Careers In Construction

TP Mechanical and the Ohio Valley Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) were excited to host tri-state high school counselors this morning at our training facility. We spoke to them about our apprenticeship programs and career paths, as well as earning potential in the construction industry, so they can help educate students considering careers in construction.

Our companies feel it is important to educate counselors because they are helping the next generation of workers discover the best option for them after high school. With the decline in young workers in the construction industry, these learning opportunities are critical to the growth potential and sustainability of our industry.

John Morris & Cody Shaw speaking to high school counselors.

TP Mechanical offers a four-year, state-certified apprenticeship program. Our apprenticeship programs all consist of a minimum of 8,000 on-the-job training hours and 576 hours of classroom learning over the course of the 4 years. We also offer a wide variety of classes outside the core required apprenticeship classes to help you broaden your skills and challenge yourself.

Learn more about our apprenticeship program and career paths, visit www.tpmechanical.com. To learn more about Ohio Valley ABC, visit www.ovabc.org.

The People Behind TP Mechanical Introducing Greg Knue

Greg, Operations Leader of the Kentucky Region, has been with TP Mechanical 21 years. Prior to his current role, Greg has served in many capacities within the company, including superintendent, project manager and instructor for our apprenticeship program.

“I enjoy the variety of circumstances that I am faced with in my day-to-day operations; it keeps me on my toes and always learning,” Greg stated. “This position is very much like a ‘box of chocolate’ – you never know what you might get next.”

Greg works with our Kentucky staff to make sure we are meeting the needs of customers on and off project sites. He stands out for his commitment to helping his team succeed and for being honest with his team members and customers alike.

When asked why he believes TP Mechanical stands apart from other mechanical contractors, Greg said:

“Our company has a very generous training budget with a strong commitment to the personal growth of our employees. The company provides them with ongoing education as well as a career path. This allows our employees the opportunity to excel within our organization and industry while meeting their personal goals.”

City of Columbus Implements Alternative Self-Certification Process as New Ohio Plumbing Code Takes Effect

City of Columbus Implements Alternative Self-Certification Process as New Ohio Plumbing Code Takes Effect

Notable changes were made to Section 312 Tests and Inspections of the Ohio Plumbing Code (OPC), specifically addressing the testing of systems using compressed air. November 1, 2017, was the official adoption date for the updated OPC, based on the 2015 International Plumbing Code.

Beginning December 1, 2017, any installation tested with compressed air will be disapproved.

There were prior amendments to this OPC section in January and October 2016, which are included in the newest adoption of the code. These original revisions were driven by concerns over increasing litigation stemming from testing systems with compressed air.

Due to the OPC changes, as well as those to the Residential Code of Ohio Section 108.8, the City of Columbus Department of Building and Zoning Services (BZS) decided to implement an alternative self-certification option for plumbing contractors.

The OPC does permit alternative testing methods, if approved by the manufacturer of the plumbing system materials. The Columbus BZS verified all manufacturers are accepting a vacuum test, but no companies will accept a test with compressed air or other compressed gas.

“Approved testing methods must be adhered to as over-pressurizing a system with air instead of a vacuum could result in an inspector requiring all piping to be removed and replaced,” said John McCann, TP Mechanical’s Operations Leader for the Columbus Region. “Staying up-to-date and compliant with codes not only saves our clients time and money, but also ensures their facilities are functional and safe.”

For more information

Visit https://www.columbus.gov/bzs/inspections/Plumbing/ to learn more about the code changes and alternative testing methods.

To learn how TP Mechanical can provide comprehensive, innovative solutions to ensure your plumbing meets code, visit http://www.tpmechanical.com/why-choose-tp-mechanical/.

Three Winter Safety Tips for Construction Workers

Three Winter Safety Tips for Construction Workers

The leaves have turned, the sky has gone gray and the temperature has dropped. Fall is officially transitioning to winter, and as it does, TP Mechanical applies our “safety first, always first” mantra to help construction workers deal with the additional challenges they face on the job during the colder months.

Whether its colder temperatures, inclement weather or increased jobsite hazards, winter presents several threats to worker health and safety. Here are three tips to keep construction workers safe in extreme and unusual work conditions.

Tip #1 – Stay Warm by Wearing Winter Gear and Limiting Outdoor Exposure

The most obvious threat winter poses to worker safety is cold and inclement weather. Being aware of daily forecasts and requiring workers to wear the right gear for the job are paramount to keeping them healthy and safe. Boots, gloves, hats, heavy coats, rain gear and more are all essentials to staying warm and preventing hypothermia. Additionally, providing workers with a warm environment for short and frequent breaks can go a long way in protection from the harsh elements.

Health issues, from as minor as a common cold to as severe as hypothermia or frostbite, are often more likely to pop up during the winter, and proper protection can’t always prevent them. Properly educating workers on what symptoms to look for may help them remove themselves from the elements before it becomes dangerous to their health and seek medical treatment sooner.

