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Fort Carson Graduates 10th Welding Class

Sep 8, 2017 12:04:14 PM

For members of the United Association Veterans in Piping Program at Fort Carson, the rigorous welding course is about to pay off. 

On Aug. 31, 11 students graduated from the 10th UA VIP Welding Class Fort Carson. One graduate came from the Air Force, while the others were enlisted in the Army.

Welding Class 10 began on May 1 and following intensive hands-on training and classroom education, the 11 members are now looking ahead to life after they are discharged from the service.

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Naval Station Norfolk holds Open House

Aug 11, 2017 10:29:36 AM

The United Association Veterans In Piping held an Open House at Naval Station Norfolk to celebrate the graduation of the most recent HVACR class.

In the place of a graduation ceremony, members, military leaders at Naval Station Norfolk and United Association representatives will attend the UA VIP Open House on August 10, 2017 at the VIP training center.Members of UA VIP Naval Station Norfolk Class 4 gather for a picture following their graduation cermemony.

Displays throughout the training center were set up to act as an exhibition for the nine graduates of Naval Station Norfolk’s fourth HVACR class to demonstrate the skills they have learned.

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11 Graduates honored after completing Fort Campbell United Association Veterans in Piping Program Welding Class 7

Aug 8, 2017 12:36:01 PM

The United Association Veterans in Piping Program is proud to announce the graduation of its Fort Campbell Welding Class 7.  On Aug. 3, 11 active-duty members of Fort Campbell successfully completed the free career-training program that teaches transitioning military members basic welding skills to begin a successful career in the pipe trades.

Thanks to the UA VIP Program, these transitioning service members will not face the stress of searching for a job that most military members experience upon their discharge. The Fort Campbell Welding Class 7 graduates are guaranteed a job with a UA contractor, which gives them an opportunity to earn a livable wage.

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JBLM Graduates Welding Class 12 and HVAC-R Class 11

Jul 14, 2017 9:03:00 AM

The United Association Veterans in Piping Program proudly announces the graduation of its VIP Program Joint Base Lewis-McChord Welding Class 12 and HVAC-R Class 11 on July 13.

Nine service members graduated from the welding class and eight graduated from the HVAC-R class. The UA VIP Program provides servicemen and servicewoman at JBLM with free career training in the piping trades so they can begin a career with the UA upon their discharge from the military.

“The long-standing partnership that has formed between the United Association and the leadership at JBLM has been very fruitful for both parties, but the real winners are these fine young military service members of JBLM's UA VIP welding and HVAC-R classes,” said Mike Hazard, UA VIP Administrator and military veteran. “The VIP graduates of welding 12 and HVAC-R class 11 have proved through their hard work and dedication over the past 18 weeks that they are ready to make an immediate impact with their newly developed skills in their new careers as UA apprentices; and we wish them the best of luck!”

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UA VIP offers job security, less stress during military transition

Jul 12, 2017 10:03:36 AM

As Sergeant William Kindermann was preparing to leave the service, he found himself thinking more and more about his future.

It’s natural to have some apprehension about the unknown, but one aspect of Kindermann’s future life was already certain: The start of a new and rewarding civilian career thanks to the free welding training he received through the United Association’s Veterans in Piping Program.

Upon leaving the military, Kindermann will have a job waiting for him as an apprentice welder with a UA contractor.

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Fort Sill graduates Sprinkler Fitting Class 6

Jul 10, 2017 4:39:33 PM

The United Association Veterans in Piping Program at Fort Sill graduated four members on June 14 from its Sprinkler Fitting Class 6.

These four individuals began on-base training for a sprinkler fitting career on Feb. 13 under the instruction of Robert Carr. Just 18 weeks later, the group completed the accelerated program.

Upon their discharge from active duty, the new UA VIP alumni will each head to an agreed upon area of the country to begin their civilian lives as UA apprentices, earning a livable wage working in the lifesaving field of sprinkler fitting.

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Fort Campbell UA VIP Instructor honored

May 26, 2017 8:48:37 AM

Fort Campbell recently honored the UA VIP Program and its instructors.

Michael Smith, on behalf of his entire Fort Campbell VIP training staff, accepted an award from the Installation Management Command at Fort Campbell.

The Fort Campbell United Association Veterans in Piping Program teaches transitioning soldiers the basics of welding, which will prepare them for a welding career in the UA.

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JBLM Welding Class 12 learns basic pipefitting techniques

May 22, 2017 8:02:00 AM

Members of JBLM Welding Class 12 are starting on a class project to simulate position welding in the field.

Seven weeks into the 18-week accelerated program, Kris McAferty, JBLM VIP Welding lead instructor, feels his students are doing a good job understanding the coursework.

At this stage of the course, they learn to cut and prep pipe and fitting, as well the basic techniques of pipefitting. 

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JBLM member calls VIP Program a ‘Great opportunity’

May 19, 2017 10:18:00 AM

Jeremy Patterson believes the United Association Veterans in Piping Program provides him and his fellow transitioning military members a great opportunity.

Patterson, who is stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, heard about the program by while serving as his battalion’s SFL-TAP coordinator, helping members transition out of the military.

“It’s a great opportunity that can lead to a very rewarding career,” he said.

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Fort Hood Graduates 8th Welding Class

May 17, 2017 9:31:18 AM

The United Association Veterans in Piping Program is proud to announce graduation of 14-service members stationed at Fort Hood from their on-base welding program.

Over the span of 18 weeks, instructors Louis Purcella and Alvin Davis taught their students the fundamentals of welding and helped them gain the skills necessary to start a successful career in the welding field.

Those members who completed Fort Hood Welding Class 8 will have jobs waiting for them once they officially discharge from the service.

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