United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry

July 28, 2014 13:05 ET

Media Advisory: The UA Launches New Pipeline Training Program with Help from TransCanada

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 28, 2014) - On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA), in collaboration with TransCanada Corporation (TransCanada) (TSX:TRP) (NYSE:TRP), will unveil a new pipeline training program across Canada.

This national program will enable welders, pipefitters and apprentices to continue to obtain the advanced training and upgrading in pipe welding and cutting they require to work in the pipeline construction industry. The UA, which has provided the very best training to various industries for more than 100 years, is working with TransCanada and the company's Energy East Pipeline Project to provide sections of large-diameter steel pipe for welding training. The pipe is donated to UA locations in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Thunder Bay, Sarnia, Montreal, Miramichi and Dartmouth.

This collaboration provides a unique chance for skilled welders, journeymen and apprentices to acquire hands-on pipeline experience in order to perform to the high-quality standards expected by the UA, Canadian pipeline regulatory bodies and pipeline companies such as TransCanada. Highly-skilled welders will be a key part of important pipeline projects such as Energy East, and the UA has a significant role in preparing future generations for important job opportunities as pipeline professionals with expertise in their field.

John Telford, Director of Canadian Affairs for the UA, and Bob Eadie, Energy East Pipeline Project Director at TransCanada, will be in attendance, along with members of UA Local 46 and the young men and women who are enhancing their welding skills through this program. The UA will showcase its industry-leading training program with a welding and cutting demonstration on sections of pipe provided by TransCanada.

Join us to learn more about this collaboration with TransCanada, and the leading technologies and best practices applied in oil and gas pipeline projects across Canada.

Date: Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Time: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: U.A. Local 46 JTAC, 929 Warden Avenue, Toronto
(east side of Warden avenue, first driveway north of Ashtonbee Drive)

Media Availability: Key representatives from the UA and TransCanada will be available after the demonstration for media interviews.

About the UA

The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada is a multi-craft union whose members are engaged in the fabrication, installation and servicing of piping systems. There are approximately 326,000 highly-skilled UA members who belong to over 300 individual local unions across North America. Founded in 1889, the UA is one of the most respected and influential building trades unions in the U.S. and Canada today. The UA has been training qualified pipe tradesmen longer than anyone else in the industry. Our Association boasts the premier training programs available in the industry today, including five-year apprenticeship programs, extensive journeyman training organized instructor training, and certification programs.

About TransCanada

With more than 60 years' experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas and oil pipelines, power generation and gas storage facilities. TransCanada operates a network of natural gas pipelines that extends more than 68,500 kilometres (42,500 miles), tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is one of the continent's largest providers of gas storage and related services with more than 400 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A growing independent power producer, TransCanada owns or has interests in over 11,800 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States. TransCanada is developing one of North America's largest oil delivery systems. TransCanada's common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol TRP. For more information visit: or check us out on Twitter @TransCanada or

Contact Information

  • UA Contact:
    Sherrilynne Starkie
    Thornley Fallis Communications
    613.231.3355 (ext. 225)

    TransCanada Media Enquiries:
    Shawn Howard/ Davis Sheremata
    403.920.7859 or 800.608.7859[