The purpose of this Essential Function Form is to list the functions the candidate must be able to safely perform to be an apprentice plumber. Safe performance includes the safety of the apprentice and other individuals, on and off the jobsite.


The ability to perform the Physical Essential Functions is determined by a physical agility test, taken once you have been elected to participate in the Apprentice Program. The test is designed and given by Physical Therapists to determine that an individual can perform the Essential Functions. The list below is only a sample of what a test may entail.



  • LIFT 1-Plumbers must install a 4” x 10’ cast iron pipe along the ceiling, a step ladder may be Requires vertically transferring a 4” x 10’ cast iron pipe weighing 76 lbs. from 1" to 96", up to 6 times per hour.
  • LIFTCARRY 1 -Plumbers must transfer pipe machine to job site. Requires vertically/horizontally transferring pipe machine weighing 116 lbs., from 1" to 42" up to 1 time per hour, a distance of up to 200' without mechanical
  • LIFTCARRY 2 -Plumbers must transfer various items such as strings of lead, boxes of fittings and tools to the job site. Requires vertically/horizontally transferring such items, weighing up to 25 lbs. from 1" to 30" up to 20 times per hour, a distance of up to 200’ without mechanical
  • LIFTCARRY 3 - Plumbers must transfer various items such as ladders, bundles of copper pipes, cast iron fittings, and tripods to job site. Requires vertically/horizontally transferring such items weighing up to 50 lbs. from 1" to 30" up to 30 times per hour, a distance of up to 200’ without mechanical
  • PUSH/PULL 1 -Plumbers must use a cart or flatbed to transfer supplies. Must horizontally transfer cart or flatbed requiring a force of 63 lbs. up to 6 times per hour, a distance of 200’.
  • UPPER EXTREMITY PUSH/PULL 1 - Plumbers must use an 18" wrench to tighten a 2" plug, requiring upper body forces of up to 54 lbs. up to 50 times per
  • COUPLE 1 - Plumbers must handle tools such as pliers requiring coupling forces of up to 48 lbs. up to 50 times per hour to assemble and/or disassemble pipe
  • CLIMB 1- Plumbers must climb stairs to access job site. Requires climbing up to 35 7” steps per
  • CLIMB 2 - Plumbers must use a ladder, with 12” rung to install hangers and ceiling lines. Typical ladder's weight bearing capacity is 300 lbs. Requires climbing up to 84 rungs per hour.
  • CONFINED ACCESS 1 -Plumbers must access pipes inside sink cabinets. Must access spaces measuring 21" x 15".
  • HEIGHT TOLERANCE 1-Plumbers must work on lines running across large auditoriums and on the outside of buildings. Must tolerate heights of 100’.
  • LIMITED HEAD ROOM 1-Plumbers must access pipes in crawl spaces. Must work in spaces with limited headroom of 24”.
  • REPETITIVE POSTURE 1 - Plumbers must install hangers and run pipes (step ladder available) requiring ability for overhead reaching. Requires repetitive assumption of posture to access a point 96” from the floor at up to 50 times per hour.
  • REPETITIVE POSTURE 2 -Plumbers must install underground lines. Requires repetitive assumption of posture to access a point 1” from the floor at up to 50 times per
  • SIT 1 - Plumbers must operate vehicle to make house calls. Requires tolerance of seated posture up to 1 hour, for a total of up to 3 hours per 8-hour
  • STAND 1 - Plumbers must perform various tasks including installing pipes, Requires tolerance of standing posture in 4 hour increments up to two times in an 8-hour day.
  • TEMPERATURE 1 - Plumbers must tolerate working environment with inside hot and cold controlled
  • TEMPERATURE 2 - Plumbers must tolerate working environment with inside high and low ambient
  • TEMPERATURE 3 - Plumbers must tolerate working environment with high and low outside
  • VISION 1- Plumbers require the vision to see near, far and depth while handling tools, installing pipes,
  • WALK 1 - Plumbers must access job site by walking up to 2.0 miles in 1
  • OTHER 1- Plumbers perform a variety of tasks including hammering, shoveling and


  • Insects — Sewers - Basements Confined Spaces
  • Animals — Dogs — Cats — Rodents
  • Foul Odors — Grease Traps — Sewage — Sewers — Drain Lines
  • Assuming Responsibilities
  • Termination (Laid Off)
  • Seasonal Work
  • Following Directions
  • Driving and/or Operating Equipment
  • Driving Long Distances to Jobsites
  • Testing — Related Studies — Academic Performance
  • Dirt — Dust — Mud — Grease
  • Exposure to Vapors and Chemicals
  • Communication with Home or Business Owner, Employer, Employees and/or Jobsite Representatives
  • Accepting Responsibility
  • Prioritizing Job-Related Tasks
  • Taking Orders and Getting Along with Others
  • Customer Relations
  • Working with a Partner
  • Professional Appearance and Work Ethics
  • Acceptance of Jobsite Hierarchy (lack of seniority)
  • Working 8 Hour Shifts, Possible Overtime Required Including Saturdays and/or Sundays


  • Serve as a probationary apprentice for a period of six (6) months;
  • Serve a five (5) year apprenticeship including the probationary period;
  • Report to work on a regular basis;
  • Provide your own reliable transportation to and from the job site;
  • Work under the direction of a Journey Worker on the job site and perform job duties satisfactorily;
  • Attend related training classes regularly and maintain an acceptable grade point average;
  • Purchase text material and tools for use in related training classes as required;
  • Abide by all rules and regulations of the Joint Apprenticeship




The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) prohibits employers and other entities like the Joint Apprenticeship Committee, Local 130, UA (JAC) from requesting or requiring genetic information of an individual or family member of the individual, except as specifically allowed by this law.

To comply with this law the JAC asks that you not provide any genetic information when responding to any request for medical information by or on behalf of the JAC, or at any other time during the application process.

“Genetic Information” as defined by GINA, includes an individual’s family medical history, the results of an individual’s or family member’s genetic tests, the fact that an individual or an individual’s family member sought or received genetic services, and genetic information of a fetus carried by an individual’s family member or an embryo lawfully held by an individual or family member receiving assistive reproductive services. 152669


TITLE 29, CFR, SECTION 30.11(a) and (b)

Any Apprentice or applicant for apprenticeship who believes that he or she has been discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex, with regard to apprenticeship or that the equal opportunity standards with respect to his or her selection have not been followed in the operation of an apprenticeship program, may personally or through an authorized representative, file a complaint with the Department of Labor. The complaint must be filed, in writing, no later than 180 days from the date of the alleged discrimination or specified failure to follow the equal opportunity standards. The complaint must include the name; address, and telephone number of the person allegedly discriminated against, the program sponsor involved, and a brief description of the circumstances of the failure to apply the equal opportunity standards and must be signed by the complainant.