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  • HVAC Mechanical Service Pipe Fitter

    HVAC Mechanical Service Pipe Fitter

    Scope of Work:

    Maintain and repair mechanical systems for heating, cooling and refrigeration. Most equipment is located outdoors.

    Areas of Work:

    Residential (Houses), Commercial (Office Buildings, Warehouses, Grocery Stores, Restaurants, Ice Rinks & Hospitals) Industrial (Oil Refineries, Nuclear Plants, Steel Mills & Factories).

    Length of Apprenticeship:

    • Five (5) years – 1100 classroom hours.
    • 1st through 4th Year an Apprentice works for a Union contractor four days per week and attends school one day per week (7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.).
    • 5th Year An Apprentice works for a Union contractor for the full year. All training is “on the job”.

    Basic Requirements:

    1. Applicant must be an American citizen or in the process of naturalization.
    2. Applicant must be at least 17 years of age (Age as shown by a birth certificate).
    3. Applicant must submit a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate.
    4. Applicant must be physically able to perform the duties of the trade.
    5. Applicant must pass a written test and oral interview.
    6. Applicant must pass two drug tests (Hair follicle & urinalysis).
    7. Applicant must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
    8. Work experience in construction or working with mechanical equipment is helpful, but not necessary for acceptance.

    Recommended Preparatory Courses:

    1. General Mathematics
    2. Algebra
    3. Geometry/Trigonometry
    4. Basic Electricity
    5. Basic Refrigeration and Heating
    6. Computer Skills
    7. Communication & Writing Skills

    Wage Information:

    An Apprentice earns a percentage of the Journeyman’s wage.

    Benefits:

    1. Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
    2. Pension
    3. Voluntary 401(K) Plan

    Application Locations:

    Applications are available on the First Wednesday of each month from 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Noon)

    Pipe Fitters’ Training Ctr. L.U. 597
    10850 W. 187th St.
    Mokena, Il. 60448
    Phone: 708.326.9240
    Email: Adam Sutter, asutter@pftf597.org

  • Building Trades Pipe Fitter

    Building Trades Pipe Fitter

    Scope of Work:

    • A Pipe Fitter measures, fabricates, connects, installs and maintains piping for process-piping systems.
    • A Pipe Fitter may work on the following systems; steam, water, air, natural gas, chemical, hydraulic, heating, cooling, etc.

    Areas of Work:

    Industrial, Chemical, Power, Wastewater Treatment, Food Processing, Nuclear Plants, Steel Mills, Oil Refineries, Hospitals, Residential and Commercial Buildings, etc.

    Length of Apprenticeship:

    • Five (5) years – 1100 classroom hours.
    • 1st through 3rd Year An Apprentice works for a Union contractor four days per week and attends school one day per week (7:00a.m.-3:30p.m.).
    • 4th Year An Apprentice works for a Union contractor for the full year. All training is “on the job”.
    • 5th Year An Apprentice works for a Union contractor for the full year. All training is “on the job”.

    Basic Requirements:

    1. Applicant must be an American citizen or in the process of naturalization.
    2. Applicant must be at least 17 years of age (Age as shown by a birth certificate).
    3. Applicant must submit a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate.
    4. Applicant must be physically able to perform the duties of the trade.
    5. Applicant must pass a written test and oral interview.
    6. Applicant must pass two drug tests (Hair follicle & urinalysis).
    7. Applicant must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
    8. Work experience in construction or working with mechanical equipment is helpful, but not necessary for acceptance.

    Recommended Preparatory Courses:

    1. General Mathematics
    2. Algebra
    3. Geometry/Trigonometry
    4. Basic Arc Welding
    5. Shop Classes

    Wage Information:

    An Apprentice earns a percentage of the Journeyman’s wage.

    Benefits:

    1. Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
    2. Pension
    3. Voluntary 401(K) Plan

    Application Locations:

    Applications are available on the First Wednesday of each month from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00p.m. (Noon)

    Pipe Fitters’ Training Ctr. L.U. 597
    10850 W. 187th St.
    Mokena, Il. 60448
    Phone: 708.326.9240
    Email: Adam Sutter asutter@pftf597.org

    Pipe Fitters’ Local Union 597 is an Equal Opportunity Employer

  • Helmets to Hardhats

    Helmets to Hardhats

    “What is Helmets to Hardhats?”

