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MCAKC Tour of Local 8 & Local 533 Training Centers Draws an Enthusiastic Crowd


The MCAKC organized a tour of Local 8 and Local 533 Training Centers for college interns and employees of our local mechanical contractors. The participants gained hands-on experience soldering copper pipe and cutting cast iron pipe. They learned how MCAKC, Local 8 and Local 533 are Working Together To Build Kansas City!

In a resounding testament to the growing interest in skilled trades, the MCAKC coordinated a tour of the Local 8 and Local 533 Training Centers. The response was overwhelming, with the tour quickly reaching its capacity and leaving a lengthy waitlist of eager participants vying for a chance to partake in the next tour.

This group of 30 participants represented a both college interns and full-time employees from local mechanical contractors.

The Local 8 Training Center provided participants with immersive hands-on experience soldering copper pipes and cutting cast iron pipes by hand. Bill Nieznajko, the Local 8 Training Center Coordinator, led the tour ensuring every participant left with valuable insights into careers in the Plumbing & Gasfitting trades.
With a focus on welding, backflow protection, medical gases, and various other disciplines, this Local 8 Training Center is dedicated to preparing both apprentices and journeypersons to excel in their respective fields.

Chris McGhee, the LU 533 Training Center Coordinator, and Pete Smith, the New Assistant Training Center Coordinator graciously opened their doors, providing tour participants with insight into their cutting-edge classrooms and facilities. Local 533's commitment to staying at the forefront of training was evident in their state-of-the-art programs designed to produce the most adept and skilled service and construction Pipefitters in the industry.

The success of the MCAKC Tour of Local 8 & Local 533 Training Centers underscores the resurgence of interest in trades as viable and lucrative career paths. As technology continues to advance, the demand for skilled professionals who can navigate complex systems and ensure the seamless functioning of critical infrastructure remains robust.

The collaboration between MCAKC, Local 8, and Local 533 has not only enlightened participants but has also showcased the boundless potential within the skilled trades sector. This tour serves as a testament to the dedication of these training centers, instructors, and the participants who are collectively shaping the future of the industry.

View all of our pictures from the Local 8 & 533 Training Center Tours!

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