FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSSome answers to questions you may have about the VIP Program,
What are the Eligibility Requirements?
VIP is open to military personnel preparing to leave the service and currently stationed at a participating base. Participants must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or equivalent and be physically capable of performing work.
Do I need any pipe trades experience?
There is no experience required.
What is a union? Are you a union-only program?
A union is an organization of workers joined together in a common goal; to mutually aid and protect, to engage in concerted activity and collected bargaining, and to elevate their conditions of life and labor. It is an organization by which ordinary people do extraordinary things. And yes, the UA VIP Program is union only.
What are the benefits of joining a union?
Becoming a member of the United Association creates the opportunity for a future with high pay, great medical insurance and one of the best pension plans in the nation. Furthermore, UA members get a top quality education, with opportunities to learn the latest technologies even after apprenticeship. They are always able to expand and improve their skillset, making them more desirable to employers across the nation.
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a mixture of classroom instruction and on-the-job training. Like a college, students receive advanced instruction preparing them for their careers. Unlike a college, students earn while they learn, receiving wages for their work on the job. A typical apprenticeship lasts 5 years, but VIP graduates usually enter at a higher level and complete their training in less time.
How long does it take to get a job?
The pace of the hiring process is determined by the local union. Labor demands generally dictate the number of apprentices accepted each year. All employment arrangements are conducted through the Local Union Joint Apprenticeship Committee.
How much will I get paid?
The pay scale and benefits are determined by the collective bargaining agreement that each local union makes with their respective signatory contractors. Compensation varies across the country.
How does VIP compare to other programs like Helmets to Hardhats and Hire a Hero?
The UA Veterans in Piping Program was set up to complement existing programs that place veterans into construction careers. We actively support those programs that similarly give back to our veterans. Through the UA VIP Program, we are simply expanding our ability to reach out to these potential candidates. This dedicated website also allows us to further elaborate on the career opportunities that are available within the UA.