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Camp Lejeune Welding Class 25 begins on-base training

The students in Camp Lejeune Welding Class 25 have started their on-base training as they prepare to transition from military service to civilian careers through the UA VIP program. 

A DOD SkillBridge program, UA VIP prepares students for civilian careers in the pipe trades, offering a unique blend of training and job placement for active-duty service members. 

Charting Personal and Professional Goals

Jacob Mlocki, Gunner Linn and Shane Orris are just a few of the Marines in Class 25 learning basic welding skills.

"My goals for the VIP program are to get my UA-21 and TIG certification," Mlocki said. 

For Linn, the promise of a guaranteed job after transitioning out of the military was appealing.

“I was attracted to the VIP program because it looked like a good program to teach me a new skill, and it guarantees employment,” he said.

While just getting started, Orris has high expectations for his UA VIP training.

“While in the class, I want to receive a UA 21 certification,” he said. “My goal when I am placed in an apprenticeship program with a Local Union is to keep learning and training so I can continue receiving certifications and moving up the ranks.”

Ready for the next chapter

For military members preparing to transition out of the military, the UA VIP program provides a gateway to a fulfilling career in the Union pipe trades. If you're drawn to working with your hands outdoors, the VIP program offers a structured pathway to success in the construction industry, where the work can never be outsourced overseas.

With training available in welding, HVACR and fire suppression at seven select military bases nationwide, the program helps reduce the stress that often occurs when leaving the military.

Transitioning military members can apply to the following locations:

UA Apprenticeship Training

The UA VIP program was designed to help transitioning military members start a new rewarding civilian career once they transition out of the military. Graduates will be placed in an apprenticeship program at an agreed-upon UA Local Union. 

Once in their apprenticeship, VIP graduates will earn quality wages and benefits for themselves and their families. Apprentices will be eligible for raises as they progress through the apprenticeship program and expand their skill set. 

The UA VIP program believes service members have the skill set and discipline to succeed in the piping industry. Those who have sacrificed for our country should receive the support they need when transitioning back to civilian life. 

If you are preparing to transition out of the military and are interested in securing a future in the pipe trades, apply to the UA VIP program.