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Ten Members Graduate from Naval Station Norfolk UA VIP HVACR Class 5

The United Association Veterans in Piping Program (UA VIP) held an Open House at Naval Station Norfolk to celebrate the graduation of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) Class 5.

“The UA is very proud of the work ethic displayed by the graduates of Naval Station Norfolk UA VIP Class 5 and wishes them the best of luck as they enter into their new careers as UA apprentices,” said UA VIP Administrator Mike Hazard.

UA VIP Naval Station Norfolk HVACR Class 5 gradyates show off their new tool bags.

“I can tell you it has been an honor to know these students and a privilege to have been able to spend the last 18 weeks with them,” said Marvin Donnell, Naval Station Norfolk UA VIP Instructor. “I wish them well and hope I have instilled in them that there is no substitute for skilled UA craftsmanship.”

The open house event gave military leaders an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the VIP program as, displays demonstrating the skillset acquired by the 10 HVACR Class 5 graduates were set up throughout the training center. 

All Class 5 graduates, nine men and a woman, are guaranteed a job with a UA contractor in an agreed upon geographical area, which provides them an opportunity to begin working immediately upon transition from the military. This eases the stress of returning to civilian life following their military career, by removing the burden of trying to find employment. 

Once accepted into the UA VIP program, transitioning military members go through an accelerated 18-week training course featuring classroom education and hands-on skills instruction. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are given the opportunity to accept direct entry into a 5-year apprenticeship program at an agreed upon United Association Local nationwide. Upon transition from the military, graduates will begin a United Association apprenticeship and are guaranteed employment with a UA signatory contractor. 

UA VIP Naval Station Norfolk HVACR Class 5 Graduates

For more information on the Naval Station Norfolk UA HVACR Program, please submit your information by clicking here.