Our Members


At Plumbers, Pipefitters & HVACR Technicians Local Union 72, apprenticeship is a belief.

We believe everyone in the skilled trades industry must have both classroom and On The Job training to be productive and safe. Our employers rely on everyone sharing what they know and having a true feeling of pride in their work.

Now, before anyone submits an application to become an apprentice, each individual MUST ask him or herself - Am I looking for a job? OR do I want a career? This may seem like semantical mumbo jumbo, but the Plumbers, Pipefitters & Service Technicians Local Union 72 are searching for people with a strong passion and love for their occupation. There will be days our apprentices will question WHY they chose to dedicate their future to this occupation. Is it simply for a paycheck? If it is, you will likely not make it through the 5 years to become a Journeyman.

Here are the five (5) requirements each individual must submit in order to be considered:

• Must be 18 years of age or older

• Have a High School Education

• One year of High School Algebra

• Achieve a specific qualifying score on an aptitude test

• Must pass a drug test

Here are the facts... A large percentage of those attempting to become an apprentice do not make it past the first year. During the first 12 months, our instructors are looking for the best. They need to see your commitment for craftsmanship and ambition. We only want the best, because that is what our members and employers expect. Our employers require each member to bring their heart and a clear head to work everyday. They must conduct themselves in a manner which respects the organization and the membership they represent.

All applicants are evaluated on the same fair basis, without regard to race, sex, national origin or religious affiliation. UA apprentices learn through both classroom and on-the-job training in what is considered by many to be the best construction industry apprentice program in the world. The five-year apprenticeship period is divided into one-year segments, each of which includes 1,700 to 2,000 hours of on the job training and a minimum of 246 hours of related classroom instruction. All UA apprentices receive a strong general education in the trade, with core courses in basics such as mathematics, science, drafting, welding and other pipe trades related courses. At a certain point, apprentices can choose a specific path to follow, to be trained as a journeyman plumber, pipefitter, welder or HVACR Technician.


Is a UA Local Union 72 journeyman worker a better value than a non UA Local Union 72 journeyman worker?

See what we offer and you decide.

All journeyman level UA Local Union 72 Plumbers, Pipefitters and HVACR Service Technicians have been through rigorous training and testing to ensure that their skill sets and knowledge of their trade is compensatory with their pay grade. Our apprenticeship training program consists of a five year program with a minimum of 1200 classroom hours and 8500 minimum on the job training hours. All Local Union 72 journeyman workers are subjected to drug/chemical screening prior to being dispatched to projects and our contractors participate in random screening programs. On a yearly basis each journeyman worker is required to receive mandatory continuing education training to stay abreast of new techniques, technology and safety awareness, in conjunction all are required to obtain a minimum of OSHA 10 safety training.

Currently Local Union 72 offers our journeyman level members through our local and international training programs 197 different certifications ranging from First Aid/CPR to welding certifications for high pressure chromium piping joints. Among UA Local Union 72's current active membership there are a combined 15,394 current certifications in place! The camaraderie and brotherhood that exists between UA Local Union 72 members is a powerful influence on a project to ensure teamwork and cooperation in obtaining a common goal of providing a superior, quality service in a safe workmanlike manner. Can a true value be placed on a diverse workforce that has received and continues to utilize state of the art training, plus an ingrained culture of safety? How about a work force that works together as a team forming true partnerships? Can you imagine having a workforce that treats your project as if it were their own? There is only one answer for these questions - a Local Union 72 member! I hope that you agree using the contractors and members of UA Local Union 72 provides a value that cannot be matched in the plumbing, pipefitting and HVACR Service fields. The quality service of a Local Union 72 journey worker is only matched by the quality of human being that they are.


UA Local Union 72 retirees are a vibrant and important part of our fabric. They are held with the highest regard and esteem for the contributions they make to our organization and industry throughout their careers. The knowledge and wisdom our retirees have is passed down to our younger members. It is a value which a price cannot be attached. Retirees are welcome at all monthly union meetings and have a monthly meeting of their own for fellowship and information. UA Local Union 72 will never forget or discredit the contributions that our forbearers have made and are committed to pass on to those that follow us. UA 72 is an organization to be proud of, for those who are here now and those who came before us.