UA 342 Training

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Welcome to the UA Local 342 Training Center. 

For more than a century, the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices (Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders, & Service Techs) has been dedicated to excellence. To maintain these high standards of performance, the UA provides the best training available. At the UA Local 342 Training Center, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union 342 apprentices reach the leading edge of technology through a demanding five-year Apprenticeship Program in one of the following specialty areas:

  • HVAC & Refrigeration
  • Plumbing
  • Steamfitting
  • Welding

Each specialty demands Local 342 apprentices learn a comprehensive body of technical knowledge about
materials, procedures, and regulations.

In addition to attaining technical proficiency in their specialty, UA Local 342 members must also build a general knowledge in subjects such as math, science, and workplace safety. They acquire skills in a variety of areas; including brazing, welding, drafting, computer-aided design, hydronics and electronic and pneumatic controls.

Apprentices also master the tools and techniques of the Trade as they work under supervision at the job site, which means they earn a good living while they learn!

Apprentices and Journey-level members of UA Local 342 attend evening classes at the Training Center, on their own time.

This is an example of their personal commitment to excellence.

Our Training Center offers a wide variety of classes to teach our apprentices and journeyman the skills that they need to be successful.  The work we do is paramount to supporting our contractors with qualified manpower.  Our instructors spend a great deal of time receiving training through our International Training Fund (ITF).  We over both Journeyman Upgrade classes as well as a 5-Year Apprenticeship Program.  For more information on the Apprenticeship program, visit our dedicated Apprenticeship page.

Training Director, Al Garcia oversees the following areas of Service that our members specialize in:

Steamfitting - Training Coordinator, Daryl Bartzi
Welding - Training Coordinator, John Kraft

For decades Local Union 342 has been graduating the industry’s top welders and pipefitters. Our apprentices attend classes for a minimum of two nights per week for five years (1080 hours minimum) while working a minimum of 9000 hours in the trade; they earn while they learn. All courses are held from September through May, and are conveniently scheduled during the evening. With quality instructors, our courses incorporate theoretical and textual study with hands-on and on-the-job experience. Graduates of this rigorous welding and pipefitting training program acquire a level of expertise few in the industry can match.

Plumbing - Training Coordinator, Kevin Sullivan
Plumbing contractors who hire graduates from the apprentice program at UA Local Union 342 have an edge in the competitive plumbing industry. These well rounded craftsmen perform their skills in every facet of the plumbing industry; from installation, service and repair of plumbing and sanitary systems, water and gas piping, and fixtures in homes, to commercial enterprises and other institutions. Apprentices attend classes a minimum of two nights a week for five years (1080 hours minimum) while working a minimum of 9000 hours in the trade; they earn while they learn. All courses run from September through May, and are conveniently scheduled during the evening. With quality instructors, our courses incorporate theoretical and textual study with hands-on and on-the-job experience. Graduates of this rigorous plumbing training program acquire a level of expertise few in the industry can match.

HVAC/Refrigeration - Training Coordinator, Mike Afonso
If state-of –the-art HVACR training is what you desire you will find it at UA Local Union 342. Local 342 and its industry leading service contractors have always made it top priority to provide quality training to apprentices. Our apprentices attend classes a minimum of two nights a week for five years (1080 minimum hours) while working a minimum of 9000 hours in the trade; they earn while they learn. All courses run from September through May, and are conveniently scheduled during the evening. With quality instructors, our courses incorporate theoretical and textual study with hands-on and on-the-job experience. Graduates of this rigorous HVACR training program acquire a level of expertise few in the industry can match.

UA STAR Certification

UA STAR Certification assures employers that these journeymen have had the training necessary to excel in HVACR Service, Pipefitting, or Plumbing. The comprehensive UA STAR exam can betaken by apprentices completing their five-year training program, or piping professionals in the field who want to further their careers.

Successful completion of the UA STAR exam earns applicants 30 hours of college credit toward an Associates Degree in Construction Supervision. That makes them the best qualified piping professionals in the industry!