How & Where to Apply

How to Apply

Call the training center or visit the website  for the trade you wish to participate in,  for the most up-to-date application information. Here’s some general information.

Typically, you have to apply in person at the training center. Hours for accepting applications vary, so it’s always best to call first.  You must bring a copy of your birth certificate and high school diploma or GED- you will leave that copy with your application, so be sure to bring the copy with you, and not the original. If you have vocational or technical school training, or a college degree, bring evidence of that as well. It’s also a good idea to bring a copy of welding certifications. If you are a military veteran, bring your DD form 214. All applicants must be at least 18 years old.

Plumbing, pipefitting, heating, ventilating, air conditioning, refrigeration:

Piping Industry Training Center
7560 Caple Blvd.
Northwood, OH 43619
Phone: 419-666-7482
Fax: 419-666-7483

Applications for the 2019/2020 school year will begin on April 1, 2019.  Applications are accepted Monday through Friday from 9:00am until 3:00pm

Please visit for more information.

Boilermaker Trade

Local 85
319 Glenwood Road, Rossford, OH 43460


If I’m accepted, what training is required?

All apprentices learn the science, math, tools and safety issues of their trade, in addition to the unique technical aspect of their craft via classroom instruction and on-the-job experiences. See list below for examples the unique technical aspects, in no particular order.

HVAC and Refrigeration Servicing:

Electricity, wiring and motors, refrigeration cycles and equipment, soldering and brazing copper tubing, working with refrigerant chemicals, condensers, compressors, control systems, troubleshooting, natural gas and oil heating systems, heat pumps, hydronics transformers, relays, rigging, air conditioning systems, pneumatics, centrifugals and absorption systems, to name a few.

Plumbers and Pipefitters:

Welding, torch cutting, brazing,  blueprint reading, basics of HVAC control, drain systems, plumbing codes, hydronics, pipe laying, design, installation, gas, backflow, valve repair, hydraulics, steam theory, layout and fabrication, steam pressure.


Welding, gouge/bevel tubes, draft designs, develop and fabricate patterns, tube rolling and installation, tank erection,  rigging, cranes.


When and where is training held?

Training takes place on the jobsite, of course, but also in controlled conditions in classroom and workshops located at the Piping Industry Training Center or the Boilermaker Training Center at the addresses above. Classes are often in the evenings after work, a couple days per week.  There is usually no class during the summer.