Employee Spotlight

May 2016


Joel Andrade

Shop Crew

Retrofit Family Since 2012



1.  What do you like most about your job?

 People treat me with respect.

2.  If you could meet anyone who would it be?

 Ozzie Osbourne.

3.  What did you want to be when you were growing up?

 American Football Star.

4.  What do you do in your spare time?

 Spend time with family at the beach and lake.

5.  What was your favorite toy growing up?

 Soccer ball.

6.  What was the first concert you went to?


      One of the strongest assets that Retrofit has, and one of the things that sets us apart from most of our competition, is our shop.  One of the key components of our shop is our lead welder, Joel Andrade.  Not only is Joel one of the strongest welders on the team, but in Tony’s opinion, Joel is one of the best in the industry.  Joel is proficient in every type of welding process that Retrofit does, but he really shines with the “Dual Shield” pipe welding. This process combines flux cored wire with inert gas shielding, and allows for a large weld to be completed in a fraction of the time that tradition arc welding would take.  It’s not only faster, but when done by Joel, the weld looks like a machine did it.

     The other thing that Tony appreciates about Joel is his work ethic. We have a standing joke that we need our welders to “shut up and weld”. With Joel, we never have to say that because that’s exactly what he does!


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