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Sanger Adult School

Plumbers, Pipe and Refridgeration Fitters Apprenticeship

Contact Information:
1303 North Rabe Avenue Suite 102 Fresno, CA 93727-2249
Phone: (559) 252-7246
Fax: (559) 252-1766

In 1942, the Division of Apprenticeship Standards approved the Fresno Area Plumbers, Pipe and Refrigeration Fitters Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee to train apprentices for the Piping Industry. Through the years, the Training Program has seen many changes in the industry and has always provided training in the latest methods used in the industry. Even though the Program would be considered small by some, only 40 apprentices, this has not stopped the advancement of training covering the latest in technology.

The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee is made up of three representatives from management representing the Mechanical Contractors Association and three members from UA Local 246 representing labor. In addition, the Committee has a director of training who carries out the business of the Committee on a day to day basis.

Over the years, the Committee has developed a very strict set of Rules and Regulations which are followed and enforced to the fullest. The Rules and Regulations are required because it is not cheap to provide training at no cost to apprentices and this insures that only those who will be an asset to the Local Union and the Industry will receive the benefits of serving an apprenticeship in the Program.

Plumbing Course:
  • All Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Apprentices receive instruction in the following subjects and must successfully pass each course:
  • Construction Safety
  • CPR & First Aid
  • Trade Math
  • Use and Care of Tools
  • Water Systems
  • Drainage and Venting Systems Fixtures and Special Installations Science
  • Rigging
  • Soldering and Brazing (Brazing Certification Required for the installation of Medical Gas Piping)
  • Medical Gas Installation (Certification Required) Backflow Prevention and Testers Certification Program
  • Builder's Level and Transit
  • Isometric Drafting and Piping Design
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Uniform Plumbing Code (Apprentices must pass City of Fresno Plumbers Competency Test)
  • Gas, Welding and Arc Welding
  • Orbital Welding
  • Polyethylene Gas Piping Fusion
  • SYGEF-PVDF Butt and Socket Fusion
  • PP and PVDF Infrared Fusion
  • Instrumentation and Process Controls
  • Hydronic Systems
  • Basic Electricity
  • Basic Refrigeration
  • Basic Air Conditioning
  • Pneumatic Controls

  • Job Safety
  • Use and Care of Tools
  • MSCA Training Manual (Reporting & Administration, Material Purchasing, Refrigerant Containment, Customer Relations)
  • Air Conditioning (Basics)
  • Air Conditioning Maintenance
  • Rigging
  • Trade Math
  • Materials
  • Basic Gas Welding
  • Science
  • Refrigeration I
  • Refrigeration II
  • Basic Electricity
  • Isometric Drafting
  • Air Conditioning & Heating Equipment
  • Soldering & Brazing
  • Uniform Plumbing Code and Mechanical Code
  • Pipefitting and a Calculator
  • Centrifugals
  • AC Systems
  • Electric Controls & Diagrams
  • Start, Test & Balance
  • Steam Systems
  • Hydronic Systems
  • Pneumatic Controls
  • Refrigerant Controls
  • Backflow Prevention Testers Certification
  • Computer Lab