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The JATC is responsible for the administration and operation of the training program for United Association Local Union 354 apprentices and journeymen. The committee is made up of an equal number of labor and management trustees making for an all encompassing curriculum. This highly comprehensive schooling takes five years to complete and the program's standards are registered with the Pennsylvania Apprenticeship & Training Counsel.

The JATC Training Coordinator is Chad E. Morrison who oversees the two regional training centers. There are four professional certified instructors at each of the two training facilities. To insure that more personalized and area specific training and development occurs throughout the 14 county area covered by this program.

The JATC's main office contact information is as follows:

Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
Chad E. Morrison, Training Coordinator
Phone: 724-787-0845
Cell Phone: 724-925-8108

Local Union 354's two training centers are located as follows:

Region East
Ebensburg Training Center
172 Municipal Road
Ebensburg, PA 15931
Phone: 724-925-8108
Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson & Somerset counties

Region West
Youngwood Training Center
263 Armbrust Road
Youngwood, PA 15697
Phone: 724-925-8108
Fayette, Westmoreland & parts of Greene & Washington counties


Todd M. McKeever, Chairman
Laurel MCA, Inc.

Darren L. Smith
K & K Plumbing, Inc.

William G. Tomko, Jr.
W.G. Tomko, Inc.

Chris McCarl
S. P. McCarl & Company, Inc.


Timothy L. Custer
Local Union 354

Paul Peterson
Local Union 354

Michael Rager
Local Union 354

Rob Monteparte
Local Union 354

The Plumbers and Pipefitters JA TC has a training program consisting of classroom instruction and shop instruction (two nights per week) and on-the-job training in Plumbing, Welding, Pipe Fitting/Steam Fitting and HVAC-Refrigeration & Service. Following are the class room instructions and shop hours that the apprentices receive during the five year training program.

Related Instruction Hours
(Plumber-Pipefitter Apprentices)

1st Year Classes - 246 Total Hours

Class Room - 123 Total Hours
15   OSHA
10   Heritage
24   Use & Care of Tools
24   Pipe Fittings, Valve, Supports & Fasteners
30   Related Math (Chapters 1-2)
20   Drawing Interpretation (Chapters 1-3)

Shop - 123 Total Hours
24   Soldering & Brazing
48   Oxy-Fuel Cutting & Welding
24   Rigging
27   Pipe Threading

2nd Year Classes - 246 Total Hours

Class Room - 123 Total Hours
37   Related Science
27   Drawing Interpretation (Chapters 4-7)
19   Basic Electricity
40   Drainage

Shop - 123 Total Hours
123   Shielded Metal ARC Welding - Plate - Pipe

3rd Year Classes - 246 Total Hours

Class Room - 123 Total Hours
52   Related Math (Chapters 3-5)
44   Water Supply
27   Pumps

SHOP - 123 Total Hours
96   Welding Continued
27   Builders Level Transit (Chapter 6)

4th Year Classes - 246 Total Hours

Class Room - 123 Total Hours
30   Plumbing Fixtures & Appliances
30   Gas Installations
26   Steam Systems
37   Hydronic Heating Systems

SHOP - 123 Total Hours
123   TIG welding (GTAW)

5th Year Classes - 246 Total Hours

Class Room - 123 Total Hours
40   Certified Medical Gas
40   Certified Backflow
20   Foreman Training
23   Refrigeration

SHOP - 123 Total Hours
50   "Weld Testing"
23   Refrigeration

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