Apprenticeship (How to Join)
The Apprenticeship Program is a five-year program with on the job training and a 19 Course correspondence through a nationally recognized university. Once you have entered the Apprenticeship Program and have completed your six-month probationary period you are eligible to become a member of Local 669. An Apprentice is paid at a percentage of the Journeyman wage. Each six months of the Apprenticeship the apprentice records are reviewed to make sure that there is satisfactory progress both on the-job and in the related training courses. Satisfactory progress means advancement to the next classification and a wage increase until the Apprentice completes the five-year program.
Wages and Benefits
The wage rate of apprentices is determined by the “Class” of the apprentice. The Apprentice will receive the appropriate percentage of the Journeyman wage rate in the state where he/she is working. The Sprinkler Fitter wage rate is negotiated state by state, based on the economic conditions of the state. All apprentices will participate in a Health and Welfare program that provides medical coverage and life insurance. In addition to that, apprentices will start building a Pension once they meet the stipulated requirements to begin participation.
Both the Health and Welfare and Pension programs are among the finest in the construction industry.
- Must be at least 18 years old.
- Must have a high school diploma or GED.
- Must be physically fit to do the work of the trade.
- Must have other than dishonorable discharge from the military (if applicable).
- Must pass appropriate drug test.