Workforce Wednesday: Plumbing and Steamfitting
Want to break into the industry of one of the highest paid trades in Alaska?
For this Workforce Wednesday, Daybreak learned about careers in plumbing and steamfitting, from Aaron Plikat with Local 367 United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters and Cari-Ann Carty with Alaska Process Industry Career Consortium (APICC).
Jobs in the industry can range from cutting and preparing steel pipe, welding joints, keeping the Sealife Center’s water flowing and helping power Shemya and Dutch Harbor. According to APICC, many Alaskans in this field will soon be retiring, opening doors to a career that pays anywhere from $24 an hour as a paid apprentice, to $60 an hour for a foreman.
“Absolutely awesome job, incredibly rewarding,” said Carty. “If you enjoy working with your hands and having, as I like to call it, visual gratification of a job every day, you can stand back at the end of the day, look at what you accomplished and know it’s going to be there for the next 50, 60, hopefully 100 years and really feel good about it.”
United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters Apprentice Program Requirements
- 18-years-old or older
- High school diploma or GED
- Driver’s license
- Alaska resident
To learn more about the apprenticeship program, visit the Local 367 website.