Veterans In Piping
Career Skills Training Program
Sponsored by Wisconsin Pipe Trades Association
You were trained to protect our country.
Now, the Veterans In Piping Program is training you to build it.
About This Unique Program
Sponsored by the Wisconsin Pipe Trades Association, the Wisconsin Veterans in Piping (WI-VIP) Career Skills Training Program helps veterans, returning veterans, reservists, and National Guard members obtain the basic skills needed for a rewarding career within the pipe trades.
The original United Association (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program is recognized by the Department of Defense and Department of Labor as the gold standard career skills program. There are currently nine VIP programs operating at seven bases nationwide, serving all branches of the military.
However, veterans in Wisconsin do not have a nearby VIP-participating base at which to train. That's why the Wisconsin Pipe Trades Association is bringing the training to you, our veterans, through their unique VIP Career Skills Training Program.
"I was an infantryman. The training I received was geared toward war fighting. The problem is, when you get out, there isn’t much work for a rifleman in the civilian world."
-Sean Ellis, VIP Participant, US Marines Veteran
"I would consider the VIP Program ‘Pipefitting Bootcamp’. What I’m doing now is just as critical and just as important as when I was in the Navy."
-Chuck Canty, VIP Participant, US Navy Veteran
"You become part of a local and it’s the beginning of your career. It’s not a job, it’s a career. It’s something you plan on doing for many years to come. The VIP Program is like a pre-apprenticeship to the apprenticeship."
-Samantha Metcalf, VIP Participant, US Army Veteran
"VIP participants are an asset to our country and the trade as a whole. We’ve had two VIP participants and they’ve been incredible. If the union calls us that they’ve got a guy who’s just finished the VIP program and needs a job, we’ll find them a place."
-Jaimi Lomas, VP/General Manager, AO Reed & CO
The First Six Weeks: Job Skills Instruction
The first six weeks of the 18-week job skills training program are dedicated to instruction. Classes are held Monday-Thursday and are taught by accredited WPTA instructors - the same instructors from our apprenticeship programs. Each week you'll be introduced to new subjects, new instructors, new training centers and new jurisdictions that give you maximum exposure and networking.
Some instruction is taught in the classroom while other lessons are held hands-on in workshops.
The curriculum is outlined below.
WEEK 1: UA 118
UA History/Standard for Excellence
Pipe Trades Related Mathematics
WEEK 2: UA 75
Construction Safety/OSHA 30
Use and Care of Tools
WEEK 3: UA 400
Introduction to Welding and Oxy-Fuel cutting
WEEK 4: UA 183
Pipe, Fittings, Valves and Supports
Menomonie Falls, WI
WEEK 5: UA 434
Soldering and Brazing
Financial Tools for the Trades
WEEK 6: UA 601
Crane Signaling and Basic Rigging
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The Next 12 Weeks: On-the-Job Training (OJT)
The next 12 weeks of the 18-week career skills training program are dedicated to on-the-job training with a signatory contractor. Here, you will put to use what you've recently learned, working alongside pipe trade professionals. During these three months you may be placed at a site anywhere in Wisconsin, however you will have the opportunity to share your preferred location in the application packet.
Throughout this time, you'll be paid for every hour you work.
Hear from other veterans what their days are like as a VIP participant below.
Your Next Career?
"It's a natural fit. You're working in the elements, you're taking direction and whether you're working with a gang or a foreman, there's a structure in the military just like there's a structure on a job site."
-Mark McManus, UA General President
"A typical day in the military I would wake up at 4 o'clock in the morning and that hasn't changed since I've gotten into the UA - I'm still waking up at 4 o'clock in the morning."
-Cameron Vento, Apprentice, US Airforce Veteran
"Yah, it's physical. Not as physical as the military. It's nothing compared to the Marine Core."
-Gavin Maxwell, Journeyman, US Marines Veteran
"I like seeing different things. We're never at one spot for very long."
-Philip Funderburk, UA Apprentice, US Army Veteran
"I have a retirement plan. I have healthcare for my kids. Every night I go home to my wife and kids and I never have to leave them. It's been nice."
-Jarrett Montgomery, UA Apprentice, US Army Veteran
WE'RE HERE TO HELP
If you have questions or would like more information on this unique program, please contact Corey Gall at WIVIP@PipeTradeCareers.com.