Pipefitter: Minneapolis

Other locations:
St. Paul
Duluth, Virginia and Northwestern Minnesota

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

The apprenticeship program is 8,750 hours of on the job training and a minimum of 1,080 hours of related classroom training in a 5-year period. One year of credit will be granted towards the 5 years of apprenticeship for Service Apprentices with a completion certificate from an approved 2-year technical college in Commercial HVACR.

Applications are accepted in January of each year. Please check our website at www.training539.com for more information.

The program is a total of five (5) years. Apprentices shall attend school typically 2 to 3 nights a week from September through April. He/she must pass all courses with a minimum score of seventy percent (70%) to advance the next year in the program. Tuition for school is approximately $540.00 per year plus books.

All jobs or referrals are done through Local 539. If you are an unemployed apprentice, the local union will find you another job.


For Construction and Service applicants:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and have a clean driving record.
  • Must be a high school graduate or possess a State of MN GED certificate; documentation must be furnished at time of application
  • If requested, the applicant shall furnish the committee with a written statement from a medical doctor that he/she has had a physical examination in connection with the application, and is physically fit to perform the work of a pipefitter
  • Service applicants must have completed a 2-year technical college day school course in residential and commercial HVAC/R service.
  • Written notices will be furnished to applicants who are found not to meet the basic requirements.

Selection procedures

All applicants who meet the minimum requirements, complete the application process, and submit the required documentation within the allotted timeframe are invited to an oral interview with the Joint Apprenticeship Committee, where all the applicants are ranked according to an average score from the interview. Applicants are given points for the trade-related experience, post-secondary education, etc.

Applicants will then be placed on a list in order of their ranking and pulled off the list in descending order as the jobs become available.

More Information

Tools Needed

Tools are provided by the contractor.

Transportation Requirements

It is generally expected that each worker will have his/her own car, a valid driver's license and a clean driving record. The contractor provides a service vehicle for apprentices in the service apprenticeship program.


Work weeks are generally forty (40) hours per week: eight (8) hours daily between 7:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.


A first year apprentice starts at 62% of the total wage package paid to journey workers. Apprentices that successfully complete the related classroom training with a minimum score of 70% and work a minimum of 1,750 hours on the job will advance to the next year in apprenticeship program and receive a pay raise.

Minneapolis 2012 Wage Allocation
  Base Wage Total Package
1st Year
2nd Year
3rd Year
4th Year
5th Year

Fringe Benefits include health care, dental and vision for members and their dependents.

Union Dues

After eighteen (18) months, there is an initiation fee of $227.00. Membership dues are $1.01 per hour check-off dues plus $37.00 per month for apprentices and $42.00 per month for journeypersons.

Contact Us

Pipefitters Local 539
312 Central Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-4711
Fax (612) 379-4808

Business Manager
Russ Scherber

Minneapolis Pipefitters JAC Training Center

6200 Lakeland Ave N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428-2937
(763) 533-5514 Fax
(763) 231-0149

Apprenticeship Coordinator
Chad Birk