About Us

While others are starting school you can start your career.

Currently housed in a state-of-the-art, 100,000-square-foot facility in San Jose, the Loyd E. Williams Pipe Trades Training Center has for decades offered the highest quality apprentice and journey-level classes available. Accredited by the Division of Apprenticeship Standards for the State of California and affiliated with Foothill College, the Training Center offers 4 distinct apprenticeship opportunities. Residential Plumbing (our only 4 year program), Commercial Plumbing, Steamfitting & HVACR each require 5 years to complete the program. Check out the descriptions below. With over 70 instructors who bring first-rate credentials and vast field experience to the classroom and dozens of signatory contractors we can offer first rate classroom & on-the-job training.

The Plumber protects the health and safety of the community by providing pure water to residential, commercial and industrial buildings for drinking, cooking, washing, cleaning, manufacturing or personal use, and to remove waste water after it has served its purpose. All piping and plumbing fixtures must be installed in accordance with local plumbing codes and Board of Health requirements. 

The Steamfitter protects our environment by properly installing piping and equipment for complex heating/air conditioning and special industrial piping systems such as semiconductor, biotechnology, and power generation. 

The Refrigeration/Air Conditioning Service Mechanic insures indoor air quality by servicing and repairing all types of refrigeration equipment from the small building to larger, complex air conditioning and refrigeration units used in hospitals, skyscraper, manufacturing facilities, research and development laboratories, etc. 

Chances for advancement in the trades are determined by the growth of the industry, the contractor, and the apprentice's individual skill and ambition.

As a graduate of the Apprenticeship program, Journey Level Mechanics interested in personal growth can pursue a wide variety of career choices that encompass varied levels of responsibility:

  • Foreman
  • Estimator
  • Field Superintendent
  • Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CAD)
  • Safety Officer
  • Project Manager
  • Company Operations Manager
  • Company Owner
  • Quality Control Technician
  • Instructor/Teacher
  • City, County, State, or Municipal Inspector

As technology and industry change so do the needs for qualified individuals with Pipe Trades training and experience.  Through partnerships with dozens of different contractors, graduates of the Pipe Trades program work in residential, commercial, industrial, and refrigeration/air conditioning services and repair in industries that include:

  • Semiconductor
  • Energy
  • Biopharmacuetical
  • Health-Care
  • Aerospace
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Water Treatment
  • Food and Beverage Processing
  • And many more

 Benefits of Apprenticeship:

  • Excellent Wages - "Earn While You Learn"
  • Wage increases are awarded each semester throughout the program
  • Supervised on-the-job training and classroom academic instruction 

The Benefits for you and your dependents include:

  • Medical, Dental, Prescription, and Disability Insurance
  • Retirement Benefits (including 401a plans)
  • Scholarship programs are also available to member's spouses and dependents for a wide variety of educational opportunities.

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