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Apprenticeship Recruitment / 2021 School Year



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APPLICATIONS: For five-year apprenticeship program in the Air Conditioning & Refrigeration field will be available from September 14th, 2020 to September 25th, 2020. Applications must be filled out, IN PERSON, at the following time and location: 

Local Union 274

205 Jefferson Road

Parsippany, NJ 07054 
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

REQUIREMENTSA COPY OF BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR EQUIVALENCY (GED), COPY OF HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT AND 3 LETTERS OF REFERENCE, COPY OF DRIVERS LICENSE must be presented to receive an application. (Prior applicants must resubmit the above documents). You must be 18 years of age and have a Valid Photo Driver’s License without major infractions. Successful applicants will be required to pass a drug screening. Veterans please include a copy of your DD-214

NOTE: There will be 75* applications available at Local 274. The applications will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will be filled out by the applicant at the Local. Please be sure to have the documents mentioned: (3) THREE LETTERS OF PERSONAL REFERENCE, BIRTH CERTIFICATE, H.S. DIPLOMA or GED, copy OF DRIVERS LICENSE WITH PHOTO, and a copy of HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT. Incomplete applications will not be consideredNone will be mailed and only one per applicant. 

NON-DISCRIMINATION: The Refrigeration Division Education Fund, in the conduct of the Edward R. Gehm Training Center at 7 Crown Plaza, Hazlet, NJ 07730, admits students of any sex, race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students. The school does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national and ethic origin in the administration of its educational policies and school administered programs.

Work keys Tests: Applicants will be required to complete the Work keys test which examines the skill level for Applied Mathematics and Workplace Documents. Practice tests can be found at: www.act.org/workkeys


Apprenticeship is both an ancient tradition and a highly effective modern training method, particularly for those choosing to work in the exciting and technical HVACR service industry. The United Association has the first nationally registered joint apprenticeship program in the United States, dating back to 1936 over 80 years ago! Individuals who enter a United Association 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. Applicants are evaluated on the same fair basis, without regard to race, 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. One of the things that make the UA training programs so successful is that it is a joint partnership between labor and management.

The five-year apprenticeship period is divided into one year segments, each of which includes a minimum of 1,800 hours of on the job training and 200 hours related classroom/shop instruction. That equates to 9000 hours of on the job training and 1000 hours of related classroom/shop instruction.

UANJ apprentices attend school for classroom, computer and shop instruction for a full eight hour day every two weeks, and work for a signatory HVACR contractor for on the job training the other nine days. There are over 180 Union HVACR Contractors in the UANJ jurisdiction. The UANJ Apprentice will work on the job under the guidance of a Journey worker on real installation and service jobs. The Training program is not easy. UANJ Apprentices must learn Math, Science, Theory, Physics, Electrical & Mechanical Troubleshooting and Computer Literacy in addition to mechanical concepts and procedures. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will receive 32 college credits, a diploma from the NJ Dept. of Labor and the United Association, Universal CFC certification, OSHA 30 training, UA STAR HVACR Mastery certificate as well as various other certificates pertaining to the trade. All HVACR training classes are conducted in Hazlet, NJ  UANJ apprentices must work long sometimes irregular hours the same as journeymen plus attend classes. Yet, this can be a highly rewarding career path for an individual who is motivated to learn the HVACR trade and become an active member of a proud and noble trade union.

Reminder: *The Training Center that you will report to for Apprenticeships school is located in Hazlet NJ.