Eric is a building trades journeyman UA steamfitter with experience in the construction industry since 2002. Eric attended Purdue University's School of Engineering for Computer Engineering, but opted to jump to a career in the construction industry instead. He completed the apprenticeship at UA Local 440 Plumbers, Steamfitters, & HVACR Service Technicians in 2009.
Since that time, Eric has worked in a wide variety of roles on commercial and industrial construction projects. He has vast experience in Autodesk software, robotic total station layout, laser scanning, and much more. In 2010, Eric began teaching rigging and technology courses to building trades journeymen and apprentices. In 2015, he began creating courses and teaching construction technology nationally for the United Association - representing over 355,000 piping professionals. In 2016 & 2022, Eric was a speaker at Autodesk University. In 2018, he was featured by the Autodesk Skilled Trades program. He is now both a Revit Certified Professional in Revit for Mechanical Design and an Autodesk Certified Instructor.
Eric is a self-motivated leader that excels in analyzing, solving problems, and streamlining office-to-jobsite and design-to-fabrication workflows. He will work closely with your team to ensure your projects are successful!
Derek began his construction career working for a mechanical contractor while he was a high school senior in Elkhart, Indiana. After graduation, he started his apprenticeship with the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters. Derek then moved to Arizona and joined UA Local 469 in Phoenix. From his very first job in Arizona, he witnessed how VDC was a major part of construction, increasing productivity and efficiency. In 2013, he took an AutoCAD course at Local 469’s training center which sparked his interest in becoming a piping detailer. Shortly after the course was complete, Derek was given an opportunity to work as a detailer for a mechanical contractor making fabrication drawings.
Since then, Derek moved back to Indiana and transferred his membership to UA Local 440 in Indianapolis. He started detailing with a local mechanical contractor. There he learned how to connect coordinated models with the field install using robotic total station layout. In 2017, he started teaching VDC courses at Local 440’s training center with Eric Posey. Derek found his passion for training other trades workers on various VDC processes. This passion was realized on a national scale. In 2019, he began instructing at the UA’s Instructor Training Program (ITP), a train-the-trainer forum for all instructors across North America.
For Derek, VDC is a natural fit as it allows him to look for more efficient ways of completing tasks using technology.
Chris is a building trades journeyman pipefitter from UA Local 440 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is an accomplished welder and craftsman with extensive experience in on-site layout, shop fabrication, rigging and field installation. His field experience is well-rounded. It ranges across the oil and gas pipeline, food-grade and pharmaceutical piping, and industrial power generation industries.
Chris came to FUSED with experience in both Revit and AutoCAD. He began his construction modeling career with courses offered through the Training Center at UA Local 440. Shortly after completion, Chris was promoted to the BIM department of his mechanical contractor as a Virtual Piping Designer. He has worked with multiple UA contractors modeling time and cost sensitive jobs, as well as coordinating with other skilled trades and general contractors.
Chris is an instructor with the UA Local 440 Training Center. He graduated from the UA Instructor Training Program at Washtenaw Community College in 2021. He teaches Trade Related Math, Pipe Layout, Tube Bending, and Welding to building trades apprentices. Chris makes a strong effort to fuse construction technology into what has traditionally been an analog education.
Kyle is a building trades journeyman sheet metal worker from SMART Local 20 in Indianapolis, Indiana. His construction experience began in high school with manufacturing, welding, and electrical vocational training. After high school, Kyle began his apprenticeship at SMART Local 20. He completed his apprenticeship while also earning an Applied Associates of Science Degree specializing in sheet metal.
Since becoming a journeyman, Kyle worked with Indianapolis based contractors in the field. He is specialized in field installations, field measurement and shop fabrication. In 2008, Kyle began diving into construction technology modeling ductwork with AutoCAD. He gained a wealth of experience in design in AutoCAD, CAD/CAM and Revit working on large projects.
Kyle’s knowledge of the industry and technology, combined with results-driven attitude, enable him to deliver optimal solutions to FUSED customers.