Local 166 has partnered with Ivy Tech for more than a decade to make sure that members are receiving the best training possible. The school offers a program that takes an apprentice all the way to journeyman status through a five-year program.
Students who have completed the curriculum are awarded an associate's degree in their trade, as well as a Building Trades Journeyperson's Card.
Contact our Director of Training for more information about becoming an apprentice.
Or give us a call at: 260-490-5690
Medical Gas Local 166 Training Facility has the only Med Gas simulator of its type in the state. Training is provided to certify members in the area of Medical Gas System Installation and proper Brazing techniques that apply to Medical Gas Piping Systems. The requirements of a hospital setting are more critical than most other environments. The use of oxygen in today’s operating rooms implies a potentially explosive situation. The peculiarities of the employment of a vacuum and the danger of nitrous oxide being stronger, demand a focus on allowances of materials, quality of work, safety precautions and attention to detail.
To receive certification in Medical Gas, students must attend a minimum of 40 hours of classroom instruction, which teaches the latest code requirements. Med Gas certification is done to the requirements of the ANSI-NFPA 99C Code, which governs all Medical Gas installations in health care facilities. Brazing Certification is done to the ASME Section IX Code.
Backflow Testing & Certification Local 166 provides training to certify technicians to inspect and qualify devices used to prevent backflow of non-potable water into the potable water systems of the general public. For a technician to receive certification, the technician must attend a minimum of 40 hours of classroom instruction on three different types of Backflow Preventers (Pressure Vacuum Breakers, Double Check, and Reduced Pressure). Certification is granted from the EPA upon successful completion of the class and testing.
Plumbing Fixtures Apprentice training in this area is designed to show how to “rough in” fixtures and hang them to a finished product. This includes fixtures, piping, and waste vent lines that have to be set to specifications determined by the user and/or code. Upon completion of five years of related training classes, apprentices have the option to take the Indiana State Plumbing Licensing Exam. All plumbers are licensed by the state of Indiana.
Welding Training that is available in this area include Arc Welding, Tig Welding, Short Arc Welding, and Plasma Cutting. Over 57 different welding and brazing procedures have been written for practically every application in the piping industry. Special procedures can be written upon request through a Technical Consultant. Training is also provided for the purpose of instructing students on the proper use of Automatic Orbital Tube Welding. The joint preparation and importance of maintaining high purity system is stressed. Also, the safety of shield gases is stressed when working in a confined space. The machines being used are capable of pre-programming 100 different weld schedules into them.
Soldering & Brazing Soldering and Brazing training meets the specification requirements in the ASME Section IX Code. Soft solders are commonly used in water pipe. Brazing alloys are used in hot water, chilled water, process pipe, refrigeration piping, and medical gas installations.
OSHA 10-Hour with First-Aid & CPR The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Construction Outreach Program certification instructs students in occupational safety and health standards in the construction industry. Students are also required to enroll in the American Red Cross First-Aid and CPR program. These certifications are mandatory for all Local 166 apprentices, and available for all journeymen.
Associate Degree Program Beginning in 1996, Local 166 and Ivy Tech State College entered into a joint educational program enabling members to earn credit towards an Associate Of Applied Science Degree. Apprentices of Local 166 earn credit for both their apprenticeship classes and on-the-job training, and in addition must complete the following Ivy Tech courses: • History of Labor • Human Relations In The Workplace • Technical Writing
Interested journeymen are also taking the opportunity to earn this degree.