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 systems, 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 and supervision of a journeyman plumber, but is given increasing responsibility near the end of the apprenticeship so that most of the job functions can be satisfactorily accomplished with direction.

Plumbing is hard physical work, and is performed throughout the year, in all kinds of weather, inside and outside. Ditch work, elevated work, under buildings, high up in “skeletal” frames of building, etc., are but a few of the locations. Repair and remodel work is generally more protected and inside, but can be hot, dirty, and close. Potential hazards require constant “good” safety attitude and practice.

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.

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

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

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.

Length of training: (Five) years, 1700 Hours Minimum (on-the-job training),
per year. Related training: (Five) years, 230 Hours Minimum (in school), per year.

Apprenticeship Application Requirements

Applications for first year plumber apprentices in Local 24 trade school, which is operated by the Plumbers Local 24 Education Fund, may be obtained in person at the office of Plumbers Local 24.

Required Documents
Official documents must be accompanied with the following at the time of application:

  • A copy of your Birth Certificate
  • A copy of your High School Diploma or Equivalency (GED)
  • A copy of your High School Transcript
  • A copy of your Social Security card
  • A copy of your valid drivers license must be presented at the time the application is picked up. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

You must bring copies of all documents requested, accompanied with a check or money order for $50 for required aptitude test. No Cash Will Be Accepted.

All applications must be complete and have all the required documents, any application not complete or missing any of the required documents cannot be accepted.

Aptitude Test
Aptitude tests are required in connection with the selection process. The cost is $50.00 to be paid by the applicant when application is picked up.  Check or money order only.  No cash will be accepted.

Physical Examination
A physical examination, including a drug test, will be required before acceptance into the training program is granted, and periodic physical examinations, including a drug test, may be administered after acceptance into the program.

Personal Interview
All appropriate candidates are required to appear before the joint apprenticeship training committee for a personal evaluation interview.

Plumbers Local 24 education fund school conducts it’s apprenticeship and journeymen training school at 20 Fairfield Place, West Caldwell, New Jersey. Admitting students of any sex, race, color, creed, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to the students. The school does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national ethnic origin in administration of it’s education policies, admissions policies and school administered programs.