Training Center


"The mission of the Local 520 Training Department is to provide the building trades with a highly skilled, certified when applicable, workforce through current and relevant classroom, shop, and on the job training for apprentice and journeyman plumbers, pipefitters, pipe welders, and HVAC service technicians."


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.

Administration and Faculty

Don Eldridge - Training Coordinator
Rita Thoman - Office Manager

Nate Beck - Full-time, Plumber/Pipefitter
Ben Horst - Full-time, Plumber/Pipefitter

Andy Mateer - Part-time, Plumber/Pipefitter
Bud Herman - Part-time, Plumber/Pipefitter
Chris Edenbo - Part-time, Both Plumber/Pipefitter & Service
Chris Thompson - Part-time, Plumber/Pipefitter
Dakota Tome - Part-time, Service
Dave Flowers - Part-time, Plumber/Pipefitter
Dave Inmon  - Part-time, Plumber/Pipefitter
Derek Mease  - Part-time, Plumber/Pipefitter
Emmet Boettner - Part-time, Service
Jay Wills – Part-time, Service
Jim Rapp - Part-time, Plumber/Pipefitter
John Simpson - Part-time, Both Plumber/Pipefitter & Service
Josh Miller - Part-time, Service
Kevin Sigler - Part-time, Service
Matt Grove – Part-time, Service
Matt Heckert - Part-time, Plumber/Pipefitter
Mike Boyer - Part-time, Plumber/Pipefitter
Rick Kann - Part-time, Service
Rob Harper - Part-time, Plumber/Pipefitter
Steve Miller - Part-time, Service
Thom Hammaker - Part-time, Service
Todd Yeakel - Part-time, Service
Tom Whitmyer - Part-time, Service



The Plumbers and Pipefitters LU520 Apprentice School is currently

 seeking candidacy for accreditation with the Council on Occupational

Education. Inquiries regarding candidacy status should be addressed to:


The Council on Occupational Education
7840 Roswell Road
Building 300, Suite 325
Atlanta, GA 30350


For information on the apprenticeship program offered at UA Local 520