UNITED ASSOCIATION VETERANS IN PIPING PROGRAM
Union Plumbers, Fitters, Welders and Service Technicians

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The UA Veterans in Piping Program offers career preparation training in three disciplines within the piping industry.

The UA VIP Program was created to address a growing shortage in the construction industry of skilled workers due to the combined effects of an aging workforce, increased demand, and a lack of skills training for youth. The highly skilled and trained graduates of the VIP Program help alleviate this shortage by entering directly into careers within these in-demand industries nationwide.

HVACRHVAC-R

A service technician's work covers the general responsibilities for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R). This would include the installation and maintenance of all sizes of heating and cooling systems for residential, commercial, institutional and industrial applications. Some job specific applications include complete gas piping installations, high voltage electrical components, testing and analyzing and start-up of systems.

Training in the HVAC-R field is currently offered through UA VIP Programs at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Naval Station Norfolk.

The UA VIP accelerated HVAC-R program consists of 720 hours of training in a variety of topics, including:

  • Job Safety & Health
  • OSHA 30 hour card
  • Use & Care of Tools
  • First aid & CPR card from American Heart Association
  • Related mathematics
  • Electrical Safety in the workplace
  • UA Standards of Excellence
  • Customer service training
  • Study & practice of the interconnection of piping systems with an emphasis on brazing of copper pipe
  • UA 51 Brazing certification

WeldingWELDING

A welder works in every area of the construction industry where metals and alloys are joined. They will work with plumbers, pipefitters, sprinkler fitters and HVAC-R techs. Work will include installation, maintenance and repair of all types of piping systems as well as joining structural steel brackets and supports for such systems. A welder has to work in many different environments and in all types of positions. Welders will study blueprints, drawing, and specifications for the job and must measure, cut and weld using various methods and tools.

Training in the welding field is currently offered through the UA VIP Programs at Camp Lejeune, Camp Pendleton, Fort Campbell, Fort Carson, Fort Hood, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The UA VIP accelerated Welding program consists of 720 hours of training in a variety of topics, including:

  • Job Safety & Health
  • OSHA 30 hour card
  • Use & Care of Tools
  • UA Heritage
  • UA Standards for Excellence
  • Related Mathematics
  • Oxy-Fuel Cutting
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (Goal is a UA 21 weld Cert)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (Goal is a UA 41 weld cert)
  • Basic Pipe Fitting

Fire Sprinkler FitterFIRE SPRINKLER FITTERS

Fire Sprinkler Fitters have detailed knowledge of fire codes and the methods for installation of fire protection systems and a responsibility for life safety in residential, commercial and industrial applications. They install wet, dry, pre-action, deluge and chemical fire protection and extinguishing systems, just to name a few.

As a Fire Sprinkler Fitter, you will install and maintain high and low pressure piping, equipment and devices to supply fire protection systems with water, foam, carbon dioxide and other materials in hospitals, commercial buildings, manufacturing plants, homes and apartment buildings.

Training in the fire protection field is currently offered through the UA VIP Program at Fort Campbell.

The UA VIP accelerated Fire Sprinkler Fitting program consists of 720 hours of training in a variety of topics, including:

  • Job Safety & Health/ OSHA 30 hour card/ Use & Care of Tools
  • UA Heritage
  • UA Standards for Excellence
  • Related Mathematics
  • Rigid 300 machine
  • Introduction to Automatic Sprinklers
  • Sprinkler Hazard Classifications
  • Basic drawing for the Sprinkler Fitter
  • Reading Automatic Sprinkler Drawings
  • Boom Lift, Scissor Lift & fork Lift Certification
  • Basic Rigging
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