We Help You Learn while you earn.

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. They are expert technicians, skilled journey workers, trained managers, and high-wage earners.

Inspiring Today’s Mechanical Tradesman

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What’s in a Union?

  • ZHigh rises
  • ZPower plants
  • ZWater treatment plants
  • ZHealth care facilities
  • ZStadiums
  • ZSchools & colleges
  • ZHotels
  • ZCasinos
  • ZHVACR facilities
  • ZOperating hydraulic and electric controls
  • ZMonitoring digital technology control systems
  • ZInstalling backflow preventers
  • ZInstalling natural & medical gas systems
  • ZReading and interpreting building drawings and specifications
  • ZCalculating for systems
  • ZThey are welders, riggers, steamfitters
  • ZCommercial plumbing, heating, cooling & refrigeration
  • ZThe Union provides job information, training programs and benefits
  • ZProvides a safe working environment
  • ZUnion members and officers promote good labor relations
  • ZThe Union inspires excellence and pride!
  • ZUnion workers do the job right – on time and on budget!
  • ZUnion members and officers work with businesses to supply highly trained labor for any size or type of project


See how the Plumbers & Steamfitters Apprenticeship Program has made a difference.

The Community College of Baltimore County

The Community College of Baltimore County’s long partnership with Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 486 supports a strong opportunity to earn money, obtain college credit and a solid credential for a job.

Sandra L. Kurtinitis, Ph.D., President, CCBC

The Community College of Baltimore County

If you are looking for a career that will support yourself and your family with good money and good benefits, you’ll find pipefitting is a career that has many paths. As you move through the Plumbers and Steamfitters Apprenticeship Program, you can find some very rewarding jobs.


The program gave me the skills to work in the field for 10 years before starting my own business that employs union steamfitters.

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The Community College of Baltimore County

CCBC gives apprenticeship candidates the opportunity to build on their craft professions.  The more training and education you have, the more options you will have in the workforce.  The Apprenticeship Program is not just for young people of college-age.  It’s for anyone who wants to learn a new trade or who is looking for new opportunities.  It’s not unusual to have apprenticeship graduates go on to earn an Associate’s Degree.  This allows apprentices to take advantage of additional career opportunities, taking on responsibilities of supervision, management, or owning their own businesses.

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Applicant Deadlines:

Baltimore, Maryland

Applications for the 2023/2024 school year are being accepted.  

Hagerstown, Maryland

Applications for the 2023/2024 school year are being accepted.  

Seaford, Delaware

Applications for the 2023/2024 school year are being accepted.  

There is a non-refundable processing fee of $25 due at the time of application to be paid by Credit Card.
No official documents are needed to apply.