Pipefitter: Duluth, Virginia and Northwestern Minnesota

Other locations:
St. Paul

Job description

pipefitterThis job involves troubleshooting, diagnosing, repair, installation, servicing and maintenance of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment and systems found in commercial buildings, hospitals, and supermarkets, industrial and manufacturing plants. This job requires climbing, bending, stooping, crawling, kneeling, lifting and working in extreme temperature ranges. You may be required to work in high or enclosed spaces, and outside in various weather conditions.

Service technicians drive a company-supplied vehicle, use tools that are provided by the contractor and may be required to be on call for after work hours and weekend service calls. This job requires good communication skills, a neat appearance and a clean driving record. Service technicians must have a good understanding of electricity, science, refrigeration, heat transfer, and temperature control. Service applicants must successfully complete a 2-year day school course in residential and commercial HVAC/R service prior to applying for the service apprenticeship program. Service apprentices are granted one year of credit towards the 5-year program for the completion of the 2 years of HVAC technical college.

Apprenticeship program

Apprenticeship Applications are accepted year-round, but interviews are given on an industry need basis.

Applications are accepted at the employment agencies and at the apprenticeship office. The apprenticeship training department will administer the required testing.

The program includes 10,000 hours/5 years of on-the-job training and related-instruction taking place 2 nights each week for the Duluth and Iron Range areas between the months of September and May of each year. The program includes 10,000 hours/5 years of on-the-job training and daytime related-instruciton taking place every other Friday and Saturday for 8 hours between the months of September and May of each year.


  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) and furnish transcripts
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be physically able to perform the work of the trades

Selection procedures

All applicants must take and pass the Wonderlic basic skills and personnel test in order to be interviewed by the Joint Apprenticeship Committee.

Those who score well enough will be interviewed and graded by the Joint Apprenticeship Committee. They will receive a composite score consisting of their test score, interview, past experience, etc.

Applicants will then be placed on a list of eligibles in a descending order, according to their composite score.

More Information

Tools Needed

Employers will furnish the necessary tools.

Transportation Requirements

Workers need to provide their own transportation. The job sites are scattered.


Eight hour days, anywhere between 7:00 AM and 5:30 PM. Once in a while, workers will be required to work in the evenings.


Apprentice wage starts at 36% (in Local 11-Duluth) or 40% (in Local 11-Detroit Lakes and in Local 589) of the wage earned by a Journeyworker, with a 5% raise every 6 months thereafter based on performance, attendance, and reviews.

Union Dues

Membership dues are $29 for apprentices in Local 11-Duluth and a percentage of the joyrney level dues in Local 11-Detroit Lakes and in Local 589.

Contact Us

Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 589
107 - 15th Avenue South
Virginia, MN 55741
(218) 741-2482

Business Manager

John Grahek

Duluth & Iron Range Pipe Trades JAC
4402 Airport Blvd.
Duluth, MN 55811
(218) 733-9443

Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 11 - Detroit Lakes (Zone 2)
PO Box 14
15600 Hellie's Ridge Ln.
Detroit Lakes, MN 56502

Business Manager

Jeff Daveau

Apprenticeship Director
John Pezze JAC
4402 Airport Blvd.
Duluth, MN 55811
(218) 733-9443