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UA VIP students begin class in preparation for new HVACR careers

UA VIP students begin class in preparation for new HVACR careers

Transitioning active-duty service members are about to change their lives with new civilian careers in the HVACR industry.

They are members of Naval Station Norfolk HVACR Class 17 in the United Association Veterans in Piping (UA VIP) program.

It’s an exciting time — class just began. Over the course of 18 weeks, the students will learn how to install, repair and maintain heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems and gain foundational skills in preparation for a good paying career after leaving the military.

The students will train alongside an experienced journeyman instructor through a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on experience. They will earn industry recognized certifications that will help them progress into a UA registered apprenticeship after they transition out of the military.

The UA VIP program is a Career Skills Program that prepares transitioning active-duty service members for careers in the pipe trades after they get out of the military. The training takes place during the last few months of a student’s military enlistment. 

UA VIP training is available in welding, HVACR and fire sprinkler fitting and takes place at select military bases throughout the country. Transitioning active-duty service members become eligible to enroll in their last 18 months of service.


UA VIP class is the beginning of a great career

UA VIP students are guaranteed job placement after the military.

After the UA VIP students complete the class and transition out of the military, they will begin a UA registered apprenticeship at an agreed upon location. As they train to become journeymen, they will earn good union pay that progressively increases as they hone their skills. They quickly become eligible for quality healthcare for their families. And they start earning a pension and a 401K for their retirement.

Once they complete their apprenticeship, they have multiple avenues for career progression. Some will start their own businesses. Others will become foramen. Some will continue working for union contractors or even become UA VIP instructors preparing the next generation of transitioning active-duty service members for amazing careers.

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