Apprenticeship Programs

Plumber and Pipefitter Apprenticeship Programs are accepting approximately 100 apprentices per year regardless of RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, SEX, NATIONAL ORIGIN OR AGE.

Applicants are required to have:

Proof of age (Minimum age of 18)
High School Diploma or GED Certificate
Pass a substance abuse test
Valid driver’s license
Take and pass tests that include: a Differential Aptitude Test (DAT) for Mechanical Reasoning, WorkKeys Applied Mathematics and Graphic Literacy
Test fee – see application for specific costs
(contact a participating MI Works for voucher)

Beginning apprentices could earn $1,040 over a two week period, in wages and fringes, while working and attending school. The fringes include medical benefits for the apprentice, their spouse and children. Over the 5-year apprenticeship, apprentices could earn over $250,000. Upon successfully completing the apprenticeship program they obtain Journeyperson status. A fully employed Journeyperson Plumber or Pipefitter normally earns a minimum of $71,000* per year. A fully employed Journeyperson accumulates approximately one million dollars in pension benefits after working 30 years. Apprentices can earn 30-38 college credits towards an Associate Degree in Applied Science. (*This figure does not include the additional value of fringes, such as insurance, pension etc. that a union employee earns each year.)

PLUMBER Specific Apprenticeship Informational Documents:

Plumber Career Information [ PDF ]
To apply for Plumber apprenticeship go to the Plumbing Industry Training Center here.
If you have questions you may call the Plumbing Training Center at 248-585-1435.
Plumber application process OPEN

PIPEFITTER Specific Apprenticeship Informational Documents:

Pipefitter Career Information [ PDF ]
The Pipefitter apprenticeship application process will be open March 1st, 2021 through March 26th, 2021. You can find requirements and the application here.
If you have questions you may call the Pipefitter Industry Training Center at 248 585-0636 or go to the web page here.

Exam Preparation for Plumbing Apprenticeship

WorkKeys Online Preparation at
Prior to taking the exam, access for pre-test material, remediation, and practice tests.

Exam Preparation for Pipefitter Apprenticeship

Suggested Test Preparation Manual: (Is presently sold on
Pre-Apprentice Training – A Test Preparation Manual For The Skilled Trades and
Pre-Apprentice Training – Math Supplement by Mary Serich and Jack Martin

Suggested Free Test Preparation Site:

Hundreds of previously unreleased Math, Reading, and Writing questions from real SATs and more than 200 videos that show step-by-step solutions to each question. Visit

ACCESS FOR ALL: A collaborative of Building and Construction Trades, Unions and Union Contractors creating middle class employment and career opportunities in Michigan.

Program Elements:

Recruitment, screening and selection of Detroit residents for training
Apprenticeship readiness training
Construction worksite work experience
Union Apprenticeship Training enrollment
Placement in employment with Union Construction Contractors
Follow-up and wrap-around services

For more information and to apply, click here.


Focus: HOPE offers accessible, high-quality work readiness, pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs in a range of in-demand career fields.

NAWIC: National Association of Women in Construction:

Core Purpose: To enhance the success of women in the construction industry.

NAWIC Detroit website
NAWIC National website here.
NAWIC Scholarship information here.


A comprehensive modular experience based  educational program for women in, or considering entry in the construction, engineering, trades and design fields.

Project Accelerate Website


Providing adult programming, education, occupational skills, and vocational training. Our goal is to improve a client’s overall success.

SER Metro Detroit Bridge Program Flyer 2017/2018 here.
SER Metro website here.

Additional information on Plumbers, Pipe Fitters and Steam Fitters may be obtained by visiting the U.S. Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics web site on Construction Occupations. The Occupational Outlook Handbook contains valuable information to help individuals choose a career.

For further career and apprenticeship information, visit Michigan Construction Careers.