July 30, 2014
By Neal Tepel
Toronto, Ontario – On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA), in collaboration with TransCanada Corporation unveiled a new pipeline training program across Canada.
This national program will enable welders, pipefitters and apprentices to continue to obtain the advanced training and upgrading in pipe welding and cutting they require to work in the pipeline construction industry. The UA, which has provided the very best training to various industries for more than 100 years, is working with TransCanada and the company's Energy East Pipeline Project to provide sections of large-diameter steel pipe for welding training.
This collaboration provides a unique chance for skilled welders, journeymen and apprentices to acquire hands-on pipeline experience in order to perform to the high-quality standards expected by the UA, Canadian pipeline regulatory bodies and pipeline companies such as TransCanada. Highly-skilled welders will be a key part of important pipeline projects such as Energy East, and the UA has a significant role in preparing future generations for important job opportunities as pipeline professionals with expertise in their field.
*** The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada is a multi-craft union whose members are engaged in the fabrication, installation and servicing of piping systems. There are approximately 326,000 UA members who belong to over 300 individual local unions across North America. Founded in 1889, the UA is one of the most respected and influential building trades unions in the U.S. and Canada today. The UA has been training qualified pipe tradesmen longer than anyone else in the industry.