Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 501 U.A. Northern Il Education Fund
1295 Butterfield Road
Aurora, IL 60504
Phone (630) 692-7316
Plumbers and Pipefitters plan, ready, install , and maintain water supplies, sewers, drains, and water and vent piping. Additionally, they work with HVAC repair and water cooling systems. NOTE: Plumbing apprentices and journeyman must be licensed by the State of Illinois.
- Must reside in DeKalb, DuPage, Kendall, or Kane Counties.
- Must be at least 18 years old.
- Must have a high school diploma, or GED certificate.
- Must have a birth certificate.
- Must have a valid drivers license and reliable transportation.
- Must pass a drug test.
- Must pass a physical exam.
- Must take an oral interview.
- Must show a copy of a D D -214, if applicable.
How to Apply
- Complete the application form and return it to an AIC representative in an IDES office nearest you. The AIC maintains a mailing list and will notify you when applications are available. When you apply you will need to fill out their application. Call before going to pick up an application.
- Applications available once every two years.
- Complete application at the office and submit all required materials within 30 days.
- Applicants meeting the requirements will be given a general aptitude test.
- Based on the results of the aptitude test and oral interview, applicants are ranked.
- Applicants are drawn from the highest rank to the lowest.
- Accepted applicants must take and pass a drug test and physical exam.
- Must be able to lift heavy objects.
- Must have excellent work habits and be willing to learn.
- Must be able to work at high levels from scaffolds and ladders.
- Must possess a good attitude.
Recommended Preparatory Classes
- Mathematics, geometry, mechanical drawing/drafting, science, computer, and shop classes.
(Helpful but not necessary for acceptance.)
- Previous experience working with a plumbing contractor or supply company is beneficial.
- Plumbers and Pipefitters work in all types of weather conditions, both indoors and out.
Length of Apprenticeship
Five (5) years - Minimum of 1,185 hours of classroom instruction.
- Apprentices must attend a mandatory orientation session.
- Apprentices attend school two nights per week during the five years of the program. School is held for three hours a night, September-May.
- Apprentices work on-the-job five days a week.
- 1st year apprentices are on probationary status.
- 1st 6 months 35% of journeyman's wage
- 2nd 6 months 40% of journeyman's wage
- 2nd year 50% of journeyman's wage
- 3rd year 60% of journeyman's wage
- 4th year 70% of journeyman's wage
- 5th year 85% of journeyman's wage
- Journeyman level 100% of journeyman's wage $31.00
- Health & Welfare, Pension, Vacation