As equipment, codes and related technologies change in the pipe trades across the UA’s jurisdiction, journeyworkers must stay ahead of the curve to remain competitive in the industry. In fact, UA members are very serious about pursuing lifelong training and most of them take advantage of the many opportunities they have to update and expand their skills. Those skill upgrades are in areas such as Foremanship training, continuing education in safety training, rigging, welding, soldering, brazing, code changes in the various pipe trades to name a few. Most importantly the UA’s journeyworker membership continues to expand their knowledge with the ever-changing industry.
ACCELERATED TRAINING PROGRAMS
The United Association has established programs to create an influx of skilled workers to meet the manpower requests for the future. The UA has developed the Accelerated Welding Program and the Veterans in Piping Program to meet the growing needs in our industry.
The UA Accelerated Welder Training Program is competency based, allowing for each student to progress at his or her own rate of speed. Training is provided to students at no cost. The program runs for 18 weeks in duration, consisting of 720 hours of total instruction time. Classes are administered by local union welding instructors at designated training facilities.
INSTRUCTOR TRAINING PROGRAM
The International Training Fund also offers regional programs for local unions to provide educational resources that expand the techniques, skills and knowledge of both apprentices and journeyworkers within their trade.
The United Association has developed a well-respected and highly effective college accredited program of instructor education consisting of five one-week sessions over a period of five years. The main goals of this program are to:
- Increase UA instructor proficiency in the techniques of instructing and in the use of instructional materials.
- Acquaint instructors with the philosophy and principles of education, especially trade, industrial, and technical education.
- Provide learning experiences in the principles and fundamentals of applied knowledge subjects such as science, mathematics, drawing and electricity.
- Broaden and deepen instructor knowledge of the technical aspects of their craft, and provide instructors with information about the latest developments in the piping industry.
The International Training Fund also offers regional training to local union instructors for the purpose of providing educational resources for expanding the techniques, skills and knowledge of United Association apprentices and journeyworkers within their trade. Courses are designed to help UA instructors enhance their teaching or update their certifications.