Explore a rewarding career through an apprenticeship with the United Association.
UA apprentices learn through both classroom and on-the-job training in what is considered by many to be the best construction industry apprentice program in the world. The five-year apprenticeship period is divided into one-year segments, each of which includes 1,700 to 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and a minimum of 246 hours of related classroom instruction.
All UA apprentices receive a strong general education background in the trade, with core courses in basics such as mathematics, mechanical drafting, and related sciences. Apprentices can choose a specific curriculum to pursue with the goal of becoming a journeyman plumber, pipefitter, fire sprinkler fitter, or HVAC-R (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration) service technician.
All training programs are run through United Association local joint training committees in specific cities or regions. One of the things that makes the UA training program so successful is that we view it as a joint partnership between labor and management.
Apprenticeship is a serious and vigorous undertaking; UA apprentices must work the same hours as journeymen, plus attend day or night classes. Yet, this can be a highly rewarding career path for an individual who is motivated to learn the piping trade and become an active member of a proud and noble trade union.