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.

Training Coordinator: 

 Gary Shimmel

Training Instructors:

Nate Beck
Mike Boyer
Don Eldridge
Dave Flowers
Ron Goodrich
Duane Hammaker
Thom Hammaker
Rob Harper
Matt Heckert
Bud Herman

Benjamin Horst

Dave Inmon
Rick Kann

Andy Mateer

Derek Mease
Josh Miller
Jim Rapp

Elliott Sheriff

John Simpson
Josh Smith
Tom Whitmyer
Todd Yeakel


For information on the apprenticeship program offered at UA Local 520