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. Since then, we have continued to lead as one of the most highly regarded apprenticeship programs in the state of Florida.

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.

Education Board of Trustees

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

Member NameCompanyGroup
Michael Mueller, ChairmanHill York Service CorporationCo-Chairman Labor Trustee
Bob HeslekrantsNagelbush Mechanical IncLabor Trustee
Tom FlavellUA Pipefitters Local 725Labor Trustee
Kenny ScottUA Pipefitters Local 725Labor Trustee
Lawrence MeansMCASFManagement Trustee
Chris FiguerasEvo-AirManagement Trustee
Julie DietrichMCASFManagement Trustee
Jose PoncePoole & Kent Co.Management Trustee

Administrative Staff

The Director and staff are available to assist you in getting your career started. Office hours are Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Fridays, 9:00 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:

Hector RiveraFirst Year Service Instructorh.rivera@arpec.org
Jason HebbertTraining Coordinatorjason@arpec.org
Jay CerioneFirst Year Service Instructorjay@arpec.org
Hector RiveraFirst Year Service Instructorh.rivera@arpec.org
Edmund Hunte1st Year Pipefitting Instructore.hunte@arpec.org
Lillian LegarretaOffice Administratorlillian@arpec.org
Monica LopezOffice Administratormonica@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:

INSTRUCTORPROGRAM YEARCURRICULUM
Jay Cerione1st Year: ServiceService Related and Applied Science
Hector Rivera1st Year: ServiceService Related & Applied Science
Jason Hebbert1st Year: PipefittingPipefitting Related and Applied Instruction
Jay Cerione/Jose Rivera2nd Year: ServiceHVACR II
Craig Ponton2nd Year: ServiceBasic Electricity
Mark Sadolf2nd Year: PipefittingDrawing & Plan Reading
Kenneth Appollo/Kevin Bashansci2nd Year: PipefittingPipefitting II
Carlos Vargas3rd Year: ServiceAdvance HVACR Service
Josue Labrador3rd Year: ServiceElectric & Pneumatic Controls
Gerald Somerset3rd Year: PipefittingFL Mechanical Code
MIke Didona3rd Year: PipefittingHVAC Hydroning Heating & Cooling
Tony Lopez4th Year: ServiceVFD's & DDC Controls
Anthony Maturo/Victor Soto4th Year: ServicePumps, Hydronics & Start Test and Balance
Kevin Bashansci/Frank Gonzalez4th Year: PipefittingPipefitting III
Mike Didona4th Year: PipefittingWelding II
Robert Martin5th Year: ServiceIndustrial Electricity
William Young5th Year: ServiceIndustrial Air-Conditioning
Robert Martin5th Year: ServiceIndustrial Air-Conditioning
Brian Coile5th Year: PipefittingPipefitting II
Kishon Dryden5th Year: Pipefitting5th Year 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 NAMESTREETCITYZIP
A-TEAM ENERGY SERVICES, INC.13083 SW 133 COURTMIAMI33186
ADVANCED INTEGRATED SERVICES4700 S.W. 51 STREET, #206DAVIE33314
ADVANCED MECHANICAL SYSTEM11903 W. SAMPLE ROADCORAL SPRINGS33065
AIR CONDITIONING PLUS, INC.8001 GRAND CANAL DRIVEMIAMI33144
AIR LOGIC ENTERPRISES INC8202 NW 91 TERRTAMARAC33326
AIRMATIC CONTROLS, INC.10220 W. ST. RD 84, #1DAVIE33324
