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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
  • Pass WorkKeys exam
  • 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 open January 2, 2018 through January 30, 2018.
To apply for Pipefitter apprenticeship download the application form

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
: (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

Learn more about our SAT prep


In the News

Laura Reyes Kopack, J.D. of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Detroit receives
Spirit of Detroit Award
Diversity focused Governmental Affairs and Community Relations Director Laura Reyes Kopack, J.D., of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Detroit received the Spirit of Detroit award on March 3, 2015, “in recognition of exceptional achievement, outstanding leadership and dedication to improving the quality of life” for Detroit residents by the City Council of Detroit, Michigan.
For additional information, please access official press release here.

TYC youth received valuable safety training and instruction for volunteer work to be done toward the renovation of Belle Isle from the Metropolitan Detroit Plumbing Industry Training Center.
This volunteer training event was facilitated by instructor, Paul Baker, at the Training Center.
The youth learned basic plumbing and pipe fitting techniques and received training which resulted in them earning OSHA-10 certification. "When our youth participate in the renovation of Belle Isle, it's a win-win situation," said Grenaé Dudley, President and CEO of TYC. " Our youth were so proud that they were able to do something positive for the City and their community and in return they were trained by outstanding professionals and were exposed to the construction trades as a career choice."
To read more about this career event click here.
To see photos of the training event click here.
To watch news clips click on tv20 detroit and/or clickondetroit.

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.

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 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 or


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