The students in Fort Campbell Sprinkler Fitter Class 9 are learning skills that will save lives.
Through the United Association Veterans in Piping program, the students are learning foundational skills to begin careers in the fire sprinkler fitting industry. The work they are learning to do will safeguard buildings and protect countless lives by containing fires from spreading out of control.
Class has just begun. Over the course of 18 weeks, the students will learn how to install, inspect and repair life-saving fire sprinkler systems alongside an experienced journeyman instructor. The coursework includes classroom instruction as well as hands-on training. The students will learn basic skills and gain industry recognized certifications that put them ahead of their peers.
The students in Class 9 will learn threading and grooving, system riser valve training, CPVC installation, rigging and signaling and soldering and brazing.
The UA VIP program is a Career Skills Program (CSP) that prepares transitioning active-duty service members for a career in the pipe trades after they get out of the military. Once they complete the program and transition out of the military, the students are guaranteed jobs and provided direct entry into a UA registered apprenticeship program at an agreed upon location nationwide.
The UA VIP program offers a viable transition to a lucrative civilian career.
Good pay, quality healthcare and the path to a civilian career with the UA
As an apprentice, they will earn good union pay and quickly qualify for quality healthcare for their family. They will start earning a pension and a 401K for their retirement.
Throughout the program, they will earn pay raises as they expand their skills. Once they complete their apprenticeship, they become journeymen with numerous options for career advancement. Some will continue to work for union signatory contractors, maybe becoming a foreman. Others may start their own businesses. Some will even become certified journeymen instructors and teach future UA VIP classes how to launch a career in the fire sprinkler fitting industry.
Transitioning active-duty service members are eligible to apply to the UA VIP program during their last 18 months of service commitment. Training takes place while the students are still in the armed forces and is considered part of their military duties.
The UA VIP program offers training in welding, HVAC and fire sprinkler fitting at select military bases across the country.