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JBLM Welding Class 30 students graduate from UA VIP program

Students who were part of the United Association Veterans in Piping (UA VIP) program Joint Base Lewis-McChord Welding Class 30 graduated on June 13.

After the Class 30 graduates transition out of the military, they will begin their civilian careers in the pipe trades industry. IMG_6044

VIP graduates are guaranteed direct entry into a DOL-registered apprenticeship program with the United Association at an agreed-upon location. 

Army Spc. Diego Martinez said he enjoyed his time in the UA VIP program. He was encouraged to join by a friend who knew someone in the program. 

“It’s been awesome,” Martinez said. “Time sure flew by.”

Martinez said it has been amazing to watch everything they’ve learned come together. 

“I joined the UA VIP program for my family and because I was always interested in the trade,” Martinez said. 

Martinez and the other Welding Class 30 students were taught by journeyman instructor Jeremy Rood. Students received both classroom instruction and hands-on training. 

Welding Class 30 students had the opportunity to learn oxy-fuel cutting and SMAW and GRAW welding on plates and pipes. They could also receive certifications in SMAW and GTAW pipe welding, which will travel with them to their future civilian careers.

VIP graduates will know how to perform proper installation, maintenance and repair of various piping systems before entering their apprenticeship programs. 

The UA VIP program offers 118 days of training to help transitioning service members prepare for a civilian career in welding, HVACR or fire suppression at the following seven military installations:

Start a rewarding career with UA VIP 

As the demand for skilled professionals grows, the UA VIP program provides a unique opportunity for active-duty service members seeking to transition into the pipe trades. 

IMG_6047UA VIP program graduates can acquire skills in welding, HVACR or fire suppression. These trades provide stable employment, competitive wages and numerous opportunities for career advancement. 

The UA VIP program has a proven track record of empowering program graduates to achieve financial stability, career longevity and access to quality health insurance.

VIP remains committed to supporting military members ready to transition into a rewarding civilian career.

After transitioning from the military, students will begin their five-year apprenticeship program with a UA Local Union. 

Apprentices receive competitive wages and comprehensive health insurance for themselves and their families. They will also begin contributing to a pension and a 401K, securing their financial future for retirement. 

If you are an active-duty service member looking for a new, rewarding career once you transition from the military, check out the UA VIP program