Company Supports Continuing Education Efforts With Equipment Donation

Arizona’s Forrest Anderson Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning thought about what kind of training would be helpful for the next generation of workers when it was called on to remove a medical gas system on a commercial contract

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When Forrest Anderson Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. was asked to remove a medical gas system from a commercial building, education came to mind.

The family-owned business, based in the Phoenix area since 1961, decided to donate the system to the Piping Industry Progress and Education Trust Fund (P.I.P.E.) for training purposes. Highlighting the company’s commitment to training and development, the donation will help future industry experts learn how to manage similar situations and contracts.

Forrest Anderson was contracted to remove an oxygen gas manifold from a commercial property as the new owners were not allowed to use it. Upon removing the box, piping, thermostats and pressure gauges, the team mounted it on a 4x8 piece of plywood so that P.I.P.E could use it for medical gas piping classes.

“When I went through the training, they didn’t always have these components on hand,” says Mark Stevens of Forrest Anderson. “They would just pull pieces out of a box, so newer technicians might not understand how it was installed. By donating it this way, we hope it helps people across the industry who are brought on for similar projects.”

While removing such a system does not require additional qualifications, installation can only be done by technicians with specific training. The team from Forrest Anderson removed the medical gas system within a few hours, mounting it onto the board offsite.

“We are committed to supporting the plumbing and HVAC industry through training and development,” says Audrey Monell, CEO of Forrest Anderson. “This is an exciting industry with numerous opportunities for career development once individuals are trained and experienced. To continue to attract smart and ambitious people to the industry, we hope to support their education with donations like this medical gas system.”

Carl Triphahn, director of P.I.P.E. (left), accepts the equipment donation from Dennis Correll of Forrest Anderson (right).
Carl Triphahn, director of P.I.P.E. (left), accepts the equipment donation from Dennis Correll of Forrest Anderson (right).

P.I.P.E. is a nonprofit established in 1954. P.I.P.E. supports training programs for apprentice and journeyman tradespeople in order to provide participating contractors with thoroughly competent workers. All P.I.P.E. certified journeymen undergo a five-year apprenticeship program to become fully trained in all aspects of the plumbing, pipefitting, and air conditioning industry. 


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