Mechanical Skills Celebrates Largest Graduating Apprentice Class

Published: May 21, 2018

Mechanical Skills Apprentice School celebrated the accomplishments of 78 graduating plumbing apprentices during the 2018 Apprenticeship Graduation Banquet on Friday, May 18, at Primos Banquet Hall in Indianapolis.

Seventy-two apprentices were on hand to be recognized for completing their apprenticeships before a record crowd of more than 260 apprentices, instructors, family members and friends. Mechanical Skills also recognized four individuals with the Spirit Award, the Most Improved Apprentice, Gene Shahan Apprentice of the Year and Robert V. Hallam Outstanding Apprentice Award.

Mechanical Skills is proud to recognize the next generation of plumbing professionals,” said Laura Ciriello-Benedict, Chairman, Mechanical Skills’ Board. “These graduates made a commitment to have a career and put in the hard work to see it through.”

Friday’s keynote speaker was William Ciriello, a retired licensed plumbing contractor, considered to be the foremost authority on the Indiana Plumbing Code and Chairman of the Indiana Plumbing Commission.

Ciriello encouraged this year’s graduates to continue to learn and to strive to be better, both personally and professionally.

Danny Jackson, Earl Gray & Sons was awarded the Spirit Award which goes to the completing apprentice who best exemplifies the spirit of the plumbing trade: pride in a job well done, a strong work ethic, and willingness to assist others.

The Most Improved Apprentice Award was given to Zachary Personett, Justin Dorsey Plumbing for the most improvement over four years, minimal absences and all required On the Job Training hours submitted.

The Gene Shahan Apprentice of the Year goes to the completing apprentice that has the highest grade average in the fourth year, minimal absences and all required On The Job Training hours submitted. The winner was Scott Lockwood, L.E. Isley & Sons.

The Robert V. Hallam award goes to the completing apprentice that has the highest overall four year grade average, the lowest four year accumulative absences and all On The Job Training hours submitted. The 2018 Award winner was Adam Mills, L.D. Mechanical Contracting.

Each apprentice received a Certificate of Completion from the Office of Apprenticeship and a Gift Bag from Ferguson and Milwaukee Tools.

About Mechanical Skills, Inc.:

Mechanical Skills, Inc. is a non-profit apprenticeship training program approved by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship Training and the Indiana Plumbing Commission. It is the mission of Mechanical Skills, Inc. to provide quality plumbing education for apprentices to become professionals who protect the health of the nation.

Danny Jackson, Spirit Award Winner from Earl Gray & Sons with Doug Isley, Mechanical Skills Board


Zachary Personett, Justin Dorsey Plumbing, Most Improved Apprentice, with Beth Rovazinni, Mechanical Skills Board


Scott Lockwood, L.El Isley & Sons, Gene Shahan Appretnice of the Year with Indiana PHCC President Randy Lynch


Adam Mills, L.D. Mechanical Contractors, Robert V. Hallam Award winner with Mechanical Skills Board Member Paul Hallam


William Ciriello gives Commencement Address

Gift Bags Sponsored by Ferguson and Milwaukee Tools


Laura Ciriello-Benedict


Kristin Hogan, Ferguson


Large Crowd in Attendance


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Greg Brenneman congratulates Albino Figueroa