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Pipefitting Apprentice

Pipefitting Apprentice


Program Description

A pipefitter will lay out, cut and bend pipes. The pipefitter also installs, tests, maintains and repairs high- or low-pressure piping systems. The person must know how to cut, heat and bend metal. Pipefitters need a thorough knowledge of pipe characteristics, particularly as to their use with high or low pressure and chemicals. Pipefitters must know the principles of hydraulics and be skilled with many types of equipment. 

Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction.

  • An apprentice enters a contract to learn a skilled craft or trade in exchange for paid services to an employer in the field.
  • The apprentice works with a journeyman (skilled craftsman) for two to five years depending on the trade where the skilled craftsman passes on knowledge to the apprentice.
  • Each apprentice is required to take designated related instruction throughout their apprenticeship. Instruction is usually provided through the technical college. Typically, apprentices attend day school for eight hours every other week (72-hours per semester) and receive a normal hourly salary while attending class during the day.
  • Many apprenticeship trades also require night school.
  • Apprenticeships are a partnership between the employer who offers on-the-job training, the apprentice who agrees to work for the employer, the technical college or training group, and the State of Wisconsin, Department of Workforce Development, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Standards.


  • Complete Nicolet College application.
  • Submit official copies of high school transcripts or GED/HSED and college transcripts to the admissions office.
  • Must have an apprenticeship contract from the Department of Workforce Development, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Standards.

The Department of Workforce Development - Bureau of Apprenticeship and Standards (BAS) governs apprenticeship programs, deriving its authority from Chapter 106 of the Wisconsin Statutes. This law determines all requirements of students, employers, and apprenticeship training programs. Registration assures that the employer has a qualified employee and that the apprentice receives a thorough grounding in the knowledge and skills required in his/her selected field. BAS’s supervision assures that training meets the standards of the trade.

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