Continuing Education


After a comprehensive five year apprenticeship, our members have the opportunity to advance their careers through U.A. continuing education programs.  Some of the available specializations include:
  • Commercial Construction
  • Commercial/Industrial Instrumentation
  • Ammonia Piping
  • Commercial/Industrial Maintenance
  • Gas/Air/Water Piping
  • High Purity Piping
  • Hydronic Heating
  • Hydraulic Piping and Systems
  • Industrial Piping
  • Lab and Clean Room Work
  • Medical Gas Systems
  • Pipe Fabrication
  • Power Piping
  • Steam Piping
  • Vacuum Piping and Systems
  • Valve and Pump Installation and repair
  • X-Ray Quality Welding
  • Pipeline
Continuing education is a requirement for every plumber and pipefitter journeyman and  foreman.  More advanced coursework covers a variety of topics, many of which are governed by federal laws.  Some of these include:
  • Valve reconditioning
  • Backflow prevention and testing
  • Building automation system diagnostics and controls modification for HVAC, process and piping
  • Fiber optic and direct digital control systems
  • Refrigerant reclamation
  • Medical gas system installation and high-purity maintenance
  • Instrument level and transit
  • Advanced piping fabrication
  • Other new techniques and product applications
In addition, a first-of-its-kind foreman training program has made a significant contribution to cultivating an understanding, and trust, among plumbers, pipefitters and the mechanical contractors they work for.   Graduates of this select program are making a positive impact on job-site management for the benefit of owners.

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