The United Association Veterans In Piping Program offers three distinct pipe trade programs: HVAC-R, Welding and Fire Protection.

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HVAC-R Service Technician

A service technician's work covers the general responsibilities for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R). This includes the installation and maintenance of various heating and cooling systems for residential, commercial, institutional and industrial applications. 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 VIP Programs at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Naval Station Norfolk.



Welders works in every area of the construction industry where metals and alloys are joined. They work with plumbers, pipefitters, sprinkler fitters, and HVAC-R technicians. Work includes 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, drawings, and specifications for the job. They must measure, cut and weld using various methods and tools.

Training in the welding field is currently offered through VIP Programs at Camp LejeuneCamp PendletonFort CampbellFort CarsonFort Hood, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord.


Fire Suppression

Fire Suppression Fitters have detailed knowledge of fire codes and the methods for installation of sprinkler piping systems, and a responsibility for life safety in residential, commercial and industrial applications. They install numerous fire suppression systems including, but not limited to, wet, dry, pre-action, deluge, and chemical fire protection and extinguishing systems.

A Fire Suppression Fitter installs and maintains 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 a VIP Program at Fort Campbell.

“Applying for the VIP program was the best decision I ever made."
— Rachel Lablance, VIP - Marine Corp

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