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UA VIP Program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord graduates Welding Class 13 and HVACR Class 12

Nov 16, 2017 3:03:00 PM

The United Association Veterans in Piping Program (UAVIP) is proud to announce that it graduated a combined 18 transitioning military service members from Joint Base Lewis-McChord Welding and HVACR Programs.

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Camp Pendleton UA VIP Program Welding Class 25 graduates 16 members

Sep 28, 2017 12:06:34 PM

It was a special day for the Camp Pendleton UA VIP Program Welding Class 25, as 16 members graduated from the intensive 18-week training program.

On Sept. 21, the class, made up entirely of Marines, graduated from the UA VIP Program’s 25th Welding Class at Camp Pendleton. During the training program, students learned basic welding skills related to the pipe trades. Following their discharge from active military service, the members will all have jobs waiting for them with a UA contractor in an agreed upon geographical area.

In addition to a job, each VIP graduate will enter a UA apprenticeship program, where they will receive additional free classroom and on-the-job training in the pipe trades on their way to becoming a journeymen.

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9 members of UA VIP Program graduate from Fort Hood Welding Class 9

Sep 28, 2017 10:15:36 AM

The United Association Veterans in Piping Program graduated nine members from its recent Fort Hood Welding Class 9.

Once discharged from active military service, the soon-to-be veterans will all have jobs waiting for them with a UA contractor in an agreed upon geographical area. In addition to jobs, VIP graduates also enter a UA apprenticeship program, where they undergo additional training in the pipe trades on their way to becoming journeymen.

On Sept. 21, the recent Fort Hood graduates showed off their welding skills to those who attended an open house. Attendees saw first-hand how the graduates learned to weld throughout the 18-week accelerated training course.

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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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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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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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20 members graduate from Fort Campbell VIP Program Welding Class 6

Apr 7, 2017 11:00:00 AM

The UA VIP Program is proud to announce all 20 members of its sixth Fort Campbell Welding Class graduated in mid-March.

The class, comprised of members of the Army, is now prepared to begin the next phase of their life as they transition out of the armed forces.

The class members – 19 males and one female – underwent an intensive 18-week training course to introduce them to welding and prepare them for an United Association apprenticeship.

Fort Campbell UA VIP Training Instructor Michael Smith called the work ethic displayed by this class as top-notch.

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UA VIP Helps Michael Cruz get into Dream Career

Mar 15, 2017 1:38:33 PM

Growing up, Michael Cruz had always wanted to be a welder. In fact, prior to joining the service, he went to school for welding.

When he learned the VIP Program at Fort Campbell could place him in his dream career, Cruz jumped at the chance to apply to the free job-training program.

When he graduates from the program, Cruz will be able to transition directly into the United Association’s apprenticeship program with guaranteed employment.

VIP has helped him ease the stress and burden of transitioning out of the military. 

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UA VIP Graduates Recognized in New York Post article

Mar 13, 2017 11:17:57 AM

The article Veterans revamp the tri-state area one project at a time by the New York Post introduces three New York area construction workers who proudly served their country. Two of the those highlighted workers excelled through the Veterans In Piping Program.

With resounding courage, Alejandro Francis and Jason Price served as part of the United States Marine Corps. Both also completed the United Association (UA) Veterans In Piping (VIP) Program at Camp Lejeune in 2014. 

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