A student in the United Association Veterans in Piping (UA VIP) Program HVAC-R Class 10 said the training he and his fellow classmates receive is phenomenal.
For Navy Aviation Structural Mechanic Third Class Dustin Aslinger, HVAC-R Class 10 has been a positive experience.
“My experience has been phenomenal with all the hands-on training that is associated in learning,” he said.
Hands-on learning plays a large and crucial role in the UA VIP Program, which is a free 18-week Skillbridge training course for transitioning active-duty military service members and guarantees graduates a job when they return to civilian life. Participants are taught basic piping industry skills through a combination of classroom and hands on learning.
At Naval Station Norfolk, UA VIP participants learn skills pertaining to the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) trade.
Upon successful completion of the program and transition out of the military, UA VIP graduates will go to work for a UA contractor and join the UA’s five-year registered apprenticeship program in an agreed upon location nationwide. As an apprentice, they will earn livable wages, raises as they expand their skillset and advance through the apprenticeship program as well as receive excellent family health insurance and be enrolled in great retirement programs, including a 401k plan and a pension.
UA VIP Naval Station Norfolk Lead Instructor Marvin Donnell is pleased with the progression his students have made so far in HVAC-R Class 10.
“They are one of the best classes I have had as far as grasping techniques and being able to perform given instruction,” he said.
Members of HVAC-R are scheduled to graduate from the UA VIP Program in late November.
Before then though, they have a lot to learn about the trade.
Discover more about the HVAC-R program at Naval Station Norfolk by clicking here.