Apprenticeship Program

Apprenticeship is both an ancient tradition and a highly effective modern training method, proving to still be the best system for trades training. This is 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. The rewards of Union Apprenticeship Training are the good wages and benefits you receive as a skilled craftsperson. You’ll be working under the protection of a union contract with insurance, pension and health and welfare benefits. In the long run, it pays to become a Indiana State Pipe Trades Association & United Association Member, trained through Union Apprenticeship!

Apprentices earn while they learn
Apprentices get paid while they train on the job and attend day and/or night classes. 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.

About the Program
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 in the trade, with core courses in basics such as mathematics, science, drafting, welding and other pipe trades related courses. At a certain point, apprentices can choose a specific path to follow, to be trained as a journeyman plumber, pipefitter, sprinkler fitter, and HVACR Technician.

Our Training Coordinators





Broc Buczolich Broc Buczolich, local 172

Judges trainers helpers 2 (2) Chris Brown, local 166

Don Bough Don Bough, local 440

Jason Blondin Jason Blondin, local 136

Rich Cheever Rich Cheever, local 157

Lee Culver Lee Culver, local 210





2 thoughts on “Apprenticeship Program

  1. I am interested in finding an apprenticeship program for HVAC or Welding. I am a Veteran who is looking to find a career to grow within and that help me raise a family.

  2. My name is Steven Richards and I am very interested in pursuing a career as a sprinkler fitter. I applied with a large company in Noblesville, IN but as a 2018 high school graduate, do not have the experience they are looking for. They have recommended that I go to trade school for “mechanical engineering” or “piping” and then applying again. What do you recommend as a career path to being a sprinkler fitter? One other recommendation was to go to work for another company to gain experience, but that doesn’t really make sense to me. If another company hires me, I’d obviously rather be loyal to them rather than leave for the company that rejected me in the first place. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

    Steven Richards

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