Pipe Trades Apprentices Compete in International Contest
8th Annual Apprenticeship Contest
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Plumbers, welders and steamfitters all gathered to compete in the 8th annual apprenticeship contest.
Fifteen participants are competing to represent Minnesota in Chicago for the final round.
The competition consisted of a written test Wednesday.
Thursday, they participated in a hands on project that catered to each different skill level.
The local union says this opportunity validates their instructors are doing a good job.
“We are very proud of our guys. We have good work ethics around here. People coming out of here are very skilled. Doing a 5 year apprenticeship is equivalent to going to school for 4 years,” said Jeff Daveau of the Plumbers and Steamfitter Local Union #11.
Last year, their hard work paid off an their instructors could not be more proud.
“Minnesota has had a few people that have gone all the way to the international level and have won. It’s a big deal because Canada is also included in our competition,” said Daveau.
Eleven states are participating in the competition.
The next round in Chicago is at the beginning of June.