We Build Professional Plumbers

Plumbers are skilled tradespeople who need to be able to read blueprints and understand building codes and safety regulations. They work with a variety of materials, including copper, plastic, and steel pipes. Union plumbers install and repair water supply lines, waste disposal systems, gas lines, and heating systems. They may also work on large-scale projects such as installing fire sprinkler systems, hydronic heating systems, and HVAC systems.

To become a plumber, individuals must complete an apprenticeship program. Apprentices learn the skills necessary to install and maintain plumbing systems while working alongside experienced plumbers. During the apprenticeship, they learn how to read blueprints, use plumbing tools and equipment, and install and maintain plumbing systems. They also learn about safety regulations, building codes, and local plumbing codes. The apprenticeship program typically takes five years to complete, and apprentices must also pass a licensing exam before becoming a journeyman plumber.

Being a union plumber is a challenging but rewarding career. Union plumbers can expect job security, competitive wages, and the satisfaction of knowing that their work is essential to the functioning of society. They can also take pride in knowing that they are part of a proud tradition of skilled tradespeople who have helped to build and maintain our communities. 

How can I Prepare?

To be accepted into a plumber's apprenticeship program, applicants should possess strong math and problem-solving skills, as well as high mechanical aptitude and manual dexterity. Plumbers must also be physically fit to perform the duties of the trade, and they need to be comfortable working in tight spaces. Additionally, having a fundamental understanding of physics and algebra is recommended, as are strong written and verbal communication skills.  Participating in a high school building trades program can be a helpful way to gain hands-on experience and familiarity with the tools and materials used in the plumbing trade. It can also provide an opportunity to develop teamwork and problem-solving skills, which are valuable in the construction industry.













Apprenticeship Length

5 Years

Ivy Tech Degree

Associate of Applied Science from Ivy Tech Community College issued upon successful completion of apprenticeship program

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Plumbers Local 210 Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
2901 E. 83rd Place
Merrillville, IN 46410
Phone: 219-942-7224

Application Period
Applications are accepted once a year for three weeks during January.

Application Fee


We Build Quality

“The quality craftsmanship of the journey-level plumbers that I have worked with is second to none.  Both in the classroom and on-the-job, I’m being trained by the most highly skilled professionals in the industry.  I feel fortunate for the opportunity to earn a paycheck for doing work I truly enjoy.”

Kyle Feledy, Crown Point, IN ~ Local 210 Plumber Apprentice


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