NOTE: Orientation is only open to candidates that have completed registration in the Plumbers 75 career portal. If you have yet to complete this step, you can register here: PipeTradeCareers.Com/WI/75
It's Time to Take the Next Steps
Start today on your journey to become a plumbing apprentice in WI.
You're on a Roll! Follow Steps 2-6 next.
- Contact your school administration to have an official copy of your final high school transcript sent to: Plumbers 75 Apprenticeship Office, 11175 W. Parkland Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53224
- Make sure they include the date of graduation, all grades, and an official stamp or seal
- Send anything yourself-it should come directly from the school
- Send anything but official transcripts: no diplomas, and no certificates
- Fax, email, or photocopy the transcripts: only original mailed transcripts are accepted
Didn't attend a traditional state-accredited school? Further instructions for GED, home-schooled, and foreign candidates can be found on our .pdf download.
Did you Take the ACT?
- If you've earned the minimum score requirements on the ACT test in the last 5 years (Reading-16, Math-15), you can use your scores to fulfill your testing requirement.
- Visit the ACT website to learn how to send scores using college code #8002.
Do You Need a Different Assessment?
- Schedule an appointment to take the Accuplacer Next Generation at the testing facility of your choice Tip: Choose country & state, leave city/zip blank.
- You'll need to download and submit our Test Authorization Form for this assessment
- Or, if you've taken an Accuplacer or TABE test in the last 5 years, see further instructions in the Step 3 handout.
More information on TESTING, SCORES, FAILURE/RE-TESTING, and SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS can be found by downloading our Step 3 handout.
For help on the Accuplacer test, download our list of valid tutoring agencies.
Upon completion of steps 1-3, the Apprenticeship Office will invite you to a scheduled session to receive your Letter of Introduction. This will qualify you to apply to plumbing companies.
Employment at a sponsoring signatory contractor is the primary requirement for an apprenticeship as there's no on-the-job training without a job!
Once you are hired, you are competing against other entry-level tradespeople to demonstrate your apprenticeship readiness. If you prove to your contractor you are a good fit for an apprenticeship, they will sponsor you into the program and you will be asked to complete the remaining requirements of the apprenticeship.
Use the below resources to put your best foot forward.
What you Need to Know About Getting Hired
UA Plumbers Local 75 does not hire apprentices directly. In order for you to start your plumbing training and career, you must be hired by one of our signatory contractors. Review what you need to know about getting hired by downloading our .pdf.
Do you Need A Resume?
When you apply directly to our signatory contractors you'll be asked for your employment history. Although some may not require a resume with your apprenticeship application, creating one in advance is a great way to expedite the application process and demonstrate your professionalism.
Plumbing Apprentice Resume Template: Google Docs
If you use Google Docs, copy our plumber pre-apprentice resume template and use it as an example to personalize your own.
Plumbing Apprentice Resume Template: Microsoft Word
If you use Microsoft Word, download our plumber pre-apprentice resume template and use it as a sample to personalize your own.
How Should You Prepare for an Interview with a Contractor?
Taking time to review common questions and consider your answers will demonstrate your professionalism during interviews. We've collected some sample questions for your consideration
After finding a placement with a plumbing company, the final steps to apprenticeship include a pre-employment drug test, a review of program requirements, and some paperwork.
If you have questions, the Milwaukee Area Joint Plumbing Apprenticeship Committee is here to help.
Hear from Apprentices:
College was Boring for Me
"I have always been very active. I played sports in college - I loved that part of it. But sitting in a classroom all day and listening to a teacher lecture me and then having to write papers and do everything exactly the way they said it needed to be done, it was boring for me."
You Get Paid the Day You're in School
"I tried college. Working all summer just to pay for class wasn't working out for me. Here you get paid the day you're in school. You're getting paid to learn instead of paying to learn. When you start out as an apprentice that wage is pretty generous compared to other jobs' starting pay."