Brad Austin has been the Training Coordinator/Instructor for the UA Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 262 in Juneau, Alaska since 1999. Before taking on the role as a Training Coordinator/Instructor twenty years ago he starting his plumbing career working in his father’s plumbing and heating business as an apprentice in 1976 and went on to running the business until its closure in 1989. He continued to work as a Journeyman Plumber in Local Union 262. In addition to having an Associate’s Degree in Industrial Training, Brad is a licensed Journeyman Plumber and Mechanical Administrator; is a United Association Certified Training Coordinator and Certified Instructor; is an ASSE Certified Backflow Protection Assembly Tester, ASSE Medical Gas Installed and an ASSE Medical Gas Instructor. Brad also has been a Professor at the University of Alaska Southeast teaching an Intro to Residential Plumbing, was a member of the City and Borough of Juneau’s Building Code Board of Appeals and is currently a member of the State of Alaska Workers Compensation Board. He works closely with State and Local Inspectors on code issues and with legislators on legislation involving the plumbing and mechanical codes.
Tim Collings is the Senior Building Inspector specializing in Plumbing, Mechanical and Fire Protection systems for Salt Lake City Corporation. He has been inspecting plumbing, mechanical, and fire protection systems for Salt Lake City Corporation since August 1981. Tim is a licensed Master Plumber in Utah and was a licensed journeyman plumber in Wyoming. Tim was also a licensed plumbing and heating contractor and taught in the plumbing apprenticeship program in Salt Lake City for 18 years and has been a member of IAPMO since 1981.
Tim was elected to the board of directors of IAPMO and served in that capacity for seven years. In addition to his work on the board, Tim served on many IAPMO committees including: The IAPMO Plumbing Code Change Committee; the Mechanical Code Workshop Committee; the Credentials Committee; the Special Seminar Committee; the Research and Product Certification Committee; and the Ad Hoc Committee on Grease Traps. In addition to his wide experience as a committee member Tim chaired the Appendix C Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee on Thermal Expansion and is currently Chairman of the Uniform Plumbing Code Technical committee. Tim’s instruction is supported by a solid background that combines professional experience with a wide variety of committee service.
Steve Hart is a Certified Building Official, is the senior plumbing plans examiner with Public Health-Seattle & King County (PHSKC). A licensed journeyman plumber for thirty years, he also holds a degree in business management. Steve is an enrolled tribal member of The Blackfeet Nation, and is one of few Native American certified inspector/plans examiners in the United States, and the only Native American Certified Building Official in Washington State. He strives to share his knowledge with other Native Americans and individuals of color, who face barriers in gaining access to a profession in the trades.
Steve is a member of Local 32 Plumbers & Pipefitters, and currently serves as Chair of the Northwest Washington Chapter of International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO). He is an instructor, specializing in plumbing codes, designing and developing Plumbing Systems Illustrated, a program providing instruction in complex plumbing code concepts that engages all learning styles.
Jeff Hutcher is the Senior Plumbing and Mechanical Inspector for the city of Oakland, CA. He has taught residential plumbing at the community college level and authored the original Plumbing Code Check for Tauton Press’ Code Check series and commentary for Chapter 16 of the 2012 UPC Illustrated Training Manual for IAPMO. Jeff currently serves on IAPMO’s Education and Training, Publications, and Green Technical Committees. He grew up in a plumbing family and learned the basics from his father. He worked in the mechanical industry while earning his bachelor’s degree and then attended the New England Fuel Institute to obtain a Solar Energy Certification. In 1984, he obtained his California plumbing license and started his own business; in 1992 he joined the city of Oakland Building Department.
John Jordan Jr.
John Jordan Jr. has been involved in the plumbing industry in the Houston, Texas area since 1976, when he began his career as an apprentice with Plumber’s Local Union #68 — the local with which he remains today. John worked in various types of construction projects including residential, multi-family, commercial, industrial, schools, hospitals, and high-rise construction while working at his father’s plumbing company. He carries a backflow device tester’s license from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as well as a journeyman plumbing and inspectors license with the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners with endorsements for medical gas installations and water protection specialist.
