Plumber: St. Paul

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

Job description

plumberInstallation of a system of pipes and equipment to supply water and other systems of piping and equipment to take care of waste and sewage.

Plumbers handle waste, sewage, and soil pipes; vents and piping for hot and cold water for homes, commercial and industrial purposes. Work includes the assembly of and connecting of fixtures and appliances; the maintenance and repairing of plumbing, etc.



Apprenticeship program

Applicants must have attended the Plumbing Pre-Apprenticeship Program at St. Paul College or its equivalent (subject to committee approval). The cost of this course is approximately $650.

Upon successful completion and passing of the pre-apprenticeship class or equivalent, applicants' names will be given to Plumbers Local 34 for placement into the apprenticeship program.

The apprenticeship program itself currently involves 8,500 hours (5 years) of on-the-job training and a minimum of 198 hours of related-instruction each year.

All apprentices shall be subject to a probationary period of not more than five hundred (500) hours of employment and related training.


  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Must complete drug testing in compliance with Minnesota state law.

Selection procedures

Applicants who have attained a minimum of fifty percentile on each portion of the assessment exam at St. Paul College will be invited to an interview. While the test is administered year-round, interviews generally take place in October. The oral interview score and the test scores will be added together. Applicants will be placed on a list of eligible applicants in descending order of score. This list will determine the placement into the pre-apprenticeship class. The cost of this class is approximately $650.

If you have any questions, please call the Director of Training at (651) 846-1389.

More Information

Tools Needed

Ruler and pliers.

Transportation Requirements

Worker must provide own transportation.


Eight (8) hours daily between 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM.


1st year1,700 hrs + 198 hrs training40%
2nd year3,400 hrs + 198 hrs training50%
3rd year5,100 hrs + 198 hrs training60%
4th year6,800 hrs + 198 hrs training70%
5th year8,500 hrs + 198 hrs training80%

Plus fringe benefits.

Percentage represents the proportion of the prevailing journeyperson's wage rate.

Before each period of advancement, the Joint Apprenticeship Committee shall evaluate the apprentice's progress to determine whether advancement has been earned.

Union Dues

Apprentices pay an initiation fee and a monthly membership fee.

Contact Us

Plumbers Local 34
411 Main Street, Room 215
St. Paul, MN 55102
Phone (651) 224-3828
Fax (651) 224-3820

Business Manager
 Tom McCarthy
St. Paul Plumbers JATC
235 Marshall Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55102

Apprenticeship Coordinator
Rick Gale
(651) 846-1389