AIRREO AIR CONDITIONING, INC.2181 S.W. 58 TERRACEWEST PARK33023
AIRSTRON, INC.1559 S.W. 21 AVE.FT. LAUDERDALE33312
APEX AIR, INC.209 NW 1 AVEDANIA33004
APPRENTICESHIP SCHOOL13201 N.W. 45 AVE.OPA-LOCKA33054
BREEZE AIR CONDITIONING, INC.9901 S.W.195 STREETCUTLER BAY33157
CAILIS MECHANICAL CORPORATION10400 W SR 84 BAY 112DAVIE33324
CARRIER COMMERCIAL SERVICE5440 N.W. 33 AVE. #108FORT LAUDERDALE33309
CLARK CONTRACTSOLUTIONS/FORAIR13701 S.W.143 CT., #101MIAMI33186
COAKLEY MECHANICAL, INC.13682 S.W.194 STREETMIAMI33177
COASTLINE ENERGY SYSTEMS10130 NORTHLAKE BLVD.,#214-314WEST PALM BEACH33412
COLDFRONT MECHANICAL INC.10860 S.W. 88 AVE.MIAMI33176
COOL BREEZE AIR COND CORP13120 SW130 TERRACEMIAMI33186
COOL WATER AIR COND, INC.5716 N.E. 4 AVE.MIAMI33137
COPASETIC MECHANICAL, L.L.C.21225 SW 183 AVE.MIAMI33187
DAIKIN APPLIED15712 S.W. 41 STR., #6DAVIE33331
DAY & ZIMMERMAN NPS, INC.1827 FREEDOM ROAD STE 101LANCASTER17601
DEBONAIR MECHANICAL, INC.13972 NW 60 AVEMIAMI LAKES33014
DIPLOMAT PROPERTIES L.P.3555 SOUTH OCEAN DRIVEHOLLYWOOD BEACH33019
DIRECT DIGITAL CONCEPTS7275 N.W. 74 STREETMIAMI33166
EARL HAGOOD, INC.897 S.W. 67 AVENUEMIAMI33144
EDD HELMS AIRCONDITIONING,INC.740 INTERNATIONAL PKWY.SUNRISE33325
HILL YORK SERVICE CORP.2125 S. ANDREWS AVE.FT. LAUDERDALE33316
HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL, INC.9315 N.W. 112 AVE.MIAMI33178
JOHNSON CONTROLS, INC.15901 SW 29 ST #801MIRAMAR33027
KAESTLE ENT.,INC. DBA CAMECH.6601 LYONS ROAD, #C-7COCONUT CREEK33073
KERNEY & ASSOCIATES, INC.1300 NW 65 PLACEFT. LAUDERDALE33309
KIRLIN FLORIDA, L.L.C.3125 W COMMERCIAL BLVD. #200FT LAUDERDALE33309
LINC MECHANICAL / ABM BLDG SOL3260 NW 23 AVE STE 100EPOMPANO BEACH33066
MCGILVRAY MECHANICAL, L.L.C.2001 N. ANDREWS AVE.POMPANO BEACH33069
MIAMI AIR MECH. DBA AIRTECH7805 N.W. 55 STREETMIAMI33166
NAGELBUSH MECHANICAL, INC.5101 NW 21 AVE #210FORT LAUDERDALE33309
PLUMBING & MECHANICAL SYSTEMS4360 OAKES RD #B615DAVIE33314
POOLE & KENT COMPANY1781 N.W. NORTH RIVER DRIVEMIAMI33125
PROTOCOOL COOLING SOLUTIONS1669 N.W. 144 TERR., #203SUNRISE33323
PYKE MECHANICAL, INC.9401 N.W. 106 STR. #109MIAMI33178
SCREEN TECH SERVICES INC.1067 NW 31 AVE BLDG #HPOMPANO BEACH33069
SHORELINE AIR SYSTEMS, INC.3801 N.W. 49 STREETFT. LAUDERDALE33309
SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC.3021 N. COMMERCE PKWY.MIRAMAR33025
SMART AIR SYSTEMS, INC.1731 BANKS ROADMARGATE33063
SOUTHEASTERN CHILLER OF MIAMI3800 N.W. 126 AVE.CORAL SPRINGS33065
SOUTHERN MECH. SYSTEMS, INC.15491 SW 12 STREET #409SUNRISE33326
STERLING REFRIGERATION, INC.3101 DOGWOOD LANEMARGATE33063
THERMO AIR SERVICE, INC.2875 NORTH 29 AVE.HOLLYWOOD33020
TRANE U.S., INC.2884 CORPORATE WAYMIRAMAR33025
TRINITY AIR CONDITIONING9760 E. INDIGO STREETMIAMI33157
UNION TEMPORARY SERVICESP. O. BOX 813847HOLLYWOOD33081
WEATHERTROL MAINTENANCE CORP.7250 N.E. 4 AVENUEMIAMI33138
CLIMATE PROS, INC.55 N. BRANDON DRIVEGLENDALE HEIGHTS60139
BROPHY AIR SPECIALTY GROUP LLC2950 SW 28 LANE MIAMI33133
A/C COOLING PROJECTS, INC.330 POINCIANA DRIVESUNNY ISLES33160
AIR-WAYS MECHANICAL SERVICES5011 NW 37 AVETAMARAC33309