UA Local 401

2021 Apprenticeship Intake

Please be advised that the 2021 Apprenticeship Intake for UA Local 401 has been POSTPONED.

Please refer back to this website for rescheduled dates.

The Apprentice Intake is for the Plumber and Steamfitter Apprenticeship Program only.

UA Local 401 does not offer Welding Apprenticeships.

Previous applicants are welcome to apply.
Please see below for requirements and the process on how to apply:

Important:  Read the instructions and requirements below to ensure you will be able to apply when the time comes.


  1. Must be at least 18 year of age.
  2. Must be legally entitled to work in Canada.
  3. Must have successfully completed a minimum Grade 12 education, including Grade 12 math. Must provide, at the time of application, proof of such education in the form of a High School transcript or Equivalency (GED) certificate.

Note: Applicants are responsible for removing all information on education proof that relates to: race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, record of offenses, marital status, family status and handicap.

How to apply:

When the intake process has been opened, each applicant must:

  1. Apply in person with proof of age and education as mentioned above.
  2. Fill out an application
  3. Receive a time & date to write the Mechanical Aptitude test.

After applying:

  1. Only the applicants with the highest scores on the Mechanical Aptitude test will be invited for an interview.
  2. Those applicants selected from the interviews must attend a mandatory safety training session.
  3. After the training session is completed, pre-apprentices will be placed on a list to be dispatched as work becomes available.

If you are accepted for an apprenticeship, you will be required to:

  1. Serve a 9000-hour apprenticeship, including the probationary period.
  2. Be punctual and maintain a good attendance record on the job.
  3. Possess a valid “G” Driver’s License.
  4. Work under the direction of a Journeyperson on the job site and perform duties satisfactorily.
  5. Attend related training classes regularly and maintain an acceptable average in those classes. Training will include three sessions of Community College (8 weeks each), and also five mandatory night school courses over the five-year contract.
  6. Abide by all rules and regulations of the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee.


During an apprenticeship, mandatory courses are offered at our union hall in the evenings.

During Trade School, each apprentice may be eligible for employment benefits from HRDC, supplementary unemployment benefits from the Union, and the Apprenticeship Training Grant from the Government.


Apprentice wages are based on a percentage of the current Journeyman’s base rate:

1st year = 40 %
2nd year = 50 %
3rd year = 60 %
4th year = 70 %
5th year = 80 %

Health & Welfare Benefits:

Medical & Dental Coverage
Prescription Eyeglasses (plus safety glasses)
Life Insurance
Accidental Death insurance
Pension Plan

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