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.

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