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Pipefitting

Pipefitters play a significant role in all aspects of mechanical construction and mechanical service, including residential, commercial, and industrial markets.
A Pipefitter will install, maintain, and repair piping systems vital to the operation of many processes, including refrigeration, heating, cooling, steam, controls, and the transportation of liquids and gases.

As a pipefitter you work on a host of different projects including power generation plants, oil refineries, bio diesel plants, pharmaceutical plants, chemical plants, hospitals, schools, office buildings, sports complexes, retail stores, manufacturing plants, defense and aerospace industries, just to name a few.

Pipefitters must be able to understand theories involved with the transfer of gases and liquids. They must also be efficient in trade related mathematics, trade related science, interpreting construction and control drawings, soldering, brazing, welding, rigging, and pipe fabrication are a few of the skills that are necessary to a successful career. Just as important, is the need to be on the job on time, everyday and be willing to be efficient and productive.

Sheet Metal / HVAC

Sheet Metal Workers are unique in the construction industry as the only trade that designs, manufactures and installs their own products. These skilled craftspersons take ordinary types of flat metal and make them into specialized products for various duct and ventilation systems, as well as architectural and specialized metal fabrication. Sheet Metal Workers are proud of their trade’s special distinction: They not only build; they create.

The term “sheet metal” refers to any metal that can be formed into flat pieces of varying thicknesses. Using specialized tools, sheet metal workers cut, roll, bend, and shape these pieces to make a wide variety of objects such as ductwork; airplane wings; car bodies; refrigeration units; medical tables and storage units; building facades; steel sheets; tubing; and signs. Metals used in the sheet metal industry include cold rolled steel, mild steel, tin, nickel, titanium, aluminum, brass, and copper. Sheet metal comes in flat pieces or coils and is measured by its thickness or gauge. Very thin pieces of metal are called foil or leaf; thick metals are called plate.

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Plumbing

The field of plumbing requires a broad range of skills for a variety of tasks. Plumbers install, maintain, and repair pipes and fixtures associated with heating, cooling, water distribution, and sanitation systems in residential and commercial structures. In addition to fixing domestic appliances, such as dishwashers and gas cookers, plumbers will inspect drainage and other plumbing systems for compliance with local and national regulations.

Plumbers must be well versed in blueprint interpretation and building specifications to map layout for pipes, drainage systems, and other plumbing materials. Plumbers collaborate with contractors, construction workers, electricians, pipefitters, and steamfitters in installing and repairing plumbing. Our well-rounded curriculum provides great preparation for all the intersectional knowledge required in the trade industries.

To be a plumber, one must exhibit problem-solving and analytical skills, collaboration, decisiveness, communication, stress- and time-management ability, customer-service and interpersonal skills, mechanical and technical skills, and excellent trouble-shooting ability. Working as a plumber involves so much more than simply fixing leaky pipes, as every day will involve a new job, a new client and a new environment. s

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Electrician

Electricians install and maintain the wiring and control equipment through which electricity flows. They also install and maintain electrical equipment and machines in factories and a wide range of other businesses. Electricians read blueprints, solve complex math problems and install electrical systems (all while adhering to numerous electrical and building codes). Establishing temporary power during construction, installing, maintaining, and repairing grounding, and lightning protection, power distribution, installing fixtures and energy systems are just a few of the myriad of things electricians do.

An electrician must have a good working knowledge of the relevant electric codes as well as the ability to translate the electrical systems from the blueprints into actual practice. If you enjoy exercising your brain while working with your hands, then a job as an electrician may be right for you! “

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Trusted Partners

The STEP initiative is a partnership between Servicios de La Raza and the MEP Alliance, which consists of the Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA) of Colorado, Mechanical Service Contractors Association (MSCA)of Colorado, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Rocky Mountain Chapter, and Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning National Association (SMACNA) Colorado. “