If a desk job
doesn’t appeal to you…..
If you want to have
something to show for the hard work you do….
If you want to
learn the skills that will pay you serious money and benefits…..
you might belong in today’s high tech, high sweat, high reward pipefitting,
welding, heating, air conditioning and refrigeration industry.
What is a
A Steamfitter is a
person who fabricates, installs and services piping systems.
on different types of piping systems – Residential, Commercial and Industrial.
are in your house or apartment. Commercial
systems are heating, air conditioning and refrigeration. Industrial systems are the construction of
piping systems for electrical power generators, wastewater treatment, solid
waste disposal and industrial manufacturing process.
What is the Steamfitter Apprentice Program?
The Apprenticeship program is a
five year training program. Apprentices
are assigned to a union contractor and work on assigned work sites, generally
forty hours per week, depending on the job conditions and the economy.
The apprentice is required to
attend related training classes on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday
evenings from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Additional
classes will be mandatory for first and second year apprentices on Saturdays as
early as September and going through April.
The apprentice is paid for hours
worked on the job site but is not paid for attending related training
classes. Accepted applicants will serve
a one year probation period. The
probationary apprentice who successfully completes the probationary period by
meeting all obligations at assigned employment, in related training class and
to the Local Union, will be initiated into the Local Union.
Our apprentices are required to
follow the UA Standards of Excellence. Our
apprenticeship program has a strict attendance policy. Excessive absences could result in
postponement of both monetary and academic advancement or possible termination
from the program. In order to advance to
the next level of training, the apprentice must successfully complete each
class and maintain acceptable job site performance evaluations.
What Does The Apprentice Program Cost?
Apprentices are not charged
tuition! The Heating, Piping and
Refrigeration Training Fund covers the cost of an education worth over $30,000. All members, through their benefits package,
pay into the Training Fund to help facilitate the continuation of a skilled
The only cost to the apprentice
is the cost of text books, school supplies and certification fees which is
typically less than $400 per year. You
will be required to provide your own reliable transportation to work and
What are the Union Member Fees?
The Union Initiation Fee for
apprentices is $500.00 paid annually in installments of $100.00.
Union dues are to
be paid monthly in full to the Steamfitters Local 602 Union Hall. Please contact the Union Hall for the most
What Are Some of the Benefits?
Medical coverage begins the first
day of the next month after the apprentice accumulates 1,000 hours working
under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Coverage includes the apprentice and dependents as defined in the
plan. Medical, hospital, dental and
prescription benefits are included.
Pension payments are made to the
Heating, Piping and Refrigeration Pension Fund.
There is a five (5) year time period of payments (as defined in the
plan) required to be vested in the pension plan. The pension benefit is dependent upon length
of time of participation and the age of the recipient. The individual that participates in the plan
for the duration of his/her career will receive a reasonable return.
Retirement Savings Fund
Retirement savings payments are
made to the Steamfitters Local 602 Retirement Savings Fund. Employers agree to make contributions to the
Steamfitters Local 602 Retirement Savings Fund for all hours worked by all
employees whose wages are covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement
beginning on the first day of the start of the third year of apprenticeship.
What is Steamfitters Local 602’s Territorial Jurisdiction?
jurisdiction covered by Steamfitters Local 602 includes: the District of Columbia; Counties of
Montgomery, Prince Georges, Charles, St. Mary’s, Calvert and parts of Anne
Arundel and Howard, all in the State of Maryland; and the Counties of
Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, Fauquier, Clarke, King George,
parts of Stafford, Warren, Frederick, Westmoreland and Spotsylvania, and the
Cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax City, Winchester and
Fredericksburg, all in the State of Virginia.
You may be required to travel to and work in any of these jurisdictions
Accepted apprentices, in addition
to the benefits described above have the advantage of Collective Bargaining to
maintain wages, working conditions and continuing education. Union membership offers social activities,
lasting friendships and encourages civic involvement to improve your community
and living environment.
Success in the program depends on
your effort, attitude, dependability and initiative. The trade offers numerous options as you
progress in your career.