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Trade School Facts
The U.A. Mechanical Trade School is 60,000 square foot facility located on a 9 acre site. Currently there are over 250 Apprentices attending classes that range from Safety and Math to Computer Aided Drafting. These classes are staffed by 30 highly qualified Instructors who ensure that the program delivers the finest level of training.

Trade School Address & Phone Number
Washington DC Plumbers & Gasfitters Local 5 JATC
5000 Forbes Boulevard
Lanham, MD 20706
Phone:  (301) 552-3505
Fax:  (301) 552-2805

The training provided at the Plumber's Local #5 Apprenticeship School is recognized throughout the United States and Canada. The U.A. (United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters of the United States and Canada) provides training material and class outlines to all affiliated Apprentice Training Programs.

Once Apprentices graduate from the Program, they are able to work as Plumbers in other areas of the country when employment opportunities present themselves, or they can relocate entirely should the need arise.

Apprentices receive required certification classes and obtain Journeypersons Licenses.

  • Medical Gas Certification
  • Cross Connection and Backflow Prevention
  • CFC Certification
  • Welding Certification
  • OSHA/Safety Certifications
  • Journeyworker Plumbing License
  • Journeyworker Gasfitter License
  • Diversity Awareness
  • CPR/First Aid
  • 32 College Credits

Plumber Apprentices assist experienced Plumber Journeypersons in the installation and servicing of plumbing systems. The Apprentices are paid for this full- time employment. Their hands-on training, along with related class instruction provide apprentices with all the experience and training for a lifelong career in the plumbing industry.

Ladder of Success

Each year an Apprentice works and attends related training classes increases the value of the apprentice to the employer. The pay structure is based on the Journeypersons hourly wage with increases of 5% every six months completed until year five.

  • 1st year 1st six months - 40% rate - $15.57 an hour or $31,140.00 a year
  • 1st year 2nd six months - 45% rate - $17.51 an hour or $35,020.00 a year
  • 2nd year 1st six months - 50% rate - $19.46 an hour or $38,920.00 a year
  • 2nd year 2nd six months - 55% rate - $21.41 an hour or $42,820.00 a year
  • 3rd year 1st six months - 60% rate- $23.25 an hour or $46,500.00 a year
  • 3rd year 2nd six months - 65% rate- $25.30 an hour or $50,600.00 a year
  • 4th year 1st six months - 70% rate - $27.24 an hour or $54,480.00 a year
  • 4th year 2nd six months - 75% rate - $29.19 an hour or $58,380.00 a year
  • 5th year 80% rate - $31.14 an hour or $62,280.00 a year

The current rate for licensed Journeypersons as of August 1st, 2014 is $38.92 an hour or $77,840.00 a year in your pocket. This does not include the fringe benefit package which raises the total wage of a licensed journeyperson plumber to $55.58 an hour or $111,160.00. The annual wages are based on a 2,000 hour year. In addition to these wages the Apprentice receives benefits including Medical Coverage and Pension Plan. By providing a structured wage progression the apprentice is able to plan out their future and receive the benefits of hard work and determination.

Selection of the Best
There is no shortage of candidates for the Apprentice Program. Each year a limited number of applicants are accepted. This ensures those applicants have a good opportunity to remain employed throughout their Apprenticeship and that all Apprentices receive consistent quality of training. Qualified applicants are selected into the apprenticeship program based on three factors: test scores, personal experience form (PEF) scores, and letter of recommendation. A rank order list is then prepared based on the total number of points, and admitted into the program based on the rank list.  If selected for Apprenticeship, final acceptance will be contingent on ability to pass drug and background screening.

The Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship Fund admits students of any race, sex, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. They do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national or ethnic origin to administration of the educational and admissions policies and programs and other apprenticeship school administered programs.

Application for Apprenticeship

The Washington, D.C. Joint Plumbing Apprenticeship Committee (JATC) will accept applications for the Apprentice Program January 6, 2015, April 7, 2015 and July 7 2015, between the hours of 7:00 am and 12:00 noon.

Applications must be made in person at:

Washington DC Plumbers & Gasfitters Local 5 JATC
5000 Forbes Boulevard
Lanham, MD 20706
Phone:  (301) 552-3505
Fax:  (301) 552-2805


  • Minimum age of 18 at the time of application
  • High School Diploma or GED

The following documentation must be presented at time of application:

  • Birth Certificate or Passport
  • Valid Driver's License or Valid State issued identification card
  • High School Diploma or GED Certificate
  • Transcript of Grades (sealed school envelope or raised school seal) or GED Test Scores
  • If you have a transcript from another country, you must have your Embassy verify in writing that it is equivalent to U.S. High School standards.

Upon completion of your application, you will be eligible to take an aptitude test the same day.

If you would like to purchase a study guide you may do so by sending a $15.00 money order to:

GAN Human Resources Associates Inc.
P.O. Box 6111
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

*You must have all of the required documents with you at time of application along with your $50.00 non-refundable application fee, which is payable by cash or money order only.

(301) 552-3505
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Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship Fund

Notice of Exemption from Reporting and Disclosure Requirements for Apprenticeship and Training Programs, pursuant to 29 C.F.R. 2520.104-22 for
Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship Fund

Name of Plan: Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship Fund

Employer Identification Number (EIN) of the plan sponsor: 53 ˗ 0238659

Plan Administrator

Name:  Board of Trustees - Plumbers and Pipefitters  Apprenticeship Fund

Address:  5891 Allentown Road Camp Springs, MD 20746

Telephone: (301) 899-7861

Where to obtain information about the apprenticeship program: Interested individuals can obtain (i) a description of any existing or anticipated future course of study sponsored or established by the Plan, including prerequisites for enrolling in such course, and (ii) a description of the procedure by which to enroll in such course, by contacting the following:

Washington DC Plumbers & Gasfitters Local 5 JATC
5000 Forbes Boulevard
Lanham, MD 20706
Phone:  (301) 552-3505
Fax:  (301) 552-2805

Apprenticeship News

2015 Apprenticeship Recruitment - July 7, 2015
[6/1/2015] - Applications will NOT be accepted again in 2015.  Click on the headline to learn more about how you can apply to join Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 5. link

Current Apprenticeship Flyer

Congratulations, Graduates!!!!
[6/6/2014] - We send our congratulations to our 2014 Graduates!  more

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