The Mechanical Trades Institute –Local 72 Training Center (MTI-72) program has been successfully training apprentices to be Pipefitters, Plumbers, and HVACR Service Technicians since 1936 and became an official Department of Labor registered apprenticeship program in 1942. Thanks to our sponsorships from the Mechanical Contractors Association of Georgia and the Plumbers, Pipefitters & Service Technicians Local Union No 72 tuition is free for all students.
Your education at the MTI-72 Training Center will set you on the path to a lucrative career. Some of our graduates own their contracting businesses while others are Foreman, General Foreman, Superintendents, and even Consultants. How far will your MTI-72 education take you? Mechanical Trades Institute is continually growing–keeping up with the times and making sure that students have the best tools and technology. Utilizing a proven mix of hands-on work, classroom time, and online learning this apprenticeship program will give you the knowledge and experience needed to succeed.
What is Apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a structured training program where students learn a trade by working side-by-side with professionals in the industry. The work site is your classroom and you are paid while you learn.Apprenticeships provide a hands-on workplace experience that students who attend a normal trade school will never be able to replicate. Upon completing your apprenticeship training you will be rewarded with a certificate of completion in your chosen craft. Our apprenticeship program which is sponsored by the Local Union 72 of Atlanta, Georgia is one of over 300 union training centers across the United States and is affiliated with the United Association, a union that consists of Plumbers, Pipefitters, Welders, and HVACR Service Technicians. This United Association training is recognized across the United States, Canada, Australia, and Ireland.
Apprentices receive instruction in the areas of drafting/general piping, math/science, medical gas certification, backflow certification, oxy-acetylene cutting, brazing, soldering, refrigeration, welding, pneumatic/electric controls, green awareness technology, plumbing code, plumbing service, and building automation.
The MTI work-study program allows apprentices to "Earn as They Learn.” They will:
be employed by a major Mechanical Industries Council (MIC) Contractor
train with professional journeymen from the Plumbing, Pipefitting & Service Technicians in Local Union 72
work on major construction projects
receive training in all areas
earn excellent starting pay
be eligible for pay increase once a year by meeting the school and on-the-job hour requirement
be eligible for all union benefits, medical insurance, and retirement plan
MTI is continually growing, keeping up with the times, and making sure that students have the best tools and technology. Online courses will be utilized for first and second year apprentices in 2017-2018 school year and will allow for more flexibility for student learning. Students will receive guided instruction online by MTI instructors while also getting the hands-on practice in our school shops.
Our MTI instructors participate in the United Association Instructor’s Training Program held annually in Ann Arbor, Michigan at Washtenaw Community College. Our instruction utilizes the most up‑to-date technology and techniques available to our industry.
Graduation requirements include completion of a five-year apprenticeship program with over 10,000 hour of training (over 1100 hours of classroom training and at least 8,500 hours of on-the-job training).
Our mission is to provide a superior educational program for apprentice plumbers, pipefitters, and HVACR service technicians that integrate technical, on-the-job, and academic training to meet the employment and personal needs of our contractors, customers, and the communities we serve.