Careers + Trades

The Seattle Pipetrades Education Center is the state approved apprenticeship program for Plumbers, Steamfitters, HVAC/Refrigeration Mechanics, Metal Trades Workers and Housing Plumbers in the King County area.

The Seattle Pipetrades Education Center provides an excellent education, and a great future in all aspects of the pipetrades industry for journeymen and apprentices. Apprentices are provided thousands of hours of training in the field along with classroom and hands on lab experience. Our Greater Puget Sound area Mechanical Contractors and Local 32 pipe trades workers get together regularly to continue cirriculum development for our state-of-the-art training program to make sure that you, the worker, are more marketable, productive, skilled, and knowledgeable. 

The Mechanical Contractors Association and the Members of the United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Refrigeration Mechanics have had an approved apprenticeship training program in the State of Washington for over 50 years. This training program has continued to turn out the highest level mechanic for generations, and will continue to be at the forefront of our industry for many years to come. 

Plumbers and HVAC/Refrigeration+

If you are a plumber or refrigeration mechanic, imagine a world where you don't have to learn everything through the "school of hard knocks." There is an easier and less stressful way to learn both the basic and sophisticated aspects of the trade. There is nothing wrong with learning at the school of hard knocks, but learning your trade through a systematic training program can make you much more than just an installer.

By going through a quality training program, you learn not only the installation and servicing of various systems, fixtures, and equipment, but the theories and tricks of the trade, which increases your ability to solve problems and helps make you a true craftsman in every sense of the word.




Mechanical Contractors+

If you are a mechanical contractor, imagine having access to a state-of-the-art training facility where your employees can improve their skills and abilities, thereby increasing your profits, marketability, and even expanding the type of work you are able to bid on. There is such a place for your company and your employees right now. At the JATC (Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee), which is overseen by equal parts labor and management.  The participants learn through lectures, demonstrations, hands-on activities, books and training manuals to supliment on-the-job training. Imagine a place where an apprentice can learn by making mistakes, without impacting a contractor's bottom line. This facility has the potential of making your operation run more efficiently with less aggravation and fewer headaches.

Costs & Obligations+

What would you be willing to pay to have the opportunity to improve your skills, productivity, income, and respect in the industry? How does little or no cost sound to you? The Members of the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters have negotiated with the Mechanical Contractors Association to contribute to the JATC fund to provide for training for all UA Members.

JATC Mission Statement+

The Seattle Area Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry Journeymen and Apprentice Training Trust provide education to individuals seeking careers in plumbing, steamfitting, and refrigeration. The Trust is sponsored by Local 32 and the Mechanical Contractors Association of Western Washington.

Through outstanding instruction and the use of facilities and "state of the art" equipment, the Trust provides apprentices and journeymen the opportunity to learn current and developing technologies within their occupational specialties. The Trust values ethnic diversity and gender equity in the workplace and provides opportunities for individuals from varied backgrounds.

Aware of rapidly changing technologies, the Trust provides an educational environment and program that encourages individuals to maintain excellence within their occupation and to seek opportunities to improve their skills. Through apprenticeship training programs and journeymen continuing education, the Trust provides well-trained employees for the plumbing and steamfitting industry.

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