AFE Tour of the Pipe Trades Training Center in San Jose, CA


The tour included a demonstration of how improperly sized piping can result in water hammer. Click to play video.

Facilities operation and maintenance personnel are typically kinesthetic learners. They tend to learn best by doing and observing, rather than following complex written procedures. On July 27, 2011 the Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE) members and guests toured of the state-of-the-art, 100,000 square foot Loyd E. Williams Pipe Trades Training Center, where UA 393 apprentices and journeymen learn and hone their skills. You will be amazed at the vast array of hands-on training technologies, labs, and demonstrations used to train our local trades professionals. The tour included visits to:

·    Rigging Area for training how to lift heavy objects such as air handlers, boilers, and chillers;
·    Basic Electricity and Digital Control Lab for training on how to work on the vast array of energy management control systems;
·    Pneumatics Lab for learning how to work with compressed air and how to integrate pneumatic control systems with the newer digital control systems;
·    Backflow Prevention Lab for learning how to install, test, and repair backflow preventers;
·    Test and Balance Lab for learning how to adjust and balance HCAC systems for optimum efficiency;
·    Model Hospital Operating Room for learning about piping systems for medical gases and adjusting air flow in an operating room;
·    Steam Lab that uses glass piping to facilitate learning by enabling students to observe the liquid/gas change of state; and a
·    Water Hammer Demonstration using ultraviolet light and glass piping to illustrate how improperly sized piping can result in water hammer.

Click for more information on the Pipe Trades Training Center.

Presentation on the Use of Video
After the tour, Michael Bukay gave a presentation about how facilities personnel and vendors can harness the power of video to save time and money. Click to view a synopsis of the “Don’t Just Tell Me…SHOW ME!” presentation.

Michael Bukay is an Industrial Video Producer and the New Media Chair of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the AFE. Examples of his work can be seen at

About Michael Bukay, MS

Hello! I'm Mike Bukay, founder of Michael Bukay & Associates. Much of my career has been spent as a consultant/troubleshooter/instructor in the field of high purity industrial water treatment. During this time I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of clients including IBM, Intel, Electric Power Research Institute, Genentech, Hewlett Packard, Advanced Micro Devices, and many others. These experiences provide me with a solid foundation for the operation and maintenance requirements, and training needs, for process-critical industrial equipment. After 18 years of consulting work, I decided to follow my passion to make movies. I took classes and started making movies. Now, we produce a wide variety of videos. I love the work!
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