TheUnited Association of Journeyman and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA)held its 20th annual International Apprenticeship Competition and Instructor Training Program at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI. This year the event drew about 1,800 craftsmen from the U.S. and Canada. The Apprenticeship Competition included 30 contestants.
The Copper Development Association (CDA) sponsored and judged the copper segment of the competition. All copper tubes and fittings for the competition were donated by CDA member companies.
The Instructor Training Program was held in one-week sessions that covered everything from the basics to new technology in all fields. The courses were taught by CDA project manager Harold Moret and master plumber Dale Powell
(Pictured here): CDA's Harold Moret explains the proper technique of brazing to a UA instructor during the Instructor Training Program.