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Work Description

Steamfitters assemble, install and maintain pipes to carry water, steam compressed air, gases and fluids needed for processing, manufacturing, heating and cooling. They adapt and repair pipe systems, install appliances, heating and refrigeration units and weld pipes. Steamfitter mechanics trouble- shoot, diagnose and repair components of heating/cooling systems and refrigeration units.  

Working Conditions

Construction steamfitters work inside and outside, sometimes in adverse weather conditions. The work is active and strenuous requiring walking, standing, climbing, lifting, and working in cramped or high areas. Service steamfitters work indoors in equipment rooms as well as some outdoor repair work. They use test instruments and tools in trouble-shooting and requiring of HVAC systems.


  • High school diploma or GED
  • Physically capable of performing the trade
  • Recommended high school courses: General Math, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Mechanical and Architectural Drawing, General Sciences, Shop, Physics, Computer, Welding, and English.
  • Pass Accuplacer, Mechanical & Spatial Tests 

Terms of Apprenticeship

  • 5-year program
  • 8,000 hours of on-the-job training
  • 500 hours of paid related classroom instruction
  • 260 hours of non-paid related instruction to include First Aid, Welding, OSHA, etc.
For information please contact:
Apprenticeship Office
Northcentral Technical College
1000 W. Campus Drive
Wausau WI 54401


Application Process

Fill out apprenticeship application located in the Apprenticeship Office, Room F112.
Send a copy of high school transcripts or GED to the Apprenticeship Office.
Take the Accuplacer test that is given at NTC –
  • Testing includes reading and arithmetic with a required minimum score of 66, and algebra with a required minimum score of 33.
  • Test is given in the Testing Center, Room C167. Phone number 715.803.1398
  • Total cost of $20.00 includes Reading, Arithmetic & Algebra testing– to be paid at time of test either by check payable to NTC or exact amount in cash.
  • The College Prep Center can assist students who have taken the Accuplacer and need to increase their academic skills to meet the requirements. Contact the College Prep Center at 715.803.1152, located in room A111.
Paid related instruction is held at Mid-State Technical College.
Interview with committee to receive
a Letter of Introduction. Letter can
be taken to prospective employers indicating you are a qualified candidate.



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