Program Code 50-427-9
Plumbers possess the skills and knowledge to plan, install and service plumbing systems, which can include those connected to washers, bathtubs, sinks, toilets, and heating and cooling systems. Receive high-quality, hands-on classroom instruction that complements on-the-job apprenticeship training critical for success in the industrial trades.
How Long It Will Take
Apprenticeship students can complete this program in five years.
You can begin your apprenticeship as soon as you and your employer have submitted a signed apprenticeship agreement to the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards. Related Instruction at WCTC will begin the following fall semester.
How This Program Is Offered
WCTC provides related apprenticeship instruction. On-campus class times may vary.
What Makes This Program Unique
- Earn while you learn. Upon completion, apprentices have little to no educational debt and have been working their employer for multiple years.
- Jobs are available now. In the next few years, the construction industry will need as many as two million new craft professionals to fill the jobs available.
- Upon completion of your apprenticeship, you'll receive a nationally-recognized completion certification.
For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page.
You may have the opportunity to obtain credit for the college-level skills and knowledge you've already acquired. Learn more about credit for prior learning.
How To Start
- While WCTC provides related apprenticeship instruction, the student does not need to apply to the college.
- Contact Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin, 5330 Wall Street, Madison, WI 53718.
- Complete and submit the ABC application packet, which will include qualifying test information.
- After application approval, ABC will provide a list of potential employers will be provided.
- Obtain employment for apprenticeship training; this is the responsibility of the individual seeking an apprenticeship.
- The State of Wisconsin oversees the apprenticeship system.
Financial Aid Eligibility
This apprenticeship does not qualify for financial aid. To qualify for most federal financial aid, a student must be enrolled in a technical diploma or associate degree program.
Questions? Contact your program advisor.
The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive.
Learn more about tuition and fees.
$45,000 – $90,000 annually
Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.
Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.
If you are a good problem solver, strong communicator and are dedicated to getting the job done, a career in the plumbing industry may be right for you. Plumbers are tasked with installing, repairing and maintaining water pipes, and they have a thorough understanding of building codes, knowledge of blueprint reading and insight into water conservation techniques.
- Master Plumber
Whether you're a high school student interested in earning college credits or a college student interested in transferring to a four-year university after graduation, our dual-enrollment and transfer-credit agreements will help you take the next step in your education and career.
High School Dual Credits
Dual enrollment offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to get a head start in high-demand fields through earning college credits. Learn about the credit options.
Transfer Opportunities After WCTC
WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.
- Contact the school to which you'd like to transfer to make sure you understand its transfer policy.
- Talk to your WCTC program advisor about your intent to transfer so he/she can help you plan.
- If you're transferring within the University of Wisconsin (UW) System, contact your desired institution about its transfer policy and visit the UW System's transfer resource page.