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5-year program prepares apprentices to be journeyman plumbers

If you are interested in the plumbing industry, there is a five-year apprenticeship program that can prepare you to become a journeyman.

Posted: Jul 16, 2019 3:40 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- If you are interested in the plumbing industry, there is a five-year apprenticeship program that can prepare you to become a journeyman.

Twin Rivers Plumbing works with Local 290, which offers the program. Students start off making $18.38 per hour with benefits and end with over $50 per hour.

In order to apply for the apprenticeship program, you must have at least a C in algebra. The program provides three-hour classes that are two nights a week, and it allows you to work with the company during the day.

"I like going to work and accomplishing things," apprentice Chase Stalling said. "It definitely gets your confidence up. It makes you want to do better. It doesn't take much. You just have to show up and give them your best. There's always room to grow."

Each apprentice is with a journeyman. Every six months marks the end of a term, which means the journeyman evaluates their apprentice to determine whether they can move on to the next term and get a raise.

Once the program is completed, students get their journeyman's license.

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