About the Joint Apprenticeship Training Program

We, at JATC, are confident that our program is a great fit for you and your future skilled traded career. Meet the faces behind our leadership team, the names behind our esteemed training staff and the great history JATC shares with Columbus, Ohio!

JATC for Plumbers, Pipefitters and HVAC/R Technicians have a long standing history.

The Rich JATC History Timeline

Below is a timeline of the great history of the skilled traded career for plumbers, pipefitters, welders, and services technicians that JATC shares with Columbus, Ohio.

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1922

#189 establishes its initial apprenticeship program.

1929

The program goes on hiatus due to the Great Depression.

1937

Local #189 opens its apprenticeship program, but had to, once again, go on hiatus, this time due to war.

1946

The Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC) registers with the State of Ohio’s Department of Industrial relations and establishes a formal apprenticeship program.

1948

The school is located in a small vocational school building owned by the Columbus Public Schools, based near downtown Columbus. A few years later, the school moved to Central High School.

1950

The five-year apprenticeship program begins under the organization of William Beckel, a local 189 plumber and former naval officer. He remained at the helm until 1966 when Jack Wenger took over. Dick Patterson was next in line, in 1968, until Dick Patterson took over in 1994. Patterson is the current training coordinator.

1964

The school moves to 840 Alton Avenue.

1980

JATC moves to its current location at 1226 Kinnear Road.

1985

JATC leases an additional 2,776 square feet to expand a new weld shop. The former weld shop is turned into a classroom.

1989

A 2,400 square foot project room is added to the rear of the building.

1996

An additional 1,300 square foot is leased to create a medical gas classroom and 296 square feet is added to the weld shop classroom.

1999

An additional 2,000 square foot are is leaded for more classroom and office space.

The Deep Heritage of UA 189 & The JATC Program

Taken from Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 189: 100 Years of Solidarity

“The goal of the Joint Apprenticeship Training Program of #189 has always been to continue the time-honored tradition of apprenticeship and to build upon this tradition to provide high-quality training for future apprentices. In 1922, a five-year apprenticeship program was established by the United Association. This was the same year that local #189 established its apprenticeship program. Within five short years, apprenticeship training became a part of a state wide program that was authorized by the State Board of Vocational Education and the State Joint Apprenticeship Commission.”

Training Instructors


Dave Arehart


BTA 1st Year Instructor & Authorized Test Representative

Joe Bontrager


BTA 1st Year Instructor

Bryan Brown


Welding Instructor & Authorized Test Representative

Mike Crocco


BTA 2nd Year Heating Instructor

Dan Curtis


MESA 5th Year and Backflow Instructor

Ed Duckworth


BTA 2nd Year Heating Instructor

Mike Dyer


Welding Instructor & Authorized Test Representative

Allan Fala


MESA 3rd Year Instructor

Gene Fleshman


BTA 3rd Year Refrigeration Instructor

Chad Gaskell


MESA 1st Year Lab Assistant

Dave Graves


Rigging and Crane Signalperson Instructor

Ron Graves


Foreman Certification and Drawing Instructor

Jimi Green


BTA 1st Year Instructor

Clint Hanley


ICRA Instructor

Butch Harvey


MESA 1st Year Instructor

Heather Hawkins


Total Station Instructor

Dick Henry


Welding Instructor & Authorized Test Representative

Mark Huggins


CPR Instructor

Matt Jakelsky


Rigging and Crane Signalperson Instructor

Ian Kise


Lt. Commercial Instructor

Mike Klingler


MESA 5 Lab Assistant

Jim Krupp


BTA Refrigeration Lab Assistant

Ted Lancia


BTA Plumbing Lab Assistant

Dave Maxwell


MESA 2nd Year and Backflow Instructor

Rod McIntyre


MESA 4TH Year Instructor

Jeff Mix


Auto CAD Instructor

John Noll


Foreman Certification and Drawing Instructor

Dave Noltemeyer


BTA 2nd Year Heating Instructor

Mary Nutter


Journeyman Plumbing Instructor

Mike Pesicek


Instrumentation Instructor

J.J. Richards


Medical Gas Certification and ICRA Instructor

Jim Sindel


Computer Instructor

Jack Soma


OSHA Instructor

Dan Stainbrook


OSHA Instructor

Charlie Volpe


Rigging and Crane Signalperson Instructor

Lou Volpe


BTA Plumbing Instructor

Karl Vradenburg


Welding Instructor & Authorized Test Representative

Bill Welch


Computer Instructor

Our Staff


Richard Manley


Training Director

rmanley@columbusmail.com

Jacki Vradenburg


Secretary/Bookkeeper

jvradenburg@columbusmail.com