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Dave Kealey Selected to Teach During UA Instructor Training Program in Ann Arbor

Dave Kealey, Local 25 member and instructor, was recently selected by the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA) to teach a class during the 65th Annual UA Instructor Training Program.

“David Kealey’s appointment to train on the national level exemplifies his commitment to training in the plumbers and pipefitters industry,” said Tom McCune, Business Manager. “Dave has taken learning and teaching to its highest level. With this appointment, Dave is now being rewarded for his hard work and dedication to Local 25 and the UA. We as a Local are proud of Dave and glad to have him teaching our future skilled workers.”

According to Training Coordinator Matt Lienen, the UA Training Department selects instructors each year based on the number of certifications earned within a Local and the productivity of its members.

“Local 25’s Training Center has become one of the most prolific in the UA when it comes to the number of certifications that our members earn,” Lienen said. “This has not gone unnoticed by the UA. To have one of our instructors teaching other instructors from around the country shows that Local 25’s training program is one of the best and most respected in the UA.”

Kealey — a certified weld inspector, who has taught welding, pipefitting, rigging and signaling since 2001 — has been tapped to instruct a UA/EPRI Industrial Rigging Certification course during the UA’s well-respected and highly effective college accredited program of instructor education, held each August in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

“Some Locals don’t have this certified rigging program, but because our training coordinators saw its potential, it is now mandatory for our apprentices,” Kealey said. “It’s a 40-hour class, which includes a practical and written test. I’ve been teaching this particular class for the last 11 years.”

Kealey is excited to share his knowledge and experience with his peers, but also hopes to learn something new from them.

“Connecting with people who have expertise in different areas that are higher than ours, or who have innovative instructional techniques — it’s awesome to see,” Kealey said. “That’s the beauty of going to Ann Arbor. You can really spread the knowledge across the continental U.S.”