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JBLM HVAC-R Class 29 students ready for careers after graduation

The students in Joint Base Lewis-McChord HVAC-R Class 29 graduated from the United Association Veterans in Piping (UA VIP) program on June 13. 

The UA VIP program was designed to help active military members who are in their last six months of service prepare for a civilian career through DOD SkillBridge training in the pipe trades. 

The program provides transitioning active-duty service members with the skills and basic education needed to begin a successful civilian career in the pipe trades before their military commitment is complete.

Soon, the students in Class 29 will begin their new civilian careers as HVAC-R technicians. 

HVAC-R Class 29 students were taught by experienced journeyman instructor Dave Gibson. Gibson taught the class through classroom instruction and hands-on training. 

“Class 29 was a great class,” Gibson said. “They were motivated, quick learners and eager to start their new careers in the UA. I wish them the best.”

Students graduated knowing the basics of how to install and maintain heating, cooling and refrigeration systems in residential, commercial and industrial areas. 

During their time in the program, Class 29 graduates had the opportunity to earn certifications in HVAC refrigeration, UA 51 brazing, OSHA and more. image (2)

For 118 days, active duty service members in their last six months of service can learn the basics of welding, HVAC-R or fire suppression through the UA VIP program. 

The UA VIP program is available at the following military bases:

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UA VIP graduates receive numerous benefits from the program, such as extensive training and guaranteed job placement through a DOL-registered apprenticeship program. 

As new UA members, there are numerous opportunities for career progression. Starting as an apprentice, the UA provides classroom and on-the-job training to grow and develop apprentices into highly skilled journey-level workers.

After completing the five-year apprenticeship program, UA VIP graduates will become certified journeymen. Journeymen can continue to grow in their trade and go on to become foremen, instructors, superintendents, project managers and more. 

Transitioning active-duty service members from all service branches can apply for the UA VIP program.