Members / Apprenticeship

Membership Information

If you are currently working in the Plumbing, Steamfitting, Refrigeration and HVAC industry and are interested in the benefits of joining the United Assocation of Plumbers, Steamfitters, Refrigeration & HVAC Technicians Local Union 398, applications are available at the Union Hall, 8590 Utica Avenue, Suite 200, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730.

For more information and to request an appointment with one of the Business Representatives, please contact the Union Business Office at (909) 945-5557.

Apprenticeship Information

All Apprentices are required to complete hours reports monthly. Reports are due for non-working months as well. Completed reports are to be mailed, faxed, emailed or delivered in person to the Union Office. Please note: We must be able to read your name for the reports to be accepted.

If you have questions, please contact John Sherman at the Union Office.

APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING PROGRAM

POMONA & SAN GABRIEL VALLEYS PLUMBERS AND STEAMFITTERS


APPLCATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (except holidays) FROM 3p.m. until 4:30 p.m.


AT:


Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union 398 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee Office


8590 Utica Avenue, Suite 200
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 945-5557   


 ALL APPLICATIONS WILL BE RECEIVED AND PROCESSED WITHOUT REGARD TO SEX, RACE, COLOR, CREED OR NATIONAL ORIGIN.

Minimum Requirements:
  • All applications must be made in person.
  • All applicants must have a picture I.D. and a valid driver license is required at the time of acceptance into the apprenticeship program.
  • Must be at least 18 years old at time of application. Birth Certificate must be presented at time of application.
  • Must have high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate. (Proof must be presented at time of application.
  • All applicants must be in reasonable good health, with no handicaps or diseases that would impair their ability to perform the work of the trade or that would be a hazard to themselves or a fellow worker.
  • All applicants must be able to read, write, and converse in English.
  • Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States and must have a Social Security Card.
  • Each Applicant has the responsibility to keep the J.A.T.C. notified of address changes.
  • Before applicants chosen for probationary apprenticeship enter actual employment, they may be required to take a physical examination as prescribed by the local J.A.T.C. If required, the cost will be paid by the J.A.T.C.
  • Drug testing may be required.

Qualifications:

Age:  18 years minimum

Education:  High School Graduate, G.E.D. Certificate or equivalent



ABOUT THE PROGRAM:



Objective:  The Plumbers & Steamfitter Apprenticeship Program is a five (5) year training program.  Apprentices earn while they learn, working on the job with journeymen.  In addition, they attend classes of related technical instruction.  The objective of the instruction, along with on the job experience, is to train all-around journeymen.



APPRENTICE APPLICANT INFORMATION



Wages:  Apprentices earn a percentage of an established journeyman wage rate, by classification.  Currently the journeyman wage is $40.63 and the beginning apprentice wage is $18.26.  All wage rates and conditions are subject to change without notice as per the Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Wage advances are possible once a year in the apprenticeship term.  The advancements are set by the local Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (J.A.T.C.) that is locally established in order to supervise the apprentices training, providing however, that the program’s advancement requirements are met.



Hours of Work:  6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with a ½ hours for lunch, or as otherwise modified by union agreement.  The workweek is forty- (40) hours, or as otherwise modified by union agreement.                                                                                                   



Classes:  All apprentices are required to attend classes of related technical instruction and manipulative instruction. Apprentices will attend classes two (2) nights a week for five (5) years.  Classes are conducted during the workweek from 5:45 p.m. with a fifteen (15) minute break.



Transportation: Apprentices are required to furnish their own transportation.



Availability of work:  The volume of new construction varies according to economic conditions in the area and the weather.



Continuity of work:  Steady employment is the exception, not the rule in construction.



Working conditions:  The work can be uncomfortable during hot, cold, or wet weather.



Fringe Benefits:  Health and dental care, pension, vacation/holiday; prescription drug reimbursement and life insurance are provided when eligibility is established.



Union Affiliation:  Apprentices are obligated to make application to the union at the start of their apprenticeship and must maintain their availability for employment referral.  Apprentices serve a probationary period for the first year of their apprenticeship.



Completion Certificates:  When the apprenticeship is completed, apprentices graduate to journeyman status in the union and are awarded completion certificates from the state of California. 



Opportunity:  Depending on the economic situation and work in the construction industry, we will indenture 5-10 apprentices in the next year.



Pool of Applicants:  A pool of eligible applicants will be established and maintained for two (2) years.



Sponsorship:  Applicants may solicit employment with an employer and be sponsored by an employer who must state in a letter that the employer will provide six (6) months employment for the applicant.



Special Circumstances:  a) All employees working on federally funded construction projects will be required to fill out an I-9 immigration form; b) Employees on some construction projects may be subject to random drug screening.



TRAINING STANDARDS:



The Apprenticeship Training Standards are drawn up by the Plumbers & Steamfitters Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee and are approved by and registered with the State of California, Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Apprenticeship Standards.



John Sherman