UNITED ASSOCIATION VETERANS IN PIPING PROGRAM
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AND HAPPENINGS WITH VIP

Take a look at some of the newsworthy items for the VIP program.

On Aug. 30, 16 transitioning military service members -- eight students from Welding Class 15 and eight students from HVAC-R Class 14 – officially completed the free 18-week career training program that provides participants with the education and skills to begin a career in the piping industry.

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I had no idea what I was going to do when I left the Army. I was probably going to be an airplane mechanic, but then I saw an advertisement for the VIP Welding program at JBLM, and it was really interesting to me.

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Patrick Schmitz graduated from the Camp Pendleton VIP Welding program in 2015. In the Marine Corps, he said that initially he was interested in pursuing a career as an aircraft mechanic, until he heard about the United Association’s VIP Welding program at Camp Pendleton.

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Upon successful completion of the UA VIP Program and successful transition out of the armed forces, UA VIP graduates will begin their careers in the piping industry with a United Association. These guaranteed jobs will provide UA VIP members with livable wages and excellent benefits.

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The United Association Veterans in Piping (UAVIP) Program offers active-duty transitioning military service members with the opportunity to start a career in the pipe trades through guaranteed job placement with a UA signatory contractor and direct entry into the UA’s apprenticeship program.

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One solution to this problem for active-duty military service members preparing to transition out of the armed forces is to apply for the United Association Veterans in Piping (UA VIP) Program, which provides free career training and guaranteed job placement in the pipe trades.

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“They mentioned guaranteed job,” Scott said, “and that immediately piqued my interest. We had just had a baby boy, and we used our savings to eliminate debt to make things easier for us during the transition. ”

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The United Association Veterans in Piping (UA VIP) Program is proud to announce the graduation of 15 transitioning active-duty military service members that made up Camp Pendleton UA VIP Welding Class 27.

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The UA VIP Program is a free, 18-week accelerated training program available to active-duty military service members who are preparing to transition out of the armed forces. Participants receive classroom instruction and perform hands-on training to prepare them for the five-year UA apprenticeship.

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Ten transitioning service members of the United Association Veterans in Piping Program (UA VIP) Fort Carson Welding Class 12 celebrated their recent graduation with a congratulatory picnic and networking event in mid-June.

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