Once they transition out of the military, the graduates of the United Association Veterans in
Piping (UA VIP) Fort Campbell Sprinkler Fitting Class 8 will continue to protect America, but in a
different role than they served in the armed forces.
They will safeguard and protect America’s buildings and infrastructure, as well as people’s lives,
from the threat of devastating fires.
Over the course of 18 weeks, the graduates learned key skills in inspecting, installing and
repairing fire sprinkler systems alongside an experienced journeyman through a combination of
classroom instruction and hands-on experience.
The graduates received training in threading and grooving, system riser valve training, CPVC
installation, rigging and signaling and soldering and brazing.
The UA VIP program is a Career Skills Program (CSP) that prepares transitioning active-duty
service members for good paying civilian careers with benefits. UA VIP graduates are
guaranteed a good paying, civilian job after the military.
Transitioning active-duty service members are eligible to apply for the UA VIP program during
their last 18 months of service. Classes are available in welding, HVACR and fire sprinkler
fitting. Training takes place at select military bases throughout the country. The program holds
classes during the students’ enlistment period and is considered part of their military
A good job with a living wage and quality healthcare
Once they transition out of the military, the Class 8 graduates will go on to join UA registered
apprenticeship programs in Cincinnati, and Chattanooga and Nashville, Tenn. They will all
become members of Sprinkler Fitters Local 669.
During their apprenticeships, the graduates will earn good union pay that increases as they
progress through the program and expand their skills. They will quickly become eligible for
quality healthcare for their families. They will start earning a pension and a 401K for their
Once they complete their apprenticeship, they will become journeymen with numerous
opportunities for advancement. Some will continue to work for union contractors. Some will
launch their own business. A few may even become UA VIP instructors and teach others key
skills to begin careers in the pipe trades.
Learn more about the welding and fire sprinkler fitting opportunities available through the UA
VIP program at Fort Campbell.