Plumbers and Pipefitters

Now accepting applications for summer programs
 

Apply by May 17 to meet the priority deadline. Applications received after the deadline may still be considered if there is space available. 

Important things to know before applying:

  • Students must be logged in to their district account to submit an application
  • Applications take 15-20 minutes to complete
  • Students will be asked to provide contact information for themselves and a parent/guardian
  • Programs have age requirements, please review details before applying

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The High School Introduction to Plumbers and Pipefitters program (HIPP) offers an opportunity to gain hands-on experience and begin developing the skills needed to pursue a career in the pipe-trades field.

Water and gas lines behind a wall

Pipefitters install piping systems that deliver liquids and gases throughout buildings. Typically, in new construction, pipefitters install the infrastructure for hospitals, skyscrapers, schools, retail stores, and other types of commercial or industrial buildings.

Students will attain industry-recognized certifications through preparatory training for in-demand, high-wage careers. They will learn welding, soldering, brazing, rigging, tube bending and more through hands-on activities and projects to prepare them for interviews with Local 26-SWWPT.

Through project-based learning, students will grasp important concepts in the field of pipefitting, including:

  • Setting up sight and transit, shooting grade, and locating marks using surveying techniques
  • Matching measurement activities to manufacturing processes
  • Describing and explaining drawings and blueprints
  • Identifying different thread types
  • Cutting and turning threads on steel pipe

Upon completion of the program, students will be certified in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10, scissor lift operation, and they will receive a completion certificate from the Southwest Washington Pipe Trades.

Student using a torch to join two pipes

Summer 2024 Program Details

  • Application deadline: May 17 is the priority deadline. Applications received after the deadline may be considered if there is space.
  • Program dates: June 24 - July 2
  • Meeting location: Lincoln High School (then transported by school vans to Lacey for training at the apprenticeship training center for pipefitters)
  • Notification of selected applicants: early June
  • Approximate hours to complete: 85 hours
  • Certification(s) offered: Scissor lift; OSHA 10; HIPP completion certificate; Financial Literacy through EverFi 
  • Completion stipend: $500 (upon successful completion of all program components)
  • Credits toward graduation: 0.5 CTE Credits 
  • Total spots available: 18
  • Special considerations for this program: Must be at least 17 years old to receive certifications. Younger students may apply but are not eligible to earn certifications.
  • For additional information, please contact Jeff Klancke: jklanck@tacoma.k12.wa.us

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