UA Local 50 HVAC-R apprentice wins state competition

In late April, a UA Local 50 apprentice took home the title as best HVAC-R apprentice in Ohio.

Joe Mosko was one of 41 UA apprentices from around the state who competed in the United Association Ohio State Pipe Trades Apprentice Contest.

Held in Cambridge, at the UA Local 495 Training Center from April 23-26, the friendly competition pitted the best apprentices from each of Ohio’s 14 UA Locals against one-another to see who was the top apprentice in the following categories: pipefitting, plumbing, sprinkler fitting, welding and HVAC-R.

Following three rigorous days of competition, five apprentices earned their place as the best in Ohio and advanced to the District Two competition, which will take place in June in Charleston, W.Va.

In addition to Mosko claiming the HVAC-R title, pipefitter apprentice James Mullins, from Local 495, defended his home turf and took top honors.

Other winners included plumbing apprentice Alexandru Ceres, from Local 42; welding apprentice Shawn Mathis, from Local 219 and sprinkler fitter apprentice Sean Ward, from Local 669

All five winners advance to the next round of the competition, where they will face the best apprentices from the eight-state District Two region, who won their regional or state contests. The apprentices who perform well enough to win the District Two title in the same five crafts will then advance to the International contest, which takes place in August in Ann Arbor, Mich.

For Ohio’s apprentices, the first step toward becoming International champion means winning the UA Ohio State Pipe Trades Apprentice Contest, which is the second largest contest in the country.

During the state competition, apprentices were tested on different skill sets – judged on both classroom and on-the-job tests, which replicate common challenges found on the jobsite, while also emphasizing safety.

The Northwest Ohio Building Trades congratulates Joe Mosko on his victory and wish him the best as he competes in Charleston.

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