At District Council 16, we do it right….the first time. A highly skilled workforce takes training and dedication to the piping trades. That is why our members are simply the best in the business. We take time to properly train and prepare our workers for all situations, so a project will be done right….the first time.

HVACR Service Technician

A service technician’s work covers the general responsibilities for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR). This would involve the installation and maintenance of all sizes of heating and cooling systems for residential, commercial, institutional and industrial applications. Some job specific applications include complete gas piping installations, high voltage electrical components, testing, analyzing and start-up of systems.


The plumber installs, repairs, maintains, and services piping and plumbing systems and equipment used for drinking (potable) water distribution, sanitary storm water systems, and waste disposal. They also work on technical installations for medical gas, hydronic in-floor heating, solar panels, heat pumps, cross-connection control and many other systems necessary for the general public’s health and safety. A plumber’s work is found mostly in new home building and renovation, high-rises, and commercial construction sectors including hospitals, schools and other institutional buildings.


A Sprinklerfitter installs fire sprinkler, piping systems in commercial, residential and industrial sectors. Having proficient knowledge of fire codes and responsibility for safety applications, this tradesperson installs and maintains pressurized piping equipment and devices to supply fire protection and extinguishing systems with water, foam, carbon dioxide and other materials in places such as hospitals, homes and manufacturing plants – just to name a few.


The steamfitter-pipefitter is a tradesperson with the knowledge and ability to layout, fabricate, assemble, install, maintain, and repair piping systems that transport all types of fluids, slurries and gas in residential, commercial and industrial sectors. They are the only trade to specialize in planning, design, and installation of low- and high-pressure steam systems. Their work is diverse and includes fields such as oil refineries, paper mills, nuclear power plants, manufacturing plants, and the automotive industry. Systems the steamfitter-pipefitter may work on are some of the highest pressure and temperature applications and require a thorough knowledge of scientific principles to complete this type of work safely.


A welder works in every area of the construction industry where metals and alloys are joined. They work with plumbers, pipefitters, sprinkler fitters, and HVACR technicians. Work tasks include installation, maintenance, and repair of all types of piping systems as well as joining structural steel brackets and supports for such systems. A welder has to work in many different environments and in all types of positions. Welders study blueprints, drawing, and specifications for the job and must measure, cut and weld using various welding methods and tools.