About Us

Making the Difference
ARPEC
Earn While You Earn

Established over 60 years ago

ARPEC has deep educational roots in the state of Florida. The first ARPEC education center was registered with the state as an apprenticeship program on October 11, 1949. We hold ourselves to a high standard to provide the best training programs in the state of Florida. Earn and learn with us today.


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The ARPEC Advantage

They make a great living with an hourly wage that increases every year they’re in the 5 year apprenticeship program. Full health benefits are added after just the first year, and retirement benefits added in the fourth year. Upon graduation, and obtaining the journeyman license, apprentices become a craft journeymen with a starting wage and fringe benefit package ranging from $70,000 to $100,000 per year!

Students are taught welding, air conditioning technology, piping, refrigeration controls, electrical theory – and graduate ready for a career in the high-tech fields of service and installation, energy management systems, pipefitting, and more. They will learn from the best craftspeople in the industry, in the best training program. It’s the training program designed by the United Association – one of the largest and most prestigious trade unions in the country.

ARPEC graduates are ready to work in hospitals, laboratories, in large hotels or business offices –anywhere there’s a cooling or refrigeration system. It’s more than a job, it’s a career – a career that can take you anywhere you want to go.

Affiliations

We are proud of our continued affiliation with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the Federal Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, the Mechanical Contractors Association of South Florida, the Mechanical Contractors Association of America and the Mechanical Service Contractors of America.


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Education Board of Trustees

The Education Committee is made up of Labor and Management representatives who meet once a month with the Training Coordinator regarding the operations of the school. They are committed along with the Training Coordinator in making sure the Education Center offers the best quality of education in this industry.

Member Name Company Group
Michael Mueller, Chairman Hill York Service Corporation Co-Chairman Labor Trustee
Bob Heslekrants Nagelbush Mechanical Inc Labor Trustee
Thomas Flavell UA Pipefitters Local 725 Labor Trustee
Kenny Scott UA Pipefitters Local 725 Labor Trustee
Lawrence Means MCASF Co-Chairman Management Trustee
Chris Figueras Evo-Air Management Trustee
Julie Dietrich MCASF Management Trustee
Jose Ponce Poole & Kent Co. Management Trustee

Administrative Staff

The Training Coordinator and staff are available to assist you in getting your career started. Office hours are Monday to Thursday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and Fridays, 7:30 am – 4:00 pm. If you have any questions regarding the apprenticeship program please contact us during these hours or you may email any of the personnel listed below:

Name Position E-mail
Jason Hebbert Training Coordinator jason@arpec.org
Jay Cerione Instructor and Curriculum Developer jay@arpec.org
Edmund Hunte First Year Pipefitting Instructor e.hunte@arpec.org
Lillian Legarreta Office Assistant jay@arpec.org
Monica Lopez Office Assistant lillian@arpec.org

Current ARPEC faculty

Many of our instructors attended and graduated from our program at one time or another. Others have come from other Unions from around the country. They all bring many years of experience and are committed to educating our apprentices to the fullest.

All 2nd to 5th Year classes are taught from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm two nights per week, Monday to Thursday. The first year apprentices attend school one day per week and work 32 hours per week.

Below is the list of teachers and classes given for the five year apprenticeship program:

INSTRUCTOR PROGRAM YEAR CURRICULUM
Jay Cerione 1st Year: Service Service Related and Applied Science
Edmund Hunte 1st Year: Service Basic Pipefitting & Trade Related Math
Edmund Hunte 1st Year: Pipefitting Pipefitting Related and Applied Instruction
Jay Cerione 1st Year: Pipefitting Service Related and Applied Science
Jay Cerione/ Jose Rivera 2nd Year: Service HVACR II
Craig Ponton/ Luis Campos 2nd Year: Service Basic Electricity
Tony Sadolf 2nd Year: Pipefitting Drawing & Plan Reading
Kenneth Appollo/ Kevin Baschansci 2nd Year: Pipefitting Pipefitting II
Carlos Vargas 3rd Year: Service Advance HVACR Service
Josue Labrador 3rd Year: Service Electric & Pneumatic Controls
Mike Didona 3rd Year: Pipefitting HVACR/ Hydronic Heating & Cooling
Gerald Somerset/ Joseph English 3rd Year: Pipefitting Pipefitting: FL Mechanical Code
Kishon Dryden 3rd Year: Pipefitting Welding I
Tony Lopez 4th Year: Service VFD’s & DDC Controls
Anthony Maturo/ Victor Soto 4th Year: Service Pumps, Hydronics & Start Test and Balance
Brian Coile 4th Year: Pipefitting Steam Systems & Advance Pipefitting I
Mike Didona 4th Year: Pipefitting Welding II
Robert Martin 5th Year: Service Industrial Electricity
William Young 5th Year: Service Industrial Air-Conditioning
Brian Coile 5th Year: Pipefitting Advanced Pipefitting III
Kishon Dryden 5th Year: Pipefitting Advanced Welding

Our Signatory Contractors

Our contractors have been affiliated with Local Union 725 for many years and are among the finest companies in the industry. They are committed along with the school in providing the best training and service in South Florida.

