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 an Indiana State Pipe Trades Association & United Association Member, trained through union apprenticeship!
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.