Training Center

No other organization serves the training needs of the piping industry like the United Association.  For over a century, the UA has been training the most highly-qualified workers in the United States and Canada.

Over the past several decades, the United Association's training programs have produced a stable, skilled workforce responsible for building and maintaining piping systems in the various industrial and residential facilities that make up the North American landscape.

No one can match the commitment or investment.  The UA spends over $100 million annually on training programs efforts involving approximately 100,000 journeymen and apprentices in over 400 local training facilities at any given time.

If the United Association wanted to select the area which best reflects this commitment to the training and excellence produced, it could well look to state of Pennsylvania.  Thanks in part to our relationship with the Mechanical Contractors Association, Steamfitters local 420 offers state of the art training year round.

We train apprentices and journeyworkers in many skills including: Pipe Fabrication, Pipe Welding, Orbital Tube Welding, Medical Gas Systems, Process Safety Management, Instrumentation /Calibration, Heating/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration, Rigging, Pipe Drafting, OSHA Safety, Computer Aided Drafting, Computerized Pipe Design in 3D, Primavera (Computer Software) Planning and Scheduling, and more.

In addition to our five-year apprenticeship programs, we offer continuing education opportunity that includes journeymen training and certification, as well as associate degree programs.

Click Here to watch a short video on Local Union 420 Steamfitters' Training Center.

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Training Notices

Apprentice Application Pick-Up Resuming on Monday, June 29th
Mon, Jun 29, to Fri, Oct 30, 2020

The training center will re-open on Monday, June 29th, for apprentice application pick-up. Please note it is REQUIRED for every person entering the building to wear a face mask. Applications for the February 2021 Apprenticeship will be distributed Monday thru Friday, 7:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.  A valid driver's license is required to pick-up an application. The application deadline for the February 2021 class is the last Friday in October. 

For August 2020 Apprenticeship Applicants: 

The training center will not be starting a new apprentice class in August 2020.  There will be no differential aptitude testing in June and there will be no new classes starting in August. If you have applied for the August 2020 class, your application, documents, and transcripts are still valid and will be held over for the December 2020 round of testing for an opportunity to enter the February 2021 classes. The deadline to have applications back and complete is the last Friday in October.

The recruitment, selection, employment, and training of apprentices shall be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.  The JATC will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate this apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 30, as amended, and any applicable State Regulations.


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