CONTRACTOR NAME STREET CITY ZIP
A-TEAM ENERGY SERVICES, INC. 13083 SW 133 COURT MIAMI 33186
ADVANCED INTEGRATED SERVICES 4700 S.W. 51 STREET, #206 DAVIE 33314
ADVANCED MECHANICAL SYSTEM 11903 W. SAMPLE ROAD CORAL SPRINGS 33065
AIR CONDITIONING PLUS, INC. 8001 GRAND CANAL DRIVE MIAMI 33144
AIR LOGIC ENTERPRISES INC 8202 NW 91 TERR TAMARAC 33326
AIRMATIC CONTROLS, INC. 10220 W. ST. RD 84, #1 DAVIE 33324
AIRREO AIR CONDITIONING, INC. 2181 S.W. 58 TERRACE WEST PARK 33023
AIRSTRON, INC. 1559 S.W. 21 AVE. FT. LAUDERDALE 33312
APEX AIR, INC. 209 NW 1 AVE DANIA 33004
APPRENTICESHIP SCHOOL 13201 N.W. 45 AVE. OPA-LOCKA 33054
BREEZE AIR CONDITIONING, INC. 9901 S.W.195 STREET CUTLER BAY 33157
CAILIS MECHANICAL CORPORATION 10400 W SR 84 BAY 112 DAVIE 33324
CARRIER COMMERCIAL SERVICE 5440 N.W. 33 AVE. #108 FORT LAUDERDALE 33309
CLARK CONTRACTSOLUTIONS/FORAIR 13701 S.W.143 CT., #101 MIAMI 33186
COAKLEY MECHANICAL, INC. 13682 S.W.194 STREET MIAMI 33177
COASTLINE ENERGY SYSTEMS 10130 NORTHLAKE BLVD.,#214-314 WEST PALM BEACH 33412
COLDFRONT MECHANICAL INC. 10860 S.W. 88 AVE. MIAMI 33176
COOL BREEZE AIR COND CORP 13120 SW130 TERRACE MIAMI 33186
COOL WATER AIR COND, INC. 5716 N.E. 4 AVE. MIAMI 33137
COPASETIC MECHANICAL, L.L.C. 21225 SW 183 AVE. MIAMI 33187
DAIKIN APPLIED 15712 S.W. 41 STR., #6 DAVIE 33331
DAY & ZIMMERMAN NPS, INC. 1827 FREEDOM ROAD STE 101 LANCASTER 17601
DEBONAIR MECHANICAL, INC. 13972 NW 60 AVE MIAMI LAKES 33014
DIPLOMAT PROPERTIES L.P. 3555 SOUTH OCEAN DRIVE HOLLYWOOD BEACH 33019
DIRECT DIGITAL CONCEPTS 7275 N.W. 74 STREET MIAMI 33166
EARL HAGOOD, INC. 897 S.W. 67 AVENUE MIAMI 33144
EDD HELMS AIRCONDITIONING,INC. 740 INTERNATIONAL PKWY. SUNRISE 33325
HILL YORK SERVICE CORP. 2125 S. ANDREWS AVE. FT. LAUDERDALE 33316
HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL, INC. 9315 N.W. 112 AVE. MIAMI 33178
JOHNSON CONTROLS, INC. 15901 SW 29 ST #801 MIRAMAR 33027
KAESTLE ENT.,INC. DBA CAMECH. 6601 LYONS ROAD, #C-7 COCONUT CREEK 33073
KERNEY & ASSOCIATES, INC. 1300 NW 65 PLACE FT. LAUDERDALE 33309
KIRLIN FLORIDA, L.L.C. 3125 W COMMERCIAL BLVD. #200 FT LAUDERDALE 33309
LINC MECHANICAL / ABM BLDG SOL 3260 NW 23 AVE STE 100E POMPANO BEACH 33066
MCGILVRAY MECHANICAL, L.L.C. 2001 N. ANDREWS AVE. POMPANO BEACH 33069
MIAMI AIR MECH. DBA AIRTECH 7805 N.W. 55 STREET MIAMI 33166
NAGELBUSH MECHANICAL, INC. 5101 NW 21 AVE #210 FORT LAUDERDALE 33309
PLUMBING & MECHANICAL SYSTEMS 4360 OAKES RD #B615 DAVIE 33314
POOLE & KENT COMPANY 1781 N.W. NORTH RIVER DRIVE MIAMI 33125
PROTOCOOL COOLING SOLUTIONS 1669 N.W. 144 TERR., #203 SUNRISE 33323
PYKE MECHANICAL, INC. 9401 N.W. 106 STR. #109 MIAMI 33178
SCREEN TECH SERVICES INC. 1067 NW 31 AVE BLDG #H POMPANO BEACH 33069
SHORELINE AIR SYSTEMS, INC. 3801 N.W. 49 STREET FT. LAUDERDALE 33309
SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC. 3021 N. COMMERCE PKWY. MIRAMAR 33025
SMART AIR SYSTEMS, INC. 1731 BANKS ROAD MARGATE 33063
SOUTHEASTERN CHILLER OF MIAMI 3800 N.W. 126 AVE. CORAL SPRINGS 33065
SOUTHERN MECH. SYSTEMS, INC. 15491 SW 12 STREET #409 SUNRISE 33326
STERLING REFRIGERATION, INC. 3101 DOGWOOD LANE MARGATE 33063
THERMO AIR SERVICE, INC. 2875 NORTH 29 AVE. HOLLYWOOD 33020
TRANE U.S., INC. 2884 CORPORATE WAY MIRAMAR 33025
TRINITY AIR CONDITIONING 9760 E. INDIGO STREET MIAMI 33157
UNION TEMPORARY SERVICES P. O. BOX 813847 HOLLYWOOD 33081
WEATHERTROL MAINTENANCE CORP. 7250 N.E. 4 AVENUE MIAMI 33138
CLIMATE PROS, INC. 55 N. BRANDON DRIVE GLENDALE HEIGHTS 60139
BROPHY AIR SPECIALTY GROUP LLC 2950 SW 28 LANE MIAMI 33133
A/C COOLING PROJECTS, INC. 330 POINCIANA DRIVE SUNNY ISLES 33160
AIR-WAYS MECHANICAL SERVICES 5011 NW 37 AVE TAMARAC 33309