Servicing the Pipe Trades industry for over 100 years

Through Labor/Management partnerships

Landscape / Irrigation, Sewer & Storm Underground Industrial Piping Industry

  Joint (Labor and Management)

Journeyman and Apprentice

Training Committee

Apprentice Applicant Information & Qualifications

Age: Minimum 18 years old
Education: English as a second language course may be required for individuals who require additional language support
The Apprenticeship Program is a five-(5) year training program. This program fulfills 9,000 hours of diversified on-the-job training. Apprentices earn while they learn, working the job with Journeymen. In addition, they attend classes or related technical instruction 1 Saturday a month for 5 years equivalent of 9000 hrs.

Apprentices earn a percentage of an established Journeyman wage rate of $52.53 including benefits, by classification, effective through June 30, 2017. The beginning apprentice wage is $25.85 including fringe benefit. All wage rates and conditions are subject to change as per the negotiated Collective Bargaining Agreement. Wage advances are possible once a year per the apprenticeship terms.

The advancements are set by the Local Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (J.A.T.C.) established to supervise the apprentices training providing the programs advancement requirements are met.


Nature of work

Work revolves around site development including the installation of irrigation sewer & storm industrial piping and other landscaping work construction projects. More specifically, the work includes digging trenches, installing pipes, fittings, valves, outlets, spray heads, and accessories; connecting the system to utilities; installing the electronic control system; backfilling trenches; seeding; sodding; and establishment of trees, shrubs and ground cover.

Work is outdoors and may include installing metal, plastic, cement pipes and tubing. Layout of water pipes, tubing, irrigation and drainage systems, including computerized control systems. Multiple installation methods, cutting, threading pipe, and join plastic pipe joints with solvent or fusion welds. Working conditions from dusty in dry weather, muddy wet seasons, Apprentices are required to use picks and shovels at times lifting very heavy loads, Apprentices should have a good physical stamina and be able to lift properly.


Tools Used

Proper and safe use of wrenches, saws, and other hand tools, various power equipment and machinery.

  • Soldering, electrical fusion and Brazing, using the oxy-acetylene process.
  • Picks and shovels, mechanical digging equipment such as Ditch Witch trenchers.
  • Interpretation and layout of blueprints, ordering, Coordination of personnel and materials.


Where Employed

Commercial, industrial, manufacturing complexes, Golf Courses, Freeway landscaping and irrigation and residential housing.


Working Conditions

Work is strenuous and may involve heavy lifting, pulling and pushing. It may require standing for long periods or being in cramped and uncomfortable positions.


Safety Issues Include

Training to assure OSHA occupation safety and health requirements, eliminate falls from ladders, cuts from sharp tools, injury from use of mechanical digging equipment and related work. Safety is stressed for all work related job duties, and safety training is provided for all apprentices for all duties performed.


5 year Training Curriculum 

For the Landscape/Irrigation, Sewer & Storm Underground Industrial Piping Industry:

  • Orientation / Introduction, Safety & First Aid
  • Basic Math & Science
  • Blue print Specification & Interpretation
  • Industrial Pipe and Irrigation systems
  • Copper & Acetylene Soldering & Brazing, solvent, gasket and electrical fusion sewer and storm.
  • Drainage, Sumps & Pumps 
  • All related scopes Landscaping I
  • Cert. First Aid
  • All related scopes Landscaping II
  • Review of all Semesters Covered



APPRENTICESHIP — the heart and soul of our industry and our future.


  • In Southern California we have four training centers, with over 160 apprentices currently in training.
    APPRENTICESHIP—the heart and soul of our industry and our future. IT'S ALL ABOUT STANDARDS
  • Our instructors are all accredited through the Cal State Teaching System, and they all receive additional training at the United Association's Instructor Training Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • By setting high standards, apprenticeship training maintains quality and productivity.  By controlling entry into the industry, it guards against an oversupply of unqualified labor.
  • D.A.S. & DOL will certify Continuous training insuring that working men and women learn their trade Apprenticeship, jointly administered by unions and contractors, is a time-tested model for what education is all about-giving young people usable skills to make a contribution in the real world.  The apprenticeship system works because of joint efforts by school districts, contractors, U. A. district councils, local unions, and thousands of instructors, journeymen and apprentices.
  • Our entry level members come out of their five-year, one-Saturday-per-month apprenticeship with a full understanding of the basics of the trade and a highly developed sense of what the next twenty years looks like in the industry.  They are full rounded craft workers, ready and able to meet whatever challenges are set by their employers.  They become the problem solvers of the industry.
  • The only program approved by the State Division of Apprenticeship Standards (Since 1970) D.A.S.

Training for the future …  Knowledge of the past.

JATC Training Center Ventura
547 Sandy Circle, Oxnard, CA 93030

JATC Training Center San Diego
6225 Federal Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92114

JATC Training Center Compton
18931 Laurel Park Road, Compton, CA 90220
(310) 604-0892

JATC Training Center Colton
225 S. Rancho Avenue, Colton, CA 92324