• Apprentice Classes Offered
  • Certification Information
  • Journeyman Non-Certification Classes
  • Ivy Tech Associate Degree Program

Information About Training

  • Backflow
  • Medical Gas
  • Steam Technology
  • Plumbing Fixtures
  • Welding
  • Soldering & Brazing
  • Instrumentation
  • OSHA 10-Hour with First Aid & CPR

Backflow Testing & Certification

Local 440 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.

Medical Gas

Local 440 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 applyto Medical Gas Piping Systems.  The requirements of a hospital setting is more critical than most other environments.  The use of oxygen in today’s operating rooms imply a potentially explosive situation.  The peculiarities of the employment of a vacuum and danger of nitrous oxide being stronger 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.

Steam Technology

The Steam Board is used to simulate a Low Pressure Steam System and displays the operation of the 3 different types of steam traps:  Mechanical, Thermostatic, and Thermodynamic.  Students are taught the purpose and principles of condensate in a steam system and the proper care needed, when installing steam humidification.  Students are also taught proper piping procedures for steam systems to get the highest efficiency.

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, all apprentices are required to take the Indiana State Plumbing Licensing Exam.  All plumbers are licensed by the state of Indiana.


Training is available in this area includes Arc Welding, Tig Welding, Short Arc Welding, and Plasma Cutting.  Over 148 different welding and brazing procedures have been written for practically everyapplication 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.


The Instrumentation Training Room utilizes process instrumentation devices that are found in industrial applications - eight complete instrumentation loop test stands consist of a process transmitter (Electric Hart Compatible) controlling four process control valves through electronic to pneumatic transducers.  Equipment is used for measuring PH, chlorine, and conduction of water samples.  The class is designed to prepare journeymen to take and pass the ISA CCST Level I, II, & III Certification.  Fiber Optic layout, routing, testing, and termination are also taught, with Fiber Optic Certification granted when the technician proves the ability to perform these tests.

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 440 apprentices, and available for all journeymen.