MSMU Challenge

In a display of unparalleled skill and knowledge, the recent MSMU Apprenticeship Challenge pushed the boundaries of excellence as apprentices tested their mettle in the fields of sheet metal and plumbing/piping. This dynamic competition served as a platform to celebrate the exceptional abilities of participants and their dedication to mastery in their respective trades. Join us as we delve into the intricacies of the challenge, witness the participants’ remarkable accomplishments, and applaud their unwavering pursuit of excellence.

The Sheet Metal category of the challenge set the stage for rigorous tests that pushed the limits of the apprentices’ abilities. Tasked with interpreting complex Plans and Specifications, the crews demonstrated their prowess in comprehending technical blueprints. They then showcased their expertise by skillfully completing a sheet metal take-off and meticulously creating an order form, leaving no room for error. The apprentices faced the scrutiny of an esteemed panel of judges, who meticulously examined their workmanship, attention to detail, and accuracy. As the competition unfolded, the crews faced further challenges in constructing sets, their craftsmanship and precision evaluated with a discerning eye.

Parallel to the Sheet Metal category, the Plumbing/Piping crews embarked on an equally demanding endeavor. Armed with Plans, Specifications, and submittals, they delved into the intricacies of roughing in a bathroom carrier group to serve a water closet and lavatory. Every intricate detail of their workmanship and precision was meticulously assessed, with a particular focus on their ability to perform air tests on domestic water and sanitary systems, ensuring the highest standards of accuracy.

Throughout the competition, participants showcased mastery in their trades, displaying a deep understanding of the complex principles underlying sheet metal and plumbing/piping. Their exceptional craftsmanship, attention to detail, and commitment to delivering excellence were evident in every aspect of their performance. The apprentices embraced the challenge with determination, embracing the opportunity to hone their skills and further their expertise. The collective spirit of growth and camaraderie that permeated the competition fostered an environment of continuous improvement within the apprenticeship community.

The MSMU Apprenticeship Challenge crowned deserving winners who stood out for their outstanding performances. In the Sheet Metal category, Steve King (Level 3) secured the coveted 1st place, while Brandon Gilbert (Level 4) showcased his prowess by earning the distinguished 2nd place. In the Plumbing category, Joshua Thompson (Level 3) and Lucas Bradley (Level 4) emerged as joint 1st place winners, highlighting their exceptional skills. Additionally, Ryan DiTommaso (Level 3) earned recognition for achieving the highest Plumbing quiz score, showcasing his comprehensive knowledge and commitment to excellence.

The MSMU Apprenticeship Challenge not only celebrated the exceptional skills and knowledge of participants but also pushed the boundaries of what is possible in the fields of sheet metal and plumbing/piping. The unwavering dedication and craftsmanship displayed by the apprentices were truly remarkable, serving as a testament to their commitment to excellence. As we applaud their outstanding performances, we also recognize the profound impact of the challenge in fostering a culture of continuous improvement within the apprenticeship community. Congratulations to all participants and winners for their extraordinary achievements at the MSMU Apprenticeship Challenge.


WPAFB Sensors Lab

Wright-Patt Air Force Base sought contractors to renovate and add onto the Sensors Lab. The HVAC portion of the project was over $13 million.

  • MSD served as the Design Assist Contractor in conjunction with Heapy Engineering for this project. In collaborating with General Contractor, Butt Construction, MSD provided Design Assist solutions for the following:
    • A large, anechoic chamber
    • An outdoor range
    • Multiple, Class-100 clean rooms
    • A three-story office building addition with DCID 6-9 requirements on many of the rooms

WPAFB Chilled Water System

The chilled water system at a high-security building on the Air Force Base was undersized and unable to keep up with demand. The facility could not operate without chilled water due to the amount of information servers in the building, and the general nature of the building itself. The entire upgrade project would need to be completed with minimal shut down time at the building. HVAC portion of this project was over $3 million.

  • MSD worked in collaboration with Diaz Construction to complete the system upgrades on time and on budget with minimal shutdowns or disruption to the facility operations.

LJB, Inc.

LJB, Inc. was renovating their Miamisburg, OH office and wanted to incorporate energy-saving upgrades.

  • MSD provided Design Build services in tandem with Greensleeves Energy Solutions, a specialist in geothermal systems.
  • MSD and Greensleeves installed a new geothermal HVAC system with open and closed loops. In addition, MSD design and installed the plumbing portion of the renovation.