For over 100 years, the UA has made it their priority to train the most highly-qualified workers in the United States. Each year, they spend over $100 million on training programs and work continually to improve and expand their educational opportunities.
Not only do apprentices learn how to handle any job in the Pipe Trades, they gain a much more important understanding of how to attack tough challenges and develop problem-solving strategies. Only the UA workforce completes rigorous training and maintains the highest safety standards in the industry.
Individuals who wish to become a UA apprentice must submit an application to Local 178. Each applicant must have a high school diploma or the equivalent. In addition, you must take a drug test and have a valid driver's license. The application must be fully completed to be eligible for acceptance into the program.
Upon acceptance into the apprenticeship program, you will be required to complete five years of training with each year consisting of a minimum of 1,700 hours of on the job training and a minimum of 224 hours of classroom instruction.