No other organization serves the training needs of the piping industry like the United Association. For over a century, the UA has been training the most highly-qualified workers in the United States and Canada.

Over the past several decades, the United Association's training programs have produced a stable, skilled workforce responsible for building and maintaining piping systems in the various industrial and residential facilities that make up the North American landscape.

No one can match our commitment or investment in training. The UA spends over $130 million annually on training programs efforts involving approximately 100,000 journeymen and apprentices in over 400 local training facilities at any given time.

If the United Association wanted to select the area which best reflects this commitment to the training and excellence produced, it could well look to New Jersey. We encourage you to stop by our state-of-the-art training facility for a tour!

In addition to our five-year apprenticeship programs, Plumbers Local 24 offers continuing education opportunities that includes journeymen training and certification, as well as an associate’s degree program.

Training never ends at Plumbers Local 24.  Our skill is what separates us from the competition and it's why we are in demand and we want to work with your team today!


Nature of Work
Plumbing involves installation and repair of a wide variety of piping systems and equipment.  The majority of plumbing work is in the residential and commercial segment of building construction.  From layout (or even design) preparation to final installation of fixtures and equipment.

A plumber practices daily all the mental and physical skills acquired through a structured learning process during the five year apprenticeship period.  The layout and installation of piping materials, plumbing fixtures and mechanical equipment are learned on the job.

These devices go into the make-up: drainage system, storm systems, potable and process water systems, i.e., tub, basin, sink, toilet, fixtures, water heaters, softeners, conditioners, pumps and fire protection piping for hospitals, hotels, homes, warehouses, and factories.

Blueprint reading, drawing trade math, related system, theory and selected manipulative skills are taught in the related training school program.  The apprentice works under the direct guidance an supervision of a Journeymen plumber, but is given increased responsibility near the end of the apprenticeship so that most of the job functions can be satisfactorily accomplished with direction.

Working Conditions
Plumbing is hard physical work, and is performed throughout the year, in all kinds of weather, inside and out.  Ditch work, elevator work, under buildings, high up in "skeletal" frames of buildings, etc., are but a few of the locations.  Repair and remodel work is generally more protected and inside, but can be hot and dirty, and close.  Potential hazards require a constant commitment to a safe work practice.

Desirable Qualifications
Must be willing to work outside in all kinds of weather and inside in dirty and cramped quarters.  Must be willing to do hard work physical work for long periods of time.  Should have the ability to work in confined spaces and to prescribed standards.

Work Processes
Sanitary and storm piping, Disposal drainage.  Waste and vent piping, soldering, brazing, welding, water supply, services, mains, fixtures, appliances, trim and supports, gas piping, equipment, and miscellaneous plumbing, etc.

Related Training

  • Materials, Tools, Equipment, Mathematics, Science,
  • Safety Regulations: OSHA, State, First Aid: Basic,
  • Soldering and Brazing,
  • Welding, Gas and Arc,
  • Blueprint reading, Drawing,
  • Piping Layout
  • Plumbing and Related Codes,
  • Drainage Installations,
  • Water Systems Installations,
  • Related Trades Information,
  • CAD Training,
  • Gas Installation,
  • Backflow Prevention Certification,
  • Med Gas Certification

Helpful School Subjects
Mathematics, General Science, Algebra, Geometry, Physics Blueprint Reading, Drafting or Mechanical Drawing, Welding, and Shop Courses.

Tools Used

  • Pipe Cutters and threaders
  • Soldering and Brazing Torches
  • Welding and Equipment
  • Transit and Level Instruments
  • Laser Devices
  • Manual, Electrical, Pneumatic, and Powered Fastening,
  • Manual and Powered lifting Equipment
  • Drilling, Cutting, Rigging equipment
  • All hand tools

Term of Apprenticeship
Length of Training: (5) five years,
1700 Hours Minimum (on the job training),
per year.
Related Training: (5) Five years,
230 Hours Minimum (in school), per year.