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

August 2020 Apprenticeship Applications
Mon, Oct 28, to Thu, Apr 23, 2020

Applications for the August 2020 Steamfitter and Mechanical Equipment Service Apprenticeships will be distributed at the training center starting on Monday, October 28th.  Applications are distributed Monday through Friday from 7:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Applicants must appear in person with a valid driver's license, state issued with photograph to secure an application. The deadline for completed applications is the last Friday in April. 


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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