Maine Plumbing Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship Application Information


Please click the following link to register on this site and send us an Orientation Invite Request Form.  
The mandatory Orientations for those interested in applying, are held several times a year are for informational purposes.  Once we receive your request we will send out an invitation to you for the next Orientation meeting. At these meeting you will have an opportunity to hear about our program and all of the requirements.  In addition, all of the required paperwork will be available as well as someone to assist you with any questions you might have.  


Age: 18 years minimum.

Education: High school graduate, G.E.D Certificate or equivalent.


Objective: The Plumber or Pipefitter Apprenticeship Program is a five-year (5) training program. Apprentices earn while they learn, working on the job with journeymen. In addition, they attend classes of related technical instruction. The objective of the instruction, along with on the job experience, is to train turn out skilled journeymen.

Wages: Apprentices earn a percentage of an established journeyman wage rate, by classification. All wage rates are competitive with the prevailing rates for the area. All wage rates and conditions are subject to change without notice as per the collective bargaining agreement. Wage advances are possible once a year in the apprenticeship term. The advancements are set by the local Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (J.A.T.C.) that is established in order to supervise the apprentices training, providing however, that the advancement requirements are met.

Hours of work: 7:00 am. To 3:30 p.m. with a 1/2 hour for lunch, or as otherwise modified by either the Collective Bargaining Agreement or Project Labor Agreement. The work week is forty (40) hours, or as otherwise modified by union agreement.

Classes: All apprentices are required to attend classes of related technical instruction and manipulative instruction. Apprentices will attend classes for five (5) years. Classes are conducted on Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Transportation: Apprentices are required to furnish their own transportation.

Availability of work: The volume of new construction varies according to economic conditions in the area and the weather.

Continuity of work: Steady employment is the exception, not the rule in construction.

Working conditions: The work can be uncomfortable during hot, cold or wet weather.

Fringe benefits: Health and Dental benefits, a prescription drug card, as well as a pension and annuity are available once eligibility is established.

Union affiliation: Apprentices are obligated to make application to the union at the start of their apprenticeship and must maintain their availability for employment referral.

Completion certificates: When the apprenticeship is completed, apprentices obtain journeyman status in the union and are awarded completion certificates from the State of Maine Dept of Labor, as well as 32 credits to accredited colleges.

Special circumstances: (a) All employees will be required to fill out an I-9 immigration form; (b) Employees on most construction projects may be subject to random drug screening.

Pool of Applicants: Applications are active for one year from date of application.


The apprenticeship training standards are drawn up by the Plumbers and Pipefitters Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee and are approved by and registered with the State of Maine Department of Labor.


  1. All people who would like to apply must attend an orientation first.
  2. All applicants must have a valid driver's license at the time of acceptance into the apprenticeship program with dependable transportation.

  3. All applicants must be physically able to perform the duties of the trade.

  4. All applicants must provide a high school diploma or G.E.D. (General Education Development), as well as high school transcripts.

  5. All applicants must be able to read, write and converse in English.

  6. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.

  7. Applicants are required to take a drug test with in 30 days of being interview (to request DRUG TEST call 1-800-439-1454 ask for Paula) and a physical (your physical should be performed by th doctor of your choice and a copy of the results sent to us).

  8. Each applicant has the responsibility to keep the J.A.T.C. informed of address or telephone change.

  9. All Applicants who are discharged from the military must provide a DD-214.

  10. Applicants are required to provide two (2) character reference letters from persons not related to them.

All applications will be processed regardless of sex, race, color, creed, national origin. No applications will be considered complete unless all requirements have been satisfied.  No interviews will be granted until all requirements are met.

WOMEN AND MINORITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY."All applications will be processed regardless of sex, race, color, creed or national origin."


Local 716 Apprenticeship Director is Jennifer McKenna, office # 512-4584.