John became a plumbing inspector with the city of Houston in 1994 and became a senior plumbing inspector in 2000. He has been IAPMO-certified in the Uniform Plumbing Code since 1995. John has been an apprentice and journeyman instructor for HAPJAC for UA Plumbers Local #68 in Houston, Texas since 1995 and has taught water supply and drainage, Auto Cad, and medical gas installations. John is also an ASSE-certified backflow tester, repairer, and surveyor and teaches these classes for HAPJAC. Additionally, he teaches the survey class for the United Association at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor for UA instructors. John also teaches for the Institute of Continuing Education for license renewal of all state of Texas plumbing licenses and has written multiple chapters and presentations for the ICE textbook. John has written several articles for the American Society of Sanitary Engineering magazine Plumbing Standards. In 2006, he received an associate’s degree in applied science in industrial training from Washtenaw Community College and is pursuing his bachelor’s degree from the National Labor College. John teaches the Uniform Plumbing Code, the Uniform Mechanical Code, and the International Plumbing Code.
John has numerous trade affiliations. He is a member of the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, IAPMO, and the Gulf Coast IAPMO chapter. He is president of the Gulf Coast chapter of the American Society of Sanitary Engineering, as well as a member of the ASSE board of directors for ASSE region 3, the ASSE seal board, and the ASSE Cross Connection Advisory Board.
Jesse Kealy, has 10 years’ experience in the commercial and mechanical plumbing industry. As a member of the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union #441, I completed my 5 year apprenticeship program with multiple certifications. During that time in 2016, I won the opportunity to complete in the UA regional HVAC competition in Ann Arbor, MI. In 2019, I was hired as the full-time HVAC instructor for the Plumbers & Pipefitters Apprenticeship Program. Currently I am holding an EPA Universal license, Plumbing license, Master Mechanical license and R-410 A Universal Certificate. In 2021 I was elected to attend the UA convention as a representative of Local Union 441.
Shane Peters started his Plumbing Apprenticeship in 1989 in new construction with service and repair here and there at Dual Plumbing in Santa Monica. Joined Santa Monica UA Local 545 as a BTJ in 1994. In 1996 he joined the City of Santa Monica Water Division and rose to Senior PipeFitter as a State Certified D4 Water Distribution Operator. In 2005 he joined the Building Department as a Combination Inspector holding 7 certifications for Inspection and Plan Check. In 2008 he was Promoted to current Position as Plumbing and Mechanical Plans Examiner III. Shane is a Graduate of PHCC of GLAA and went back to Instruct there for 9 years. He is a Licensed Journeyman Plumber with the County of Los Angeles, Is Current Chair of Southern California Plumbing and Mechanical Chapter for IAPMO. Is Currently serving on the SRC and PCC Committee for IAPMO. Shane Enjoys Guinness on Saturday and Church on Sunday! :-)
John Pint is a United Association Plumber from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He joined Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local 125 in 2001 and completed his apprenticeship in 2006. Before that he spent 9 years in The United States Army and attained a Bachelor of Technology Degree from The University of Northern Iowa. John worked for several contractors while in the field primarily in hospitals, prisons, and schools. He is ASSE 6050 certified to teach Medical Gas Installation, ASSE 12000, Health and Safety of Construction and Maintenance Personnel, and is an OSHA Outreach Training Instructor. He is currently a full time UA Instructor with Local 125.
Phil Ribbs has enjoyed a long and varied career in the plumbing and mechanical industries. In 1974, he began work as a plumbing and mechanical inspector with the city of San Jose, California. He was soon promoted and rose steadily within the organization, until he became the chief plumbing, mechanical, and electrical inspector with San Jose’s Department of Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement. He held that position for nearly 20 years, during which time he witnessed almost every situation imaginable involving plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems. At that point, Phil retired from the city and began his own consulting business.
Phil has been a member of IAPMO for much of his professional life, where he has been highly involved in the development of the codes. He has served on IAPMO Technical Committees and has chaired task groups. He has also participated in IAPMO’s Code Change Committee and the Education Committee. Along with all of those activities, Phil was on our board of directors and held the office of vice president. His efforts were recognized when he was given the Government Person of the Year award in 2004. Phil is a dynamic and extremely well-informed instructor. He has the gift of presenting information in a way that is interesting and easy to understand.