Plumber: St. Cloud

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

Job description

plumberPlumbers and Pipefitters are craftsmen who install pipe systems that carry water, steam air or other liquids or gases needed for sanitation, industrial production or other uses. They also alter and repair existing pipe systems and install plumbing fixtures, appliances and heating and refrigeration units. Although plumbing and pipefitting are sometimes considered to be a single trade, there is a distinction.

Plumbers install pipes for water, gas sewage and drainage systems, especially those connected to public utility systems. They also install sanitary facilities such as lavatories, toilets, bathtubs, bathroom fixtures, showers, kitchen fixtures, drinking fountains, and laundry equipment.

Pipefitters are craftsmen who assemble, install and maintain pipes to carry water, steam, compressed air, gases and fluids needed for processing, manufacturing, heating, cooling or refrigeration, especially those in industrial and commercial buildings.

Apprenticeship program

Program involves 8,780 hours/5 years of on-the-job training, with 200 or more hours per year of related instruction, offered 2 nights each week.

Application are available the first 2 weeks in March, M - F, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm.   Applications are available for the St Cloud program at:

Minneapolis Plumbers JAC
818 Dunwoody Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN  55403

Contact Person
Jack Hettwer
Phone (612) 374-5262
Fax (612) 374-1100

St Cloud apprentices work in that jurisdiction.


  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • Must complete an apptitude test 
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED and furnish transcripts at time of application.
  • Must be physically capable of performing tasks of the trade.
  • Pre-employment drug test may be required.

Selection procedures

Applicants must take an apptitude test and must attend an oral interview administered by the Joint Apprenticeship Committee.

They will then be ranked on an individual basis, based on their scores.  The scores will then determine their rank on a list of eligible apprentices. Entrance into the program is also based on the availability of jobs at the time.

More Information

Tools Needed

Tools are provided by the employers.

Transportation Requirements

Must have own transportation to and from the job site. Job sites are scattered around and outside the St. Cloud area.


40 per week.


Wages are a percentage of journey-level wages and increase 10% each year.

Union Dues

There are initiation fees due after six months as an indentured apprentice. There are also monthly dues, which are based on a percentage of the wage an apprentice is earning.

Contact Us

Plumbers Local 15 
1903 - 4th Street North
St. Cloud, MN 56303

Business Manager
Rick Eilers

Apprenticeship Coordinator
Jack Hettwer
(612) 374-5262