VDC JOURNEYMAN DETAILER, PLUMBING DIVISION
An interview with Chris:
Which Union are you a Member of?
U.A. Local 469 in Phoenix, Arizona
What's your trade specialization?
Which classification or term are you?
How many years of field work did you have before becoming detailer?
I was in the field on and off throughout my apprenticeship but usually for 1-2 month stretches when detailing got slow.
What type of field work have you performed?
I did installations of PVC, CPVC, HP stainless tubing, PVDF, copper pipe (soldered), small tubing pulls, and hangers. I also worked on a demo of AW and EV lines at Intel, and I was also a field liason at Intel for approximately 8 months.
Where did you work last, and how long were you there?
I worked with Southland Engineering for 3 and a half years.
What are other job roles you have performed in the past?
I've been a Lead Detailer on one small project. Prior to joining the union, I did residential framing, finish carpentry, drywall, design/install/maintenance of several very large aquariums for approximately 7 years.I also did various retail management jobs and CAD jobs for approximately 5 years. Yeah, I'm old, LOL.
What passion, energy or excitement do you bring into the workplace with you?
I really enjoy making a project work when others say it cant be done. Problem solving makes a job more satisfying. I enjoy helping others when I can. While I really enjoy challenges, I also enjoy the simpler tasks as well, such as spooling and cleaning up drawings. Having a big pile of clean, pretty shop drawings done always makes my day.
I do gardening. I also go fishing. I love to cook and spending time with my family. When there's more time, I spend it working on my car.