Plumbers & Steamfitters Apprenticeship
News & Events

Not every student is college-bound, but every student should have a goal.  Below are just a few of our success stories and community events.

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Apprenticeship Program

Developing a skilled trade vs. getting a degree

Apprenticeship is a time-honored tradition in many skilled trades. The system of apprenticeship first developed in the later Middle Ages and came to be supervised by craft guilds and town governments.

Included in many of these training programs are earned college credits.  In fact, several of them, including the Plumbers & Steamfitters Apprenticeship Program (Baltimore/Hagerstown/Martinsburg) tout having students who earn 45 college credits – That is halfway to an AA degree.


Raven | 3rd Year Apprentice

Now in her third year as an apprentice, Raven talks about her experience with the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 486 apprenticeship. “It makes me feel more certain and makes me truly appreciate what I have now.”


Raven | 3rd Year Apprentice

“After I got out of college, I realized that I didn’t have a job with financial security. Local 486 Apprenticeship Program gave me a career with skills that will last me a lifetime and allowed me to start a family.”


Jeremy | 5th Year Apprentice

“The pay is great, it’s six figures, the benefits are even better. You only need 3 things, a good attitude, a good work ethic, and show up on time.  We’ll teach you the rest!”

Local 486 Joins Maryland Apprenticeship Ambassador Program

The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Council (JATC) for the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union No. 486, joins the state’s incentive program to help raise awareness about Registered Apprenticeship.