    “Making a successful transition from the military into the civilian workforce can be difficult. Transitioning military veterans face the same challenges as any other job hunter – getting their résumé to the right people, learning how to sell themselves, tracking down promising leads, following-up with employers, headhunters, job placement agencies… etc. Not many people are comfortable with this process and veterans have the added stress of trying to translate the skills they learned in the military into language that civilian employers can understand. The process can feel overwhelming, especially if it seems like meaningful help is unavailable. 

Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) was formed for this reason and is dedicated to helping National Guard, Reserve, retired and transitioning active-duty military members connect to quality career and training opportunities in one of America’s most challenging and rewarding industries – the construction industry.”

    Per the Department of Labor, to “Direct” enter a Union Building Trades Apprenticeship Program, your Military Occupational Specialty Code (MOS) must match the scope of work for the Trade you are seeking to join. If it does not, you must apply via the traditional apprenticeship method. Filling out the application, and following the process found on this website.

    If your MOS matches the work scope of a Pipe Fitter / Welder / HVAC Technician, please fill out the profile on Helmets To Hardhats website and forward to Local Union 597’s Apprenticeship Program

  • Veterans in Piping

    The United Association’s “Veterans in Piping” Program

    www.uavip.org

    The Challenge

    Approximately 2.2 million of our nation’s veterans have served since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The unemployment rate for those veterans tops 11 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Veterans between the ages of 18 and 24 have an unemployment rate of more than 20 percent, almost twice that of the veterans who served in the same era but are older, ages 25 to 34.

    The Solution

    The United Association of Plumbers, Pipe Fitters and Sprinkler Fitters (UA) has partnered with the U.S. military to create the UA Veterans In Piping (VIP) Program, which provides returning veterans with 18 weeks of accelerated welding and HVACR training. But before that career training begins, they kick off the program with an additional two weeks of transitional training to help returning veterans to adjust to civilian life – a process that can be especially difficult for those who joined the military right after high school.

    The training is free to veterans who are placed in construction careers nationwide, helping to replenish an aging workforce while rebuilding America’s infrastructure. Welders are in high demand nationwide, making job opportunities plentiful for welders who are well-trained and highly-skilled after their intensive training program.

    With over 1,000 veterans already trained through VIP programs, many more veterans are in need of the career opportunities available through the UA VIP Program. The UA and the U.S. Military can provide a positive re-entry into civilian life, and long-term, lucrative careers for those who have served their country with bravery and honor.

  • Hybrid Program

    Hybrid Program

    All Hybrid students are accepted from the existing two-year waiting list for the Building Trades apprenticeship. For more information regarding the application process, please see this website.

    Hybrid Welding Program

    The hybrid weld program is a highly structured pre-apprentice skills development environment designed to provide specialized training, and necessary weld experience to qualify for direct entry into Local Union 597’s Building Trade Apprenticeship Program.

    • Candidates must pass urinalysis and hair follicle drug test, and posses valid drivers license for acceptance into the program.
    • The student must provide his/her personal protective clothing, weld hood and work boots.
    • Mandatory class participation is required for 18 weeks, Monday-Friday, 7:00a.m. – 3:30p.m.
    • Strict attendance standards must be maintained throughout the duration of course. A student will be discharged upon his/her third non-catastrophic absence, tardy or early quit.
    • Additional night (3:30-8:00 pm) and Saturday (7:00-3:30 pm) training hours are recommended to complete the following weld performance benchmarks. A student will be discharged for failure to achieve performance objectives within required time allotments. All visual inspections will be performed by AWS/CWI-UA Authorized Test Representatives.
    • Visual inspection of 3-F & 3-G ‘W’ plate assembly within 3 weeks.
    • Visual inspection of 1-GR 6″ Sch. 80 pipe within 6 weeks.
    • API 1104 Radiographic Inspection of 5-G, 6″ Sch. 80 pipe sample within 9 weeks.
    • Visual inspection of ambidextrous 2-G & 6-G heavy wall 6″ pipe assemblies within 12 weeks.
    • Visual inspection of ambidextrous 2″ socket weld assemblies within 15 weeks
    • UA 60 Weld Certification Test within 18 weeks. Ambidextrous technique recommended.
    • Upon successful completion of 18-week course and UA-60 weld certification exam, the student will be indentured as a first-year Local Union 597 Apprentice. First-year wages and benefits will be paid at the beginning of employment.

    For more information regarding the application process, please contact Local Union 597 Training Fund Admissions Director.

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