Here are signs and symptoms of hypothermia:

  • Cool skin
  • Slower, irregular breathing
  • Slower heartbeat
  • Weak pulse
  • Uncontrollable shivering
  • Severe shaking
  • Rigid muscles
  • Drowsiness
  • Exhaustion
  • Slurred speech
  • Memory lapses

The following are signs and symptoms of frostbite:

  • Paleness of the skin
  • Sensation of coldness or pain
  • Pain disappears after a while with the freezing of the tissues.
  • Tissues become increasingly whiter and harder.

Tip #2 – Inspect All Jobsites Daily

Winter weather often means snow and ice, creating additional fall hazards on a worksite. Snow and ice should be removed from the jobsite prior to allowing workers into it. Putting down salt is key to preventing slips and falls from refreeze.

During the winter, weather changes can often be severe and sudden. Precautions should be taken to ensure plans are in place if bad weather strikes without warning to keep workers safe (e.g., utilizing proper lighting and signage on the jobsite in case visibility is decreased).

Tip #3 – Prepare Necessary Vehicles for the Cold

In addition to completing a full inspection of any vehicles before they enter a jobsite, make sure they are stocked with necessities for dealing with winter weather. Supply vehicles with winter emergency kits including items like:

  • Flashlights
  • Extra Batteries
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Blankets
  • Ice Scrapers
  • Shovels
  • Tow Chains
  • Emergency Flares

These items aren’t simply useful commodities – they can be life-saving if conditions on a jobsite degrade rapidly without warning or if another emergency occurs. Make sure every worker knows where to find the kit in every vehicle on the jobsite.

”Safety first, always first” rings true year-round, but winter weather presents different challenges. Taking proper precautions on the jobsite and providing workers with the necessary gear and knowledge to stay warm and safe are critical this time of year.

For more information

Learn more about how safety is a way of life at TP Mechanical and then Contact Us to see how we can provide comprehensive mechanical services for your next project.

Start Planning Today for a Stress-free Holiday Season

Presented by TP Mechanical | Provided by HORAN

While the holiday season brings joy and togetherness, it can also bring stress for many individuals and families. Top holiday stressors include staying on a budget, managing multiple commitments and finding the perfect gift. Fortunately, by getting organized and planning out what you can ahead of time, you can help reduce your holiday stress.

  • Write down any known commitments. Does your child’s school have a holiday concert? Are you planning on hosting a holiday dinner? Making a list of your commitments will help you plan your time and help you avoid double-booking yourself.
  • Create your budget now. If you’re stressed about how your holiday spending will impact you after the holidays are over, you’re not alone. Remember, the sentiment of a gift is much more important than the cost. Set a realistic budget and do not go over it.
  • Start shopping early. Do you already know what you want to get some people on your list? Don’t be afraid to shop early. Sometimes, you can get great deals on presents even before the holiday season hits. Moreover, you can avoid the scenario of not being able to get the gift you want because it’s sold out.

Though these tips won’t prevent all of the holiday stress you may experience, they can definitely can help reduce it. If you experience high holiday stress, try these coping mechanisms to get your stress under control.

The People Behind TP Mechanical Introducing Adam Luensman

Adam has been with TP Mechanical 16 years, starting in our apprenticeship program and quickly working his way up to become a superintendent. Five years ago, Adam moved from the field to our service department, and currently serves as our Cincinnati Regional Sales Representative.

Adam works with our existing and new customers to support their needs when it comes to HVAC, Refrigeration, Fire Protection and Preventative Maintenance Agreements. He feels it is important to educate our customers on how to maintain and increase the longevity of their facility equipment, and thus reduce capital expenditures.

Adam stands out to customers and his team because his trustworthiness and consideration for the customers’ best interest.

Contact Adam at adam.luensman@tpmechanical.com or call him at 513-851-8881.

Licenses Held

  • Kentucky Boiler & HVAC
  • Plumbing: Cincinnati, Dayton, & Indianapolis
  • OSHA 10 Hour
  • OSHA 30 Hour
  • Member of Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce

Fight the Flu with These Simple Tips

Presented by TP Mechanical | Provided by HORAN

The arrival of the fall and winter months signals many things, including the beginning of flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu activity peaks between December and February.

Seasonal influenza can cause serious complications for people of any age, but children and the elderly are more vulnerable. To help keep your household healthy this flu season, consider the following suggestions:

  • Get the flu vaccine. Becoming vaccinated against the flu is the best chance of preventing the illness.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay away from others when you feel under the weather.
  • Wash your hands often using soap and warm water to protect against germs.
  • Get plenty of sleep, stay physically active and drink plenty of water to keep your immune system strong.
  • Manage your stress and eat a nutritious diet rich in healthy grains, fruits, vegetables and fiber.

Sales & Business Development Spotlight Job of the Week

This week, our spotlight job of the week is our opening for a Sales & Business Development representative, located in our Indianapolis, Indiana region.

To learn more about this position and many more please visit our careers page www.tpmechanical.com/careers.