Local 675's training in Pearl City and Iwilei, are conducted in spacious facilities which feature state-of-the art "hands-on" equipment for plumbing, pipefitting, refrigeration, air conditioning, fire sprinkler systems, and welding.
Our workforce is thoroughly trained in technical skills, safety, health requirements and industry codes. On-going attention is given to improving training methods so as to ensure only the best possible protection for Hawaii's consumers and fragile environment.
Training and Certification is available for Local 675 members in Backflow Prevention, Medical Gas, EPA 608 (CFC), Welding, OSHA 10, and First Aid.
Local 675 apprentices are accepted only after a rigorous testing and selection process. Each apprentice undergoes a five-year program consisting of 10,000 work hours plus ten semesters of related classroom instruction coupled with manipulative, hands-on training.
The Plumbers & Fitters commitment to excellence also extends to all course instructors and trainers. Each instructor is required to complete a five-year national trainers' program conducted by the United Association. Beyond instruction of the mere basics of the trade, the UA Instructor Training Program offers training in emerging industry techniques, equipment, and skills.
The superior quality of UA Local675's training program was nationally recognized in 1995 for "Outstanding Achievement in Apprenticeship Training." A blue ribbon selection committee drawn from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Bureau of Apprenticeship Training, the National Association of State and Territorial Apprenticeship Directors, and the Federal Committee on Apprenticeship, chose the Plumbers & Fitters Local 675's apprenticeship program as one of only three nationwide to be so honored.
Pipefitter/Steamfitter Welder apprentices are trained to fabricate and erect pipes of every kind – plastic, ferrous and non-ferrous types. Pipefitters learn to thread, solder, braze, and weld pipes. They also install air conditioning chillers, air handler units, cooling towers, pumps, storage tanks and vessels, control valves, instrumentation, and all related work connected to its installation.
What will I be doing?
Apprentices are trained to cut, thread solder, braze, and weld pipes. Install all types of equipment’s, controls, fixtures, layout and assembly of related piping. Apprentices are trained to fabricate and erect pipes of every kind: glass, plastic, ferrous and non-ferrous types.
Where will I be working?
Apprentices work on new construction projects, renovation projects, and maintenance projects at homes, hotels, and commercial buildings.
How will I be trained?
Training is provided through a quality structured apprenticeship program while working on the job with a journeyperson earning a decent wage. All apprentices attend related instructions and training courses that are conducted by qualified instructors. Course curriculum includes safety, first aid, and proper use of tools of the trade, drawing interpretation, blueprint reading, and more.
The apprenticeship program provides invaluable on-the-job training and related classroom instructions that are fundamental.
How can I become an apprentice?
The Honolulu Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) for the Plumbing & Pipefitting Industry is accepting continuous applications for waiting lists for the Plumber, Refrigeration Air Conditioning, Fire Sprinkler Fitter and Steam Fitter Welder apprenticeship programs on all islands. Applicants who successfully complete their online application and meet the minimum qualifications set by the JATC will be invited for testing. There is 30-day time frame to complete an application.
Each applicant must meet the following qualifications:
- Be not less than seventeen (17) years of age.
- Have a valid Hawaii Driver’s License.
- Provide evidence of being a high school graduate or have a General Educational Development (G.E.D.) certificate or equivalent.
- Provide “official” transcript of high school records, and transcript of trade school courses, if any.
- Take a Placement Evaluation test (to be taken at a later date) and satisfactorily pass with a minimum score of 70-percent.
- If Applicable, provide validated previous experience.
- Be physically fit to perform the duties of the trade
Payment (Online Application Fee)
Applicants must pay an Online Application Fee of $20.00 at the time of applying (non-refundable). All sales are final, purchase is not for deliverable goods. We accept Credit Card (Master Card or Visa), Debit Card (Master Card or Visa), or PayPal. The JATC does not issue checks, credit bank accounts or refund moneys from electronic purchases.
You have 30 days to complete your application before it expires. You will not be refunded the Online Application Fee if your application expires after the 30 days.
If at any point your application is not completed by the 30 days, you will be notified of the reason for closure via email correspondence. You will not be refunded the Online Application Fee if your application is closed for valid reasons. No exceptions to this policy.
Programs and Island Selection
Applicants may apply for a first choice and a second choice program. If the first choice program is not available at the time of selection, applicants may be asked to switch to their second choice. Program selection (Plumber, Refrigeration Air Conditioning, Fire Sprinkler Fitter, or Steamfitter Welder). And select the island the applicant resides on.
All required documents high school diploma or G.E.D., high school transcript, valid driver’s license must be submitted to complete the application process.
Men and women meeting the above minimum and specific qualifications will be interviewed and may be placed as eligible applicants on the waiting list. The waiting lists will consist of twenty-five (25) applicants each from which the JATC may select to become apprentices in the Plumber, Refrigeration Air Conditioning, Fire Sprinkler Fitter and Steam Fitter Welder, programs. Candidates are kept on the waitlist for two years from the date of interview.
Equal Opportunity Employment
The Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee has adopted an affirmative action plan. They have pledged the recruitment, selection, employment, and training of apprentices during their apprenticeship shall be without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, age, disability, marital status, domestic or sexual violence victim status, credit history or report, arrest and court record, or on any other basis prohibited by §378-2, Hawaii Revised Statutes, provided that the sponsor may refuse to accept an individual for apprenticeship or refuse to refer an individual for employment for reasons allowed under Federal and state law. Affirmative action shall be undertaken to provide equal employment opportunity in apprenticeship and the apprenticeship program shall be operated as required under chapter 12-31 of the Hawaii Administrative Rules (or its successors) and 29 C.F.R. Part 30.
Any apprentice or applicant for apprenticeship who believe that he or she has been discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry/national origin, sex, age, disabilities, sexual orientation, marital status, or arrest and court records with regard to apprenticeship or that of the equal opportunity standards with respect to his or her selection may file a complaint with the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission, 830 Punchbowl Street, Room 411, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 or the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program (OFCCP) 300 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 7-227, Honolulu, Hawaii 96850.
Scholarship Loan Agreement
If accepted as an apprentice, an agreement must be signed for each year of apprenticeship training (called a Scholarship Loan Agreement) which provides that you will reimburse the JATC for the cost of training if you perform Plumbing, Refrigeration Air Conditioning, Fire Sprinkler Fitter, and Steam Fitter Welder, work for a contractor who has not signed a collective bargaining agreement with UA Local 675.
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