Each year, apprenticeship programs across the United States and Canada set out the find top apprentice in each of the crafts. The ultimate goal is win and to advance to the national level, where apprentices compete in a week long competition to earn the titles of best in: HVACR, plumbing, sprinklerfitting, steamfitting, and welding.
In order to get to the International competition in Ann Arbor, these apprentices had to win a competition at their local training center, state competition, then regional competition. Win or lose, all of those who made it to Ann Arbor can hold their heads high as they had the opportunity to compete for the title of being the best of the best.
The United Association Instructor Training and Apprenticeship Contest is an opportunity for the skilled trades to unite around education. The event allows companies that may often be competitors to come together for the good of the industry's they represent, and provide training or help judge the competition.
2018 - Local 72 Apprenticeship Contest Winners
Left to Right: Austin Watson (Welding), Zack Mock (Pipefitting), Joseph O' Donovan (Plumbing), & Michael Ray (HVACR)
2018 HVACR Apprenticeship Contest Participants
2018 Plumbing Apprenticeship Contest Participants
2018 Pipefitting Apprenticeship Contest Participants
2018 Welding Apprenticeship Contest Participants
2018 - Local 72 Apprenticeship Contest Judges (Plumbing & Pipefitting)
2018 - Local 72 Apprenticeship Contest Judges (Welding)