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Fort Campbell Welding Class 20 graduates, are ready to start careers

UA VIP | Fort Campbell Welding Class 20 Graduates Are Ready To Start Union Careers

Congratulations are in order for the group of students graduating in mid-May 2023 from the United Association (UA) Veterans In Piping (VIP) Program Fort Campbell Welding Class 20.  

The UA VIP program is a Department of Defense SkillBridge program. Over the course of 18 weeks, the Class 20 students trained alongside an experienced journeyman instructor through a combination of classroom experience and hands-on training. 

Most of the students earned certifications like oxy-fuel cutting, SMAW plate welding, SPAW and GTAW pipe welding and SMAW pipe spooling. These will set them apart and position each graduate to succeed in the industry when they begin their registered apprenticeship with the UA after a successful military transition to a civilian career. 

After working through the placement process, UA VIP Fort Campbell Welding Class 20 student U.S. Army Sgt. Christopher Anderson knows he will son be a member of Local 174 in Western Michigan. 

“I expect a lot of work and effort from myself. I set goals and have a certain understanding of my place when I first arrive at my Local,” he said.  

“My experience with the VIP program so far has been nothing short of amazing.” Anderson continued, “it is one of the most challenging courses I have ever undertaken. You have to have a passion and a love for this career.”

The UA VIP program guarantees employment for all graduates and does not require the use of any GI Bill funds for the training. 

Guaranteed employment as graduates become UA members

The UA VIP program is designed to help military members transition out of the service and into a civilian career that starts with the UA registered apprenticeship program.

During their UA apprenticeship training, students will earn a good union wage while learning the trade. They will quickly become eligible for quality healthcare for themselves and their families. On top of that, they will earn a pension and a 401K for their retirement and receive raises as they progress through the apprenticeship.

After completing their apprenticeship training, they become journeymen, and this opens up numerous opportunities for career advancement. Many will work for UA signatory contractors, while others may eventually start their own businesses, work as foremen or superintendents or even become UA instructors themselves.

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The UA Veterans In Piping program at Fort Campbell offers classes in welding and fire suppression. 

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