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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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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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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 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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VIP Program, U.A. Local 100 in Dallas Honored

Mar 30, 2017 2:46:06 PM

Dallas County officials honored the UA VIP Program and Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 100 in Dallas in late February with a resolution for their work transitioning military members.

Local 100 currently has 241 apprentices enrolled in their apprenticeship program, with 13 coming from the UA VIP welding program. In April, the Local will welcome their first UA VIP HVAC apprentice.

By displaying a great work ethic, VIP members have created a wonderful reputation with contractors in Local 100’s jurisdiction. The contractors know VIP members are reliable and work hard, which is why they are eager to put VIP graduates to work the day they arrive in the Dallas area.

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HVACR and Welding VIP Classes Graduate from JBLM

Dec 10, 2015 2:00:00 PM

More than 25 students graudated from the Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord after completing 18 weeks of accelerated training.

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Apr 10, 2015 1:45:00 AM

The UA's Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program was featured on Friday night's CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. Watch the clip at

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Honorable Keith Kelly Visits UA’s JBLM Veterans In Piping Programs

Mar 12, 2014 3:08:00 AM

On March 5, 2014, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) was host to the Honorable Keith Kelly, Assistant Secretary of the Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS), U.S. Department of Labor, to showcase the United Association (UA) Veterans In Piping (VIP) program that is ongoing both on and off base. Currently at JBLM, the HVACR (heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration) program is held on base at the Stone Education Center, while the welding program is held off base at UA Local 26 in Lacey, Washington.

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The UA's Latest VIP Graduation—Accelerating an HVACR Career

Sep 3, 2013 3:40:00 AM

Jamison Atchley, one of the most recent graduates from the United Association’s (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) HVACR (Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration) program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), stated, “I feel very fortunate to be in this union,” and he meant it. As his grandparents, mom, cousins and mother-in-law (his wife is still deployed) looked on, Brother Atchley accepted his certificate that confirmed his completion of the UA’s first, on-base HVACR class for active-duty military. The class successfully graduated 10 apprentices on August 20, 2013.

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VIP Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service Technicians (HVACR) — Supplying Soldiers with a Career in the Growing HVACR Sector

Aug 2, 2013 3:47:00 AM

This past May, the United Association (UA) successfully graduated its first active-duty Army Veterans In Piping (VIP) welding class from its Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) training site. As the welding graduates moved on to their new apprenticeships and careers, another class of UA VIPs—the first class of UA HVACR service technician candidates—started their 18-week program. The first class of JBLM HVACR VIPs will graduate at the end of August.

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