Starting with the basic site drawings and moving forward to all drawings. Reading architectural, mechanical, plumbing, site, structural, electrical, and all detail drawings related to each craft. We move on to basic AutoCAD drawings for beginning coordination.
AutoCAD and Drawing
Basic AutoCAD drawing of floor plans and piping. We carry drawings from the first year and add more detail and piping. Students with prior experience can move on to QuickPen 3d drawing at their own pace. Some students with prior experience have moved on to drawing in the field while still apprentices.
Crane Signaling Qualification
Computer software PowerPoint presentation of proper hand and voice signals. Crane safety and proper lifting procedures. A test is given at the end for Qualification
This class gives fifth year apprentices a good idea of what is required of a good Foreman. It presents in detail the mental aptitude required, the mechanical requirements, the detailed paperwork, planning, coordinating and many other requirements. A test is given by the UA to receive the Certification.
Use and Care of Hand Tools
Use and Care of Hand Tools: A course that is an introductory to first year apprentices on the safe use of the tools of the trade. Classes start as a classroom instruction from the UA manual with instruction, testing and video that teach proper use of plumbing tools. Classroom learning is then put into practical use with stand alone projects that each student works on by themselves. These projects challenge the new apprentices with measurement, leveling, understanding of small drawings and safe use of tools. Project consist of pipe threading, plastic pipe waste and vent, copper soldering and brazing, roll grooving, and tube bending. Instruction on sewer cleaning, locating, and video inspection are preformed as a group instruction. With completion of this course the new apprentice’s can feel more competent in the work place with a better understanding of what is expected of them in the plumbing trade.
Plumbing Service and Repair Class
Plumbing Service and Repair: The installation of plumbing systems in new construction is a majority of the work performed by pipe trades journeyworkers and apprentices. Once these new piping systems and fixtures are installed, they must be maintained and serviced. Maintenance and service represent a high percentage of the total amount of work performed in the plumbing industry. A primarily shop class that is hands on with an aggressive shop schedule helps to get the student prepared for the service industry. The instruction in faucet repair or replacement, water closet tank type and flush valve, trap replacement and shower valve repair will help to prepare an apprentice for the repair of basic plumbing fixtures. The UA manual is the main source for subjects that are to be covered, they include safety, sewer and drainage, water distribution, gas systems, plumbing fixtures and fittings, appliances, water heater and boiler systems. Repair of these systems take well trained and skilled workers to keep these systems working and safe into the future.
Basic math review, adding and subtracting feet and inches, adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing fractions. Calculating square feet, volume, capacity of tanks and areas. Weights of water and pressures. Parallel offsets, angles, triangles, pipe elevations and slope. Understanding elevations and using instrument for shooting elevations. Understanding the difference between elevations and measurements. General math for the mechanical trades.
Rigging training instruction provides the apprentices with information necessary to perform rigging operations safely and in a manner that can help to prevent injury to them and their fellow workers. Subjects that are cover include the safe uses of rope, knots, wire rope, slings, crane safety, crane signaling and hoisting. The use of the U.A. manual, manufacture literature, industry video, past and current OSHA information helps to instruct the apprentice to have a good working knowledge of there working environment. Rigging is an essential core course in the training of a skilled U.A. apprentice.