Paid Apprenticeship Program

Our Training – Experience – Knowledge (TEK) program is designed to create journey tradesman from everyone who completes the program. Howe provides mentorship for every apprentice in the field and guides every him or her through the classroom curriculum and testing to become a journeyman plumber, HVAC, Mechatronics, or Fire Protection technician. Apprentices that complete the TEK Apprenticeship Program at Howe have a testing success rate of 100%.

During the Apprenticeship: Hear from a Current Howe HVAC Apprentice

A paid apprenticeship with Howe offers a different experience than traditional education. You’ll receive active and supervised education for a variety of skilled trades while earning money and simultaneously working toward your professional title, with only a fraction of your time spent in class.


$20/Hour Starting Wage with Full Benefits


$20 with full benefits. As an apprentice, you will have access to the same benefit package as a full-time employee. That includes medical with options for a health savings account (HSA) and flexible spending account (FSA), dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, voluntary life and accidental death & dismemberment insurance, supplemental benefits, a TruHearing discount plan, an employee assistance program and 401K retirement plan.

40% Pay Increase Over 4 Years


With a pay increase of 40% over 4 years , that brings the hourly wage to $28 per hour with no prior experience needed once you become a journeyman.

Up to $3,000 in Tools Allocated Year One


On day one, you will receive $500 in hand tools and the opportunity to have an additional $2,500 in Milwaukee power tools the same year. After X years, they are all yours to keep.

PAID On The Job Training, Testing & Licensing, Classroom Training


Howe believes in investing in its employees. This is especially true with education and training. In addition to on-the-job training, where our apprentices receive invaluable mentorship from journeyman co-workers, our TEK program helps employees maintain a higher-level expertise with the latest industry technologies and techniques delivered in a hands-on and classroom style approach (4 hours of classroom time per week). When you are ready for your testing to become a journeyman, Howe is there to get you across the finish line. Howe apprentices have testing success rate of 100% for the last 20 (?) years.


Water is essential to life, and when it comes to delivering it safely – whether you know it or not – you are trusting a plumber. This is truly an essential career that the world could not function without. The evolution in this industry would surprise you. The things you picture when you think of “plumber” no longer apply to this career. Think of a craft, where 3D modeling, precision layout, and working with your hands make a difference to support communities. This four-year program focuses on all aspects of this trade and the variety of things you need to understand to become a licensed journeyman, including testing for state and city licenses.


Comfort has become a part of life and every occupied building uses ductwork to distribute clean, conditioned air to keep us comfortable. In this four-year program you will learn the skills needed to take a hands-on approach to the fabrication and installation of duct work and installation of HVAC equipment. Sheet metal workers are true craftsmen and as you can imagine, technology takes center stage in this trade: from modeling to layout to fabrication.


As an HVAC service technician you will need a strong skill set to troubleshoot and diagnose complex systems and equipment. Our three-year Mechatronics apprenticeship provides training on electronics and mechanical systems so you will understand every component and system performance to confidently operate, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair mechanical equipment of all sizes.


Fire protection systems save lives! Having a well-maintained automatic sprinkler system in place provides security by preventing property damage, injury, and death in the event of disaster. Look around commercial buildings and see the impact you could make with a career in Fire Protection. This self-paced program averages three to four years to complete.

After the Apprenticeship: A Day in the Life of Howe Plumbers

While we are proud of what our apprentices have accomplished, you do not just have to take our word for it. Check out a day in the life of one of our journeyman plumbers after they completed the plumbing apprenticeship program.