UA Local 486 Plumbers & Steamfitters Apprenticeship

Since instituting the Plumbers and Steamfitters Apprenticeship Program in 1941, the Local Union 486 has given hundreds of hours of free instruction, on-the-job training, and job opportunities to participants allowing apprentices to learn while they earn.


Applications for the 2025/2026 school year will open in November 2024


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Let us help you build a future...

Are you ready to build your career and make money while you are doing it? Through the UA Local 486 Plumbers & Steamfitters Apprenticeship, you will gain all the necessary skills and certifications necessary to pursue a career in the skilled trades.  Best of all, you will earn wages and benefits while in the program! Ready to take the first step in building your future? Applications for the 2025/2026 school year will open in November 2024.

The Benefits of an Apprenticeship:

Build & Create

Are you ready to build a career and create a successful future for yourself? The UA Local 486 Apprenticeship offers more than educational opportunities or a job. It allows you to build a career and create a life that you can take pride in. Throughout the program, you will have earned a number of certifications, and college courses setting you up for future career success.


Are you concerned with the future? UA Local 486 apprentices can have hope for the now and the future. During the apprenticeship, apprentices will have a stable income to provide for their family. Upon graduation, they will be ready to take on many career opportunities in some of the most in-demand and reliable job fields.

Quality Wages

Want to provide for yourself or your family? Through the UA Local 486 Plumbers & Steamfitters Apprenticeship program, you will earn an increasing wage plus benefits which starts at $60,216 a year. As you progress through the program your wages will increase and by graduation of year 5 you will be earning $133,400+.

The Change At home...

Here are just a few of our many success stories. Listen to how the UA Local 486 Plumbers & Steamfitters Apprenticeship has changed their lives and how it can change yours.

Featured Programs

The UA Local 486 Plumbers & Steamfitters Apprenticeship offers three local programs in the Maryland and Delaware areas. Each program offers the same unique benefits and hands-on experience.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a superior education program for apprentice plumbers, steamfitters and hvac technicians that integrates technical, on-the-job, and academic training to meet the employment and personnel needs of our contactors, customers, and communities we serve. Continuing education and training opportunities are provided to allow our Journeymen and Women to advance their knowledge and skills—— and to allow for the maintenance of their certifications and licenses. Our curriculum utilizes the most up-to-date technology and techniques available to our industry.

3 Steps to start your Future


The first step to joining the UA Local 486 Plumbers & Steamfitters Apprenticeship is to complete an application. You can apply *online or in person. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and must also have their own transportation, a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit and be eligible to work in the United States, and obtain a Maryland Plumbers and HVACR license.

*Note: There is a non-refundable $25 processing fee, payable by major credit card when applying online.


After your application has been accepted, a math and reading comprehension test, as well as a physical and drug screening, will be required. The purpose of these tests is to ensure the apprentices meet the standards necessary for the daily work requirements.


The final step in the application process is to undergo an interview. Unfortunately, we can’t accept every single applicant who wants to be part of the program. However, you can resubmit an application for the following apprenticeship program year. Please contact the school for any questions you have.