Construction & Service: What are the Pipe Trades - View the video

Al Johnson
Training Director
United Association, Plumbers & Steamfitters 118

14011 Spring Street
Sturtevant, WI 53177

Career Clusters / Help Topics:

  • Architecture and Construction
  • Manufacturing

Al Johnson started his plumbing apprenticeship in 1994 and within four years became a journeyman plumber. He worked out in the field for 18 years doing residential, service and some commercial work. Al has served as a member of the finance, public relations and apprenticeship committees for his local union, United Association Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 118. He has also worked in the union’s educational department, where he has been an instructor for over 10 years. Currently, Al is the Training Director of Local 118, which he started in 2012. His job entails scheduling the classes and training for the union’s apprentices and journeymen students. Al works closely with technical colleges, the state’s Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards and other union Locals, on curriculum for training for students.

For those looking for a truly hands-on career track, working in the Pipefitting Industry may be a good fit. Pipe Trades professionals perform different types of construction and service work in our homes, schools and businesses. These highly-trained crafts people work as Plumbers, Steamfitters, and Pipe Fabricators. As well, they work in Service Refrigeration or as Sprinkler Fitters. As the Training Director for United Association Local 118, Al Johnson reviews the road from new trainee to working professional in the Pipefitting Industry. (Running Time 21:23)