The HVAC-Refrigeration/Service Steamfitter apprenticeship is a 5-year time-based training program where an apprentice earns while they learn, Apprentices learn the trade through three structured training opportunities:
  • Paid Related Instruction ( Theory & Fundamentals)
  • Unpaid Related Instruction ( Techniques & Certifications)
  • On-the-Job Training (Applied Education)
Upon completion of the Steamfitters Local 601 Apprenticeship Program, Journey-level members are awarded 45 college credits and a rewarding career with no college debt.

How to Become a Steamfitter

Application process:

  1. APPLY – Attend a Trade Orientation and fill out an application.
    • All Trade Orientations are hosted at the respective training centers at 4pm
      • Milwaukee – 4th Tuesday of each month:
        • 2024 – Jun 25th, Jul 23rd,  Aug 27th, Sept 24th, Oct 22nd, Nov 19th
      • Madison – 4th Wednesday of each month;
        • 2024 –  Jun 26th, Jul 24th, Aug 28th, Sept 25th, Oct 23rd, Nov 20th
  1. SUBMIT – High School transcripts
  2. PASS – Entry assessments
      • All testing is hosted at the respective WRTP/Big Step Centers
      • Test sessions are by appointment only
  3. RECEIVE – Letter of Introduction and approved contractor contact list
  4. FIND – An approved contractor to sponsor your apprenticeship

Optional US Military Veteran entry:

Who Can Apply?

Minimum Requirements:

  1. 18 years of age
  2. High School Transcript or equivalent
  3. Valid Driver’s License
Steamfitters Local 601 does not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants or apprentices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, arrest or conviction record, membership in the armed forces, or because they are an individual with a disability or a person 40 years old or older. Steamfitters Local 601 takes affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and operate the apprenticeship program as required under 29 CFR part 30 and the equal employment opportunity rules of the state of Wisconsin. If you are a hands-on learner, interested in electrical controls, troubleshooting, and mechanical systems, this is the trade for you!

Need Help?

Steamfitters Local 601 funds and works with WRTP/Big Step to identify and help individuals receive the assistance needed to get into the Apprenticeship Program.Besides just hosting the entry assessments, WRTP/Big Step can help with the following:
  • High School Diploma or equivalent transcripts
  • Attain a WI Driver’s License
  • Tutoring for the entry assessments
Contact Milwaukee WRTP/Big Step at (414) 342-9787
Contact Madison WRTP/Big Step at (608) 255-0155


Steamfitters in a computer room
Three steamfitters working indoors on small pipes
a few steamfitters inspecting construction plans