Training at UA Local 32


For Journeymen & Apprentices

The Seattle Pipetrades Education Center is the state approved apprenticeship program for plumbers, steamfitters, housing plumbers, and refrigeration fitters in the King County area. The Center provides an excellent education, support, and a future in a great industry. Apprentices are provided thousands of hours of training in the field and in the new school.

Imagine if mechanical contractors and pipetrades workers get together and develop a time proven, state of the art training program to make sure that you, the worker, are more marketable, productive, skilled and knowledgeable. This isn't a fantasy at the United Association, it's reality.

The Mechanical Contractors Association and the Members of the United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Refrigeration Mechanics have had an approved apprenticeship training program in the State of Washington for over 50 years. This training program is the crown jewel of the industry, where the sky truly is the limit to get the training you need.

Plumbers & Pipefitters

If you are a plumber, pipefitter or refrigeration mechanic, imagine a world where you don't have to learn everything through the "school of hard knocks." There is an easier and less stressful way to learn the basic and sophisticated aspects of the trade. There is nothing wrong with learning at the "school of hard knocks;"most of us learn the majority of what we know this way. But learning your trade through a systematic training program can make you much more than just an installer. By going through a quality training program, you learn not only the installation and servicing of various systems, fixtures, and equipment, but the theories and tricks of the trade, which increases your ability to solve problems and helps make you a true craftsman in every sense of the word.

Mechanical Contractors

If you are a mechanical contractor, imagine having a state of the art training facility where your employees can improve their abilities, thereby increasing your profits, marketability, and the type of work you bid on. There is such a place for your company and your employees right now. At the JATC ( Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee), which is run by labor and management, participants learn through lectures, demonstrations, hands-on activities, books and training manuals, as well as on-the -job training. Imagine a place where an apprentice can learn by making mistakes, without impacting a contractor's bottom line. This has the potential of making your operation run more efficiently with less aggravation and fewer headaches.

Costs & Obligations

What would you be willing to pay to have the opportunity to improve your skills, productivity, income, and respect in the industry? How does little or no cost sound to you? The Members of the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters have negotiated with the Mechanical Contractors Association to contribute to the JATC fund to provide for training for all UA Members.

JATC Mission Statement

The Seattle Area Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry Journeymen and Apprentice Training Trust provides education to individuals seeking careers in plumbing, steamfitting, and refrigeration. The Trust is sponsored by Local 32 and the Mechanical Contractors Association of Western Washington.

Through outstanding instruction and the use of facilities and "state of the art" equipment, the Trust provides apprentices and journeymen the opportunity to learn current and developing technologies within their occupational specialties. The Trust values ethnic diversity and gender equity in the workplace and provides opportunities for individuals from varied backgrounds.

Aware of rapidly changing technologies, the Trust provides an educational environment and program that encourages individuals to maintain excellence within their occupation and to seek opportunities to improve their skills. Through apprenticeship training programs and journeymen continuing education, the Trust provides well trained employees for the plumbing and steamfitting industry.

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