Apprenticeship Qualifications

The Northwest Ohio Piping Industry invests significant time and resources into each and every one of our apprentices throughout a five-year training period and subsequent career.

Because of this, we strive to ensure every individual that enters into our apprenticeship program displays the qualities necessary to truly thrive in this industry. Through cooperation with education and guidance departments in the region, we are looking for qualified applicants who follow the "straight A's:"

Academics - A high school diploma or GED certificate is required to apply for apprenticeship training. But, more importantly, applicants should display a desire to truly learn all the complex pieces and parts which make up the plumbing, pipefitting and/or HVAC industries. 

Aptitude - An innate capacity to understand concepts in both math (algebra, geometry, trigonometry) and science (chemistry, physics), as well as working well with one's hands, are characteristics that will greatly benefit apprentices throughout their training and working career. In an industry requiring a lot of drafting, blueprint reading and mechanical drawing, and welding, being precise in practice and application is of the utmost importance. 

Attendance - Regular attendance for both classroom training and on-the-job experience is mandatory in the Piping Industry. Every day brings a new opportunity to learn not only industry practices, but also safety precautions that will help protect apprentices throughout the training period and their careers. We want candidates to recognize all the opportunities our industry provides in the form of a rewarding career with job security. They need show up every day to reap these benefits in both the short and long term. 

Attitude - The apprenticeship program of the Piping Industry includes complex topics and practices that take time and energy to learn and do correctly. We are looking for candidates who recognize this fact by their everyday demeanor as they interact with fellow apprentices, instructors and journeyman mentors. Candidates will not succeed in either the training program or a career with the Piping Industry if they display a constant negative attitude with no desire to adapt to changing situations. 


Additional qualifications:

  1. Must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Must complete and return apprenticeship application within 10 business days with the following documentation:
    • State Birth Certificate for proof of age
    • High School grade transcript or GED certificate and official report of test results
    • Social Security Card
    • Drivers License or Picture I.D.
    • Military transfer or discharge Form DD-214, if applicable
  3. Must appear for Mechanical Aptitude Test when notified. Notification is sent by Certified Mail.
  4. Must appear for interview when notified. Notification is sent by Certified Mail.

Take the first step in starting an exciting career with the Piping Industry by visiting our Apprentice Recruitment page.