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JBLM HVAC-R Class 28 begins

The United Association Veterans in Piping (UA VIP) program provides transitioning active-duty service members a chance to prepare for a civilian career in the pipe trades before they complete their military transition.

On Sept. 26, transitioning active duty service members began the UA VIP HVACR program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. 

Designed to help active duty service members transition from the military to a new civilian career, the VIP program guarantees graduates job security after leaving the military. 

Students training for HVAC-R careers will earn certifications in HVAC refrigeration, UA 51 brazing, OSHA and more. 

The accelerated HVAC-R program is a DoD SkillBridge program provided free of charge, direct entry into a UA apprenticeship program and guaranteed job placement. 

Transitioning active-duty service members are encouraged to apply to any of the following bases:

A new career is waiting for you

After graduating from the UA VIP program, students will be placed into a UA Department of Labor (DOL) UA-registered apprenticeship program at an agreed-upon location. 

Graduates completing the apprenticeship will become journeymen, creating extensive opportunities and career paths for themselves. 

Journeymen are highly skilled and can manage apprentices, start their own businesses or become instructors, among other career paths. 

Apprentices will earn good pay while they train to become journeymen and will receive regular wage increases as they learn more skills. 

Service members preparing to leave the service and seeking a civilian career are encouraged to apply to the UA VIP program.