UA LOCAL 636
30100 Northwestern Highway
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Office Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm
Phone: (248) 538-6636
Fax: (248) 538-7060
Business Manager - Terry Gilligan
Assistant Business Manager/Financial Secretary Treasurer - Steve Spurlock
Vice President/Chairman of the Executive Board
President - Bill Helwig
Recording Secretary - Jason Selph
Asst Recording Secretary - Bill Winters
Inside Sentry - Lou Hadley
The steamfitter/pipefitters are responsible for all aspects of installing and maintaining pipe systems, pipe supports, and related hydraulic and pneumatic equipment for steam, hot water, heating, cooling, lubricating, and industrial production and processing systems. Among other things, the job requires extensive training, a knowledge of system operation, and the ability to read and follow blueprints.
A journeyman steamfitter/pipefitter, through his formal training and field experience, has a clear understanding of the theory, installation, and the practical application of steam systems. This includes the installation of low and high-pressure boilers, boiler piping, steam piping, mechanical condensate systems, water feeders and cutoffs, and water level controllers.
Today's Steamfitter/Pipefitter installs refrigeration systems, process piping and equipment of every description, performs site work, and provides building and industrial maintenance, HVAC services and maintenance, and building automation in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors of the marketplace.
Moreover, the steamfitter/pipefitter is qualified to work in nuclear power plants, perform work on process systems and their appurtenances, as well as, hydronic systems (such as one-pipe, two-pipe, three and four-pipe systems, primary-secondary systems, hot water boilers and their safety devices, panel systems, and solar heating systems
The ability to assemble industrial piping modules, high pressure piping systems, food grade, and high purity systems is dependent upon the skills and abilities of the welder. The steamfitter/pipefitter apprentice undergoes a thorough and technically advanced welding program.
When completed, Local #636 welders are issued welding certifications that are recognized throughout the United States and Canada, enabling the certified welder to perform x-ray and code welding.
Commercial and industrial climate control systems - such as freezers and coolers in a supermarket or the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) in a large office building - are technologically advanced machines that require constant calibration and maintenance. Not only is it essential that this equipment keep working, but the high cost of energy requires that they operate as efficiently as possible.
The professionals who service these large refrigeration and climate control systems are the HVAC/R technicians who are specialized members of the pipe trades.
HVAC/R service technicians repair and maintain the refrigeration systems in supermarkets, restaurants and convenience stores, as well as the industrial heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in office buildings, manufacturing facilities, hospitals and other large structure.
They also install and maintain the special climate systems for computer rooms, where a constant cool temperature and humidity control is necessary to keep these sophisticated machines running smoothly.
Most of an HVAC/R technicians work is spent repairing and maintaining systems. They do not install or repair the ducts that circulate the air coming from heating and air conditioning equipment. The systems they work on are becoming more technically involved at a rapid pace. Advanced electrical circuits and state-of-the-art software programs control the systems of pipes, valves, furnaces and mechanical compressors that circulate the liquids and gases used for cooling and heating. For this reason, a growing portion of a technician's time is spent on computers, which control the latest climate control systems.
Electric circuitry and physics also are a routine part of a technician's job. HVAC/R technicians are experts on how an interior climate is affected by external forces. They understand the dynamics of air flow and how it can be used to help systems work more efficiently to conserve energy costs. For instance, vents that open and close according to the outside temperature can reduce the workload on air conditioners.
Using their skilled precision in calibrating the equipment that operate these vent systems, HVAC/R technicians can help an office building, retail store or manufacturer save thousands of dollars per month on it's electric bill.
Ever-evolving technology constantly challenges HVAC and refrigeration technicians to hone their knowledge and skills, but it ensures that they will always be in high demand.
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. – Elbert Hubbard (Author)
"We Train The Best To Stay The Best"
Every apprentice in the trade is committed to a 5-year program-classroom and on-the-job experience, working side-by-side with a pipefitter journeyman.
Apprentices become certified in welding, CFC removal, valve repair, safety and more-all through nationally recognized and accepted certification programs administered by the United Association of Journeyman, Plumbers and Pipefitters.
Even after 10,000 hours of training, every journeyman has opportunities to upgrade their skills and master new technologies. Dedicated to providing journeyman with an excellent education and the contractors with a premium work force.
Located in Troy, Michigan on a three acre campus, the training center is one of the region's premier educational facilities. It features classrooms and test stations where on-the-job equipment is used to give the apprentices hands-on training.
To accomplish this, the training center offers apprentices and journeymen a comprehensive, well-rounded curriculum designed to teach and to provide a learning environment that promotes the continuous upgrading of skills.
Under the guidance of an experienced Training Director, a staff of instructors work with apprentices and journeymen who learn to fine tune their skills or take an upgrading course.
To stay ahead of the curve, the International Union advises the training center of future trends in the industry so it's ready to provide training for new opportunities.
Local 636 pipefitters and service journeymen stay current with what's happening in the industry and are prepared for changes. The result is a dedicated work force - committed to quality and excellence from apprentices to journeyman to contractors. The Pipefitting Industry Training Center is dedicated to providing journeymen with an excellent education and contractors with a premium work force.
You'll find that Local 636 professionals are trained in such diverse disciplines as:
Basic Computer & CAD Drawing
Mechanical Drawing & Blue Print Reading
Building Automation Systems
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Systems
Steam & Hydronic Heating Systems
Commercial and Residential Mechanical Systems
All center graduates are skilled in Welding, Heating & Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Process Piping Systems for a broad range of contractor driven applications.
ARC, MIG & TIG Welding Certification
EPA Refrigerant Recovery
Orbital Welding & Recycling Certification
Industrial Process Control Calibration Certification
UA STAR Certification in HVACR and Pipefitting Mastery
Valve & Safety Valve Repair Certifications
Direct Digital & Pneumatic HVAC
All UA weld certification tests are conducted under the auspices of the United Association, with third party participation to avoid conflict of interest.Local 636 and its signatory contractors along with the owners of projects have taken the lead in creating harmonious labor/management relationships. It is this spirit of working hard and working together that will bring us into the 21st century and beyond. That is important, because with thousands of new construction jobs on the horizon, it is critical for the nation to be prepared with skilled people to make those projects a reality.
Since their beginnings over a hundred years ago, the United Association and its Local union Affiliates have been dedicated to meeting these challenges. They have done it with skilled craftsmen, trained in the latest technologies, inspired to create and contribute in ways unmatched by non-union workers.
Today, as a leader in the labor movement, Pipefitters Local 636 stands ready to meet the challenges provided by union employing contractors with excellent apprentice and journeyman upgrading programs.