances of finding a well-paying job in the industry and may become supervisors or go into business for themselves. 

What type of apprenticeships are offered?

We offer apprenticeships in Plumbing and Steamfitting. The Plumber protects the health and safety of the community by providing pure water to residential, commercial, and industrial building for drinking, cooking, washing, cleaning, manufacturing or personal use, and to remove waste water after it has served its purpose. All piping and plumbing fixtures must be installed in accordance with local pluming codes and Board of Health requirements. Plumbing course topics include: sanitary drainage, waste, and venting systems; techniques for soldering, brazing, and welding processes and procedures; installation of fixtures, appliances, trim and supports. The Steamfitter protects our environment by properly installing piping and equipment for complex heating/air conditioning and special industrial piping systems such as semiconductor, biotechnology, and power generation. Steamfitter course topics include: HVAC/R instrumentation and boilers; welding processes and procedures; commercial and industrial electrical controls; outdoor installations, troubleshooting and maintenance.

How do I apply?

Applications are completed in person during one of our application openings. We will advertise the next opening at least 30 days in advance. It will be posted on our website in addition to being advertised in the media. Applications are accepted at the following Training Centers: Eureka, Redmond, Medford, Springfield & Tualatin. Note: The JATC has decided to delay accepting applications to our apprenticeship programs. We will not be accepting applications in October 2015. Please refer back to this website in the future for more information regarding future application openings. 

What are the minimum educational requirements?

Applicants must be 18 years old and meet minimum requirements for math (algebra), as well as GED score or High School GPA. Please contact the training center at 503.691.1997  if you have additional questions.

Do apprentices attend school?

School is 2 nights a week, for 3 hours each night, which equates to 108 hours per term, and 216 hours per year. Tuition is $100 per term. There are also occasional mandatory classes on weekends. Books are sold at a 50% discount to Apprentices. 

How much do apprentices make?

Apprentice wages are based on the current contractual journeyman rate ($42.11).
A term is minimum of six months; once all program requirements are met, the apprentice earns a raise.

How long does it take to become a Journeyman?

At the end of the 10th term successfully completed (8,000 training hours and 1,080 school hours total), and upon completion and passing of the UA STAR exam, apprentices are referred to the Building Codes Division for State exams. Once all exams are successfully completed, the apprentice is re-rated to journeyman.

Who can I talk to about apprenticeship?

Contact the Training Center's main line at 503-691-1997

 

 

 




UNITED ASSOCIATION LOCAL UNION 290
20210 SW Teton Ave, Tualatin, OR 97062
(503) 691-5700

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