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When an applicant is accepted into a UA Local Union apprenticeship program, for example Pipefitters Local 274, it is similar to receiving a full-ride, tuition-free scholarship. While learning the trade, when work is available, they will work for a contractor and earn wages to help support their families and benefits to enjoy such as retirement.

Individuals who enter our five-year apprenticeship program are part of a select group of men and women motivated to learn a complex and challenging trade while upholding the ideals of trade unionism. All applicants are evaluated on the same fair basis, without regard to race, age, sex, national origin or religious affiliation.

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 on-the-job training and 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 science. . The greatest Training Facilities and Resources for learning these respected trades can be found in the UA Pipefitter’s Local 274 is comprised of two separate trades and apprenticeships. The first being the Building Trades Pipefitter or Construction Division and the second is the HVAC Division. Both of these divisions offer great opportunities for individuals eager to learn the trade.

The learning that takes place in apprenticeship has been assessed by the American Council on Education and other organizations and colleges so that an apprentice can complete an associate of arts or associate of science degree simultaneously with journey-level credentials in the craft of their choice.
One thing that makes the UA training program so successful is that it is a joint partnership between labor and management. All training programs are run through local joint training committees in specific cities or regions.

Apprentices will earn a very competitive starting wage along with fringe benefits that include, Vacation Fund, Health & Welfare, Pension Fund, and Annuity Fund. Upon completion of the Apprenticeship you can earn the highest wages in your respective trade as well as fringe benefits that include a retirement that most American workers can only dream of.

To learn more and find out if the Building Trades Apprenticeship or HVAC Apprenticeship is right for you, explore the links below:

Building Trades

Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (UA-NJ)