ControlTrends had the unique opportunity to meet with representatives of Pittsburgh’s 449 Technology Center recently and tour their state-of-the-art Technology Center, which sets a new precedent in training excellence. The video says it all.
About Local 449: Steamfitters Local 449 was established in 1913. We represent nearly 2,700 union-trained steamfitters and are affiliated with the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada.
Our members are highly trained craftsmen who fabricate, install and service piping systems. They may be found on job sites involving single-family homes, garden and high-rise apartment buildings, large and small office buildings, supermarkets, food warehousing and processing facilities, power plants, chemical installations, factories, public buildings and health care facilities.
No other organization serves the training needs of the piping industry like the United Association. For over a century, the UA has been training the most highly-qualified workers in the United States and Canada.
Over the past several decades, the United Association’s training programs have produced a stable, skilled workforce responsible for building and maintaining piping systems in the various industrial and residential facilities that make up the North American landscape.
No one can match the commitment or investment. The UA spends over $100 million annually on training programs efforts involving approximately 100,000 journeymen and apprentices in over 400 local training facilities at any given time.
If the United Association wanted to select the area which best reflects this commitment to the training and excellence produced, it could well look to state of Pennsylvania. Thanks in part to our relationship with the Mechanical Contractors Association, Steamfitters local 449 offers state of the art training year round.
We train apprentices and journeyworkers in many skills including: Pipe Fabrication, Pipe Welding, Orbital Tube Welding, Medical Gas Systems, Process Safety Management, Instrumentation /Calibration, Heating/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration, Rigging, Pipe Drafting, OSHA Safety, Computer Aided Drafting, Computerized Pipe Design in 3D, Primavera (Computer Software) Planning and Scheduling, and more.
In addition to our five-year apprenticeship programs, we offer continuing education opportunity that includes journeymen training and certification, as well as associate degree programs.