2023 United Association Apprentice Contest
The United Association holds their National Apprentice Competition during the Instructor Training Program week at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI. The competition features Plumbers, Pipe Fitters, Sprinkler fitters, Service Technicians and Welders. Below are highlights from this year's contest.
March 11th: UA Local Contest - LU75, Madison
On Saturday, March 11th, we held our local contest, inviting all eligible 3rd, 4th and 5th year apprentices interested in representing Local 75 at the Wisconsin Pipe Trades Association state apprentice contest. Three apprentices stepped up to the challenge: Dale Marriott (3rd yr, Joe DeBelak Plumbing & Htg Co), Matthew Melby (4th yr, Joe DeBelak Plumbing & Htg Co) & Emily Schwab (4th yr, HJ Pertzborn Plbg & Fire Protection).
The local contest consisted of a written exam primarily based on general plumbing knowledge, along with a small practical project that is based on pipe joining methods and layout skills, focusing on quality and accuracy of work. The apprentice with the highest averaged score continues on to compete at the WPTA State Contest. It was a tight competition, but in the end MATTHEW MELBY came out the winner.
We congratulate all three of these apprentices, as they are the best representation of UNION Plumbers: They showed quality craftsmanship, they offered support and encouragement to one another and they took an opportunity – outside of their 40-hour work week – to gauge their knowledge and skills among other apprentices.
Let's give MATTHEW MELBY a pat on the back & wish him all the best at the State Competition!
April 26-27th: WPTA State Contest - LU400, Kaukauna
At the State Contest, an apprentice from each WI UA Local and trade discipline competes for the privilege to represent Wisconsin at the district competition. They will take part in a trade specific and general knowledge written exam and a series of practical exams specific to their trade. There will be up to four Plumbers competing at this level, all of them determined to be the best to represent their Local. After two days of rigorous competition, the winners are announced and begin to prepare for the next level.
June 7-8th: UA District 4 Contest - LU601, Madison
District 4 of the United Association is comprised of 11 States: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Hosted at one Local in the District, this contest is like the WI State contest with more rigorous tests and practical projects, more contestants to compete against, and more representatives supporting the contest. Again, these contestants are the best of the best – there are no losers, only those that will represent at the nationals in Ann Arbor, Mi.
August 12-17: UA Int'l Contest - Ann Arbor, MI
The National Competition for the Plumbing category consists of 6 contestants, one from each of the 5 Districts and Canada, gathering to showcase their unique skills and knowledge of their craft. This is an indescribable honor to represent your district and compete alongside your UA brothers and sisters. This competition lasts 4 full days; contestants are evaluated with written tests, practical projects and interviews designed to evaluate character, all the while exposing the contestants to the ITP experience: UA instructors from around the nation coming together to learn methods in teaching aspects of their trades and sharing best practices with each other.