St. Paul Pipefitters Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee

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Saint Paul, Minnesota

Bill Lombard,
Training Coordinator
Kathleen "Kiki" Zusan,
Administrative Assistant
Phone 651-455-JATC (5282)

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JATClogoSt. Paul Pipefitters Joint Apprenticeship Training
Pipefitters install, maintain, and repair high and low-pressure steam systems, high and low-pressure hot water systems, snow-melting systems, refrigeration systems, heating, gas and oil piping, pneumatic, electronic controls, air conditioning, and also provide instrumentation and valve repair.   These skills are used working in residential, commercial, and industrial installations, maintenance, and repair and in all types of weather conditions.

Pipefitters, Steamfitters, and HVACR Technicians work in all aspects of the heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, and temperature control fields.  We are employed at oil refineries, chemical plants, food processing facilities, manufacturing plants, retail and wholesale food stores, and ice rinks.
We also have maintenance pipefitters working at the University of Minnesota, Saint Paul School District, Metropolitan Council, Imation, Saint Paul Government Center, and Energy Park.
We have pipefitters installing and maintaining refrigeration trucks, trailers, and buses at Thermo King Sales and Service.

Steamfitters Pipefitters have jurisdiction in the following counties:

Ramsey

Nicollet

Nobles

Dakota

LeSueur

Jackson

Washington

Brown

Martin

Chisago

Murray

Lyon

Portions of Goodhue

Cottonwood

Lincoln

Renville

Watonwan

Pipestone

Blue Earth

Redwood

Rock

 

Sibley

 

Applicants must be high school graduates or the equivalent and should enjoy working in a demanding trade that requires both mental alertness and physical stamina.  Pipefitters do a lot of heavy lifting and are required to work both indoors and outside, often times in confined spaces.

A career as a Pipefitter/Steamfitter begins with training in a pre-apprentice program.  Pipefitting is a full-time (40 credits), day-school program for two semesters starting fall and continuing through spring semester at Saint Paul College—A Community & Technical College located near downtown Saint Paul at 235 Marshall Avenue in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  All tuition, books, and fees are the responsibility of the student for the duration of the program.  Tuition is regulated by and paid to Saint Paul College.  The current tuition rate is approximately $173.27-$273.27 per credit. 

In order to be considered for the Pipefitting (pre-apprentice) program, applicants must take the Accuplacer assessment used at Saint Paul College to assess skills in reading, math, and spatial (mechanical) aptitude.  ACCUPLACER Assessments are available on a walk-in basis in the Assessment Center during the hours listed. No appointment is necessary. It takes approximately 2 to 3 hours to complete these un-timed assessments.
Assessments are NOT available during holidays nor when the College is closed.


ACCUPLACER Assessment 

Monday-Thursday

9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Friday

9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Saturday

Closed

All hours are subject to change.  Check www.saintpaul.edu/assessment for most current information.
The Assessment Center will be closed on the following days and holidays:
New Year’s Day, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday following, Christmas Day.

For more information on the assessment process, you may visit the College’s website at www.saintpaul.edu/admissions /assessment.  Applicants with qualifying scores will be referred to the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC). 

The assessment and application must be completed by April 20, 2018, for consideration for the upcoming fall semester.  The JATC will select the students by an interview process.  Qualified applicants will receive a letter from the JATC with times and dates to schedule interviews.  Students accepted to the Pipefitting program will be notified by the College and scheduled for a College orientation. 

Students successfully completing the Pipefitting program will achieve their apprentice status and will be on a six-month probation period.  After this probation, he will proceed to the five-year, apprenticeship program.  Wages start at 50% of Journeyman rates with 100% of the non-taxable benefit package.  (The current Journeyman wage is approximately $44 per hour with a fringe benefit package equal to about $25 per hour.) Wages increase by 10% as the student successfully completes each year of the apprenticeship

Applicants may be considered for direct entry into the Apprenticeship Program with qualifying education and experience in HVAC-R, welding, or pipefitting-related field.  You may contact the JATC office for more information.
The five-year Apprenticeship Program consists of two nights a week during the regular school year, from late August to mid-May.  Apprentices are responsible for paying their own tuition (approximately $740/semester).  Minimum GPA and attendance requirements must be met for completion of each year of the Apprenticeship Program. 

The Apprenticeship Program consists of aggressive training in a wide variety of areas necessary to become a successful Journeyman Pipefitter.  Building Trades training involves welding, blueprint reading, OSHA training, rigging, industrial refrigeration, high and low pressure steam, hot water heating, and basic electricity to name a few.  The Service training includes extensive electrical training, refrigeration, OSHA, computer, digital controls, and a variety of boiler training among many others. 

The first four years of the Apprenticeship Program are a combination of information and hands-on training to prepare for the fifth and final year of the program.  The fifth year of the program is preparation and testing for city and state licenses required to perform the work of a Pipefitter in this area.  Upon successful completion of the five-year, apprenticeship program, Journeyman status is achieved. 

For more information, please call the St. Paul Pipefitters Joint Apprenticeship Training office at 651‑455-JATC (5282). 
Check out our website at www.local455jatc.com.

 

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