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Plumber Apprenticeship Program

Area II Plumbers JATC administers the Plumbing program and contracts with Chemeketa to provide courses in this registered apprenticeship program.

How to Apply

Apply during Open Enrollment July 5-20, 2022.

Deadline: 5 pm on July 20, 2022 (Applications not accepted before July 5)

Summer Class Below for Current Apprentices June 21-August 13 (8 Weeks)





Lab &


Final Exam

Sat, Aug 13

Bldg 33, Rm 100


Year 3


Residntl Install

17649 &



10 am - 2 pm

Steve Forbes

Year 4


Code & Test Prep

17651 &



10 am - 2 pm

Steve Forbes

Year 4


Code & Test Prep





10 am - 2 pm

Steve Forbes

*Register for both Lecture & Lab

Classes are not open to the public--only limited to plumbing apprentices. 

  • Application openings

    Applications openings

    • Based on industry need
    • Announced 30 days before applications are accepted at the Area II JATC office

    Sign-up at the Area II Plumbing JATC's website to receive a notice for future openings and more information.

    Area II Plumbers JATC
    2475 Lancaster Dr. NE B-9
    PO Box 7106
    Salem, OR 97303

    Successful applicants are ranked based on points they received with their application and sent to employers in rank order.

    Women, Veterans and minorities are encouraged to apply.

  • Placement Testing

    Chemeketa Placement Testing for Apprenticeship

    1. Submit this online form to determine the test you need:  placement assessment 
    2. Answer all questions, and Chemeketa Placement staff will direct you to the correct placement test. Under the Intent section, select “I am applying for an Apprenticeship...”
    3. You will be notified by Placement staff with further instructions on how to take the placement test. Allow five business days to hear back.
    4. You will take the placement test at home, online and at your convenience.
    5. Once completed, email to request a PDF copy of your results. Allow two business days to receive the results.
    6. Questions or concerns? Contact
  • Job description

    Working conditions

    Plumbing work is done indoors and outdoors:

    • in newly constructed and existing buildings,
    • in all kinds of weather,
    • around noise, dirt and mud,
    • often working in cramped areas and in awkward positions.  

    Plumbers assemble, install and repair according to specifications and plumbing codes.

    • Pipes
    • Fittings
    • Medical gas systems
    • Heating and water fixtures
    • Water and drainage systems
      • Sinks
      • Toilets
      • Bathtubs
      • Water heaters
      • Hot water tanks
      • Garbage disposal units
  • How much can you earn?

    How much can you earn? 

    Average journey-level wage for 2022 is $38.47 per hour. 

    Select the link for the full Area II Plumbers wage scale

    Successful plumber apprentices qualify for state licensure and earn their journey-level card.


  • Qualifications


    • Proof of age--18 years or older
    • High school diploma or GED Certificate
    • Math (Classes qualify with a grade "C" or higher).  Choose one or more of the following - 
      1. High School transcript with one-year Algebra or equivalent 
      2. OR - one post high school algebra course
      3. OR - place into Math 60 or higher on the Chemeketa math placement test

    Note: If you need to take a placement test, see instructions in the Placement Testing section above.

  • Training & degrees


    • This is a four-year program that combines 7,700 hours of on-the-job training with concurrent related-training credit courses.
    • Apprentices earn 13 academic credits per year and attend classes in the fall, winter and spring.
    • Classroom instruction is two evenings per week combined with on-the-job training to provide the most comprehensive course of study for an apprentice in the plumbing trade.

    Additional training & degrees

    Additional Training and Degrees Credits can be applied to a Certificate or AAS degree and can transfer to OIT for a BS degree.

  • Prepare while waiting

    While waiting for an opening, you may compile a portfolio of documentation required for program entry.

    • Diploma or GED certificate
    • Transcripts from high school and college
    • Placement test scores
    • Work experience documented on letterhead with the tasks listed and years of service (construction related)
    • Trades and safety certificates
    • For Veterans, a copy of the DD224 long form
  • Suggested Classes

    Suggested high school and college classes to prepare for your career


    • Blueprint Reading
    • Construction Classes
    • Drafting/CAD
    • Electrical Theory
    • Electronics
    • Residential Wiring
    • Trade Skills Fundamentals
    • Welding


    • Algebra I & II
    • Calculus
    • Geometry
    • Trigonometry


    • CPR/First Aid


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