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Plumber Apprenticeship Program

Garvin’s Sewer Service is proud to announce their partnership with the CDOL to offer a Plumber Apprenticeship Program.

This is a 4-year program designed for candidates with little to no previous plumbing experience.

The Plumber Apprenticeship program takes a participant through 8,000 on-the-job training hours and over 576 classroom instruction hours over the course of 4 years. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be equipped to test for their Journeyman Plumber license and receive a Nationally recognized certificate of completion from the Department of Labor.

Candidates are paid while they go through the program, including pay increases as they develop their skills. This is an amazing program designed to create more opportunities in the trades where a shortage is currently being felt and is growing without such programs.

Garvin’s Sewer Service is intentionally creating a workforce that reflects the community we serve, including those historically discriminated against in the skilled trades including people of color, LGBTQ+ identifying, and women. We encourage you to apply.

The program is open to all, however is limited to 6 participants per year.

Eligible candidates must:

  • Submit an application
  • Have a valid driver’s license and no major violations in the last 3 years
  • Be able to lift and carry 125 pounds
  • Have a High School diploma or equivalent
  • Pass a drug test and background check
  • Live in the Greater Denver/Boulder area
  • Be 18+ years old

Ready to apply?

Use this link to apply and begin the process.

How does the Garvin’s Sewer Service Plumber Apprenticeship Program work?

First, we begin with the Application Process

Plumber Apprenticeship Application and Screening Process:

  1. Submit your application for review

No previous plumbing experience is needed, however we’d like to know your previous work history and education. Submit a cover letter, if you’d like, telling us why you are interested in the plumbing trade, any related experience, or why you want to be a plumbing apprentice.

  1. Phone interview

If you meet the minimum requirements (stated above), we will contact you for a phone interview. We will ask you a few questions and tell you more about the plumbing apprenticeship program and what you can expect. This phone interview is your chance to ask us questions too.

  1. Be approved as a driver

Because you will be working independently and issued a work van, we do require you to be an authorized driver on our policy. This means we run your Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) for safety. We are looking for large violations and points to be low. You must be at least 18 years old to participate in Garvin’s plumber apprenticeship program.

  1. In person interview

After you have been approved as a driver, we will have you come into our main Englewood office for an in-person interview. During this interview, we will conduct a few assessments. There are no right or wrong answers – this simply helps us learn more about you and helps us better train you individually.

Next, you begin your Plumbing Training

Plumbing Apprenticeship Acceptance and Training Process:

  1. Acceptance

Once the in-person interview and assessments are completed and your MVR has been approved, we are able to offer your acceptance into the plumbing apprenticeship. We will register you as an apprentice plumber into our system and training is scheduled.

  1. Training begins

While you are training, you earn while you learn. There are four training series that you will participate in, each about 8 weeks in length. Each week you will spend one paid day in our on-site learning lab and classroom, and four paid days in the field. Your class is very small, so you get very individualized instruction, typically less than 6 participants per class.

  1. Work and learn

Between training series, you will be working and training in the field. Each year, you will earn 144 classroom learning hours and 2,000 field learning hours. Each year, you will also earn more hourly revenue and will be equipped to take the plumbing licensing exam(s) including your Residential License (after 2 years) and Journeyman License (after 4 years).

Finally, you test to be a Licensed Plumber! Congratulations!

Ready to apply?

Use this link to apply and begin the process.

Plumbing Apprenticeship Program Q&A

If you have questions, jot them down to discuss during your phone interview. Here are a few answers to questions to build a better understanding. If you need more clarity, we can discuss them at your interview as well.

What experience do I need?

No previous plumbing experience is needed for this program. As long as our minimum qualifications are met, you can apply and participate in the program. Qualifications include:

  • Must be 18+
  • Has a High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Has a valid driver’s license with no major incidents in the last three years (non-CDL)
  • Ability to lift and carry 125 pounds
  • Ability to pass a drug test and background check
  • Living in the greater Denver/Boulder area

Is there a cost to participate?

Apprentices will pay for books and online courses required for the classroom learning. Those costs are currently around $350.

You will also require a basic set of tools to begin, but we give you a list of those tools and you have about 6 weeks to get the basics. This cost will vary, but we find them range from $200-$700 depending on brand and whether you buy them used or new. Additional needed tools will be ones you acquire as you go along in your career.

There is a grant available for apprentices who may find this to be a financial hardship. Ask us about this and we can connect you to a few resources. Financial obstacles are not a reason to exclude yourself from this program – we can help!

What tools do I need for the Plumber Apprenticeship?

We will provide you a tool list, and you will be working with trainers who will show you the tools needed for the job at hand. You don’t need any tools to begin your apprenticeship, but you will need them by the end of your first six-week training series.

If this is financially difficult for you, talk to us about a few options we have to help. Remember, any tools you buy are yours to keep, whether or not you continue with us, or continue as a plumber.

What is my schedule?

This is a full-time program. Instead of attending school and working, as many students must do, you will train and work for us as you build your skills. Most schedules will be approximately 7:30AM to approximately 4:30PM, Monday through Friday. Saturday shifts are available after certain skill levels are met and offer a higher pay level. 

What is my pay during the program?

We will answer this question during your interview process as it may vary. As of 9/15/22, the training wage is $20/hour for the first year, $21 for the second year, $22.50 for the third year, and $23 for the fourth year. Wages are likely to exceed these amounts with inflation and cost of living adjustments over the next four years.

Upon completion of the program, a Journeyman Plumber can expect to make $27 – $40 an hour in today’s wages, depending on experience, project, and demand.

Do I earn any benefits?

Yes, you will be treated as every other employee and are entitled to Worker’s Compensation benefits, health insurance, dental, vision, and financial products. We provide at no cost to you: uniforms, use of a company vehicle with paid fuel and insurance, work cell phone and more.

As a family-owned company, we also host events such as potlucks, BBQ and holiday parties and you and your family are invited.

What happens after the four-year program is complete?

After you complete the four-year Plumbing Apprenticeship program, you will have a Nationally Recognized Certificate of Completion from the Department of Labor to verify the hours you have worked and trained as a plumber.

From there, you can continue to work for Garvin’s Sewer Service at a renegotiated rate of pay, or you can choose to work elsewhere. There is no additional commitment to us, although we’d love to have you stay.

Do I have to commit to the full four-years?

Your registered hours will count towards your DORA registration whether or not you complete the program with us. We consider the first year to be probationary, meaning either party may choose to end participation in the program at will. We understand life circumstances change, sometimes by choice, and sometimes by chance.

Giving two-weeks advance notice of desire to vacate the program is appreciated and allows the participant to re-enter the program and/or be eligible for employment in the future.

Ready to apply?

Use this link to apply and begin the process.