Plumbing Apprenticeship


Plumbers install, maintain, and repair many different types of pipe systems. Some of these systems carry water, dispose of waste, supply gas to ovens, or heat and cool buildings. Other systems, such as those in power plants, carry the steam that powers huge turbines.
Pipes also are used in manufacturing plants to move acids, gases, and waste by-products through the production process. Master plumbers on construction jobs may be involved with developing blueprints that show where all the pipes and fixtures will go. Their input helps ensure that a structure’s plumbing meets building codes, stays within budget, and works well with the location of other features, such as electrical wires.

Plumbers install and repair water, drainage, and gas pipes in homes, businesses, and factories. They install and repair large water lines, such as those that supply water to buildings, and smaller ones, including ones that supply water to refrigerators. Plumbers also install plumbing fixtures—bathtubs, showers, sinks, and toilets—and appliances such as dishwashers, garbage disposals, and water heaters.

The MTECH Plumbing Apprenticeship Program prepares students to become certified Journeyman Plumbers. The State of Utah requires plumbing apprentices to have 576 school hours and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training to sit for the state journeyman exam. This is a 720-hour accredited course of study that prepares students for the rigors of state testing and fulfills the State’s educational requirement. It is designed to complement the on-the-job training apprentices receive through their employer, as they work alongside experienced plumbers in the field.

MTECH does not provide on-the-job training, nor act as a sponsor for apprentices. Individuals are responsible for finding their own employment. All plumbers must register with the Utah State Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL). For questions about registering as an apprentice or other state requirements contact DOPL at (801) 530- 6628.

Students participating in our traditional evening classes will complete school in four years and will attend class twice a week during Fall and Spring semesters. Starting in Fall 2021 the MTECH Plumbing Apprenticeship Program will offer daytime accelerated classes. One semester in the daytime program is the equivalent of two semesters in the evening program (Fall =1A/1B, Spring = 2A/2B) Daytime classes only cover first and second year curriculum. 

High School seniors may enroll in evening or daytime classes. 

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Renee Kalaniuvalu

Apprenticeship Coordinator

  • Plumbing Apprenticeship
  • Program Hours: 720 hours

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Cliff Carron-Campbell

Program Director

  • Plumbing Apprenticeship
  • Program Hours: 720 hours

Certificates and Licensures

  1. MTECH Plumbing Apprenticeship Program Certificate.
  2. Utah Division of Professional Licensing (DOPL) Journeyman Plumbing Licensure.
  3. United States Department of Labor Apprenticeship USA Federal Work Credential (Optional -students must register with DOL to receive this credential).
  4. Utah Division of Professional Licensing (DOPL) Residential Plumbing Licensure.

Program Snapshot

  Registration Eligibility: Adults and high school seniors only.

Registration Availability: Registration for the 2021-2022 school year opens July 15, 2021 at 8:00 am online on the MTECH Registration Portal and remains open until classes are full. It is recommended to create your MTECH Student Portal account in advance.  

  Program Length: 720 Hours.

  Times: Evenings. See schedule details below.

  Locations: Lehi, Orem, Spanish Fork, and UVU Wasatch campuses. Daytime accelerated classes are held at Orem and Wasatch UVU campuses.

  Financial Aid Eligible: This program is not eligible for Financial Aid and Veterans Assistance.

  Articulation Agreements: MTECH has an articulation agreement with Salt Lake Community College. Please contact their apprenticeship department at (801) 957-4066 for more details.

Please contact Renee Kalaniuvalu at rkalaniuvalu@mtec.edu with any questions about the Plumbing Apprenticeship program.

Prerequisites

  High School Seniors: Students should coordinate with home high school counselors prior to registration.

  Entrance Assessment: Students must take the MTECH Entrance Assessment. The Entrance Assessment is free and takes about an hour to complete. To learn more visit mtec.edu/testing.  

  New Student Orientation: Students must complete the brief New Student Orientation on first day of class.  To learn more visit mtec.edu/nso.

 MTECH admission requires taking an entrance exam in the testing center or bringing alternative documentation of prior work to the testing center for approval.

Students must work at least part-time for a plumbing company, and be supervised by a Master or Journeyman Plumber. However, first year unemployed students may register for evening courses if there is space available two business days prior to the start of a semester.

 All employed students must register with the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.

  All employed high school students must also register with the United States Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship.

Students must complete the previous Plumbing course with a 75% or higher to advance to the next course.

Schedule

* Note: Please note our new daytime plumbing classes *

FALL 2021
SECTION LOCATION ROOM Start Date End Date Start Time End Time Days
Fall 2021 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A     8/18/2021 12/6/2021 6:00 PM 9:00 PM M, W
Fall 2021 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A     8/17/2021 12/2/2021 6:00 PM 9:00 PM T, TH
Fall 2021 1A & 2A Orem South   10/4/2021 1/31/2022 7:30 AM

10:30 AM

M-TH
Fall 2021 1A & 2A Orem South   10/4/2021 1/31/2022 11:30 AM

2:30 PM

M-TH
Fall 2021 1A & 2A Wasatch UVU   10/4/2021 1/31/2022 7:30 AM 10:30 AM M-TH
Fall 2021 1A & 2A Wasatch UVU   10/4/2021 1/31/2022 11:30 AM 2:30 PM M-TH
SPRING 2022
SECTION LOCATION ROOM Start Date End Date Start Time End Time Days
Spring 2022 1A & 2A Orem South   2/7/2022 5/25/2022 7:30 AM

10:30 AM

M-TH
Spring 2022 1A & 2A Orem South   2/7/2022 5/25/2022 11:30 AM

2:30 PM

M-TH
Spring 2022 1A & 2A Wasatch UVU   2/7/2022 5/25/2022 7:30 AM 10:30 AM M-TH
Spring 2022 1A & 2A Wasatch UVU   2/7/2022 5/25/2022 11:30 AM 2:30 PM M-TH
Spring 2022 1B, 2B, 3B, 4B     1/10/2022 5/4/2022 6:00 PM 9:00 PM M, W
Spring 2022 1B, 2B, 3B, 4B     1/11/2022 4/26/2022 6:00 PM 9:00 PM T, TH

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