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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 is closed.
To apply for Pipefitter apprenticeship download the application form
If you have questions you may call the Pipefitter Industry Training Center at 248 585-0636 or go to the web page here.

Primary Exam Information & Preparation

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

Additional Exam Preparation Options for Plumber & Pipefitter
Suggested Test Preparation Manual
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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

Learn more about our SAT prep

Explore Careers in Construction and Career Readiness Resources


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

NAWIC: National Association of Women in Construction: Core Purpose: To enhance the success of women in the construction industry.
NAWIC Detroit website here.
NAWIC National website here.
NAWIC Scholarship information here.

PROJECT ACCELERATE: A comprehensive modular experience based  educational program for women in, or considering entry in the construction, engineering, trades and design fields.
See video here.

Project Accelerate website here.

SER METRO PREAPPRENTICE BRIDGE PROGRAM: 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.


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