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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 449 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.

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UA Weld Tests - All Locations
Thu, Feb 9, 2017

There will be a UA weld test at the Steamfitters Technology Center Harmony location on Saturday, March 18th at 8am.  Please call the Technology Center no later than Wednesday, March 15th to register at 412-481-0333.

There will be UA weld tests held at the Steamfitters Technology Center Erie location on the following dates...

- Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at 8:00am

- Saturday, April 1st, 2017 at 8:00am

Please call Brad no later than Thursday prior to the test to register at 724-683-2100.

ICRA 8 - Harmony Location
Thu, Feb 9, 2017

There will be an Infection Disease Course offered at the Harmony Steamfitters Technology Center on Saturday, April 1st from 8:00am - 4:30pm.  The address to the Harmony center is 230 Wise Road, Harmony, PA 16037.  Please call the Technology Center to register at 412-481-0333.  There is a written exam at the conclusion of the class and a card will be issued after a successful exam.  This class is open to any UA member.

OSHA 10 & 30 Online Training
Thu, Dec 22, 2016

OSHA 10 and 30 online training is now available. UL Pure Safety is the only approved site. Please contact Brad Tisdale by email for more information. You must provide the JATC with a copy of completion certificate and invoice for reimbursement of course. Please click here for information on the OSHA online course.

Drone Progress- New Technology Center-Jacskon Township
Sun, Dec 18, 2016

Click on the link below to see the progress video!

Open Weld Shop - Erie Location
Sat, Dec 10, 2016

There is an Open Weld Shop at the Erie Location open to all UA Members Thursday nights from 5:00pm through 9:00pm through May 23rd.  This is open to first time and experienced welders who are working towards weld certifications.  We have several open booths with instructors available.  You can join in at any time.  This opportunity is open to UA members and those welding students with intentions of applying to be Steamfitters.

Open Weld Shop - Harmony Location
Fri, Jan 1, 2016

There will be open weld shop sessions held at the Harmony Steamfitters Technology Center on the SECOND SATURDAY of every month.  The sessions will run from 8:00am - 12:00pm.  Please call the Harmony Technology Center to reserve a booth at 412-481-0333.  This class is open to any UA member.  If no one signs up, the session will be cancelled, so please be sure to reserve your booth.  These classes are open to any UA member.

6G Carbon Steel/Plastic Fusion - Harmony Location
Mon, Mar 9, 2015

6G Carbon Steel tests are given every Monday at 8am, please call in advance to schedule at 412-481-0333.
Plastic Fusion Tests are given every second Wednesday at 8am, please call in advance to schedule at 412-481-0333.

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