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Welcome to a great industry!

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Industry Profiles

In-depth look into careers Electricians

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Building Futures magazine is a work–readiness publication focused on introducing readers to the construction trades. While there are other sectors one could consider, the construction industry offers a unique education and training module called apprenticeships that provide on-the-job training like no other. As you look through our pages, keep an open mind – this isn’t your “dirty jobs” industry, but rather an industry that is technologically advanced, with countless entry points for training and employment opportunities you may never have thought of.

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EDU Connecting after-school students with the construction trades

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INTRODUCTION | FROM THE PUBLISHER

WELCOME! to the spring issue of

BUILDING FUTURES MAGAZINE

SPRING 2020 · VOLUME 24 · ISSUE 1

buildingfuturesmag.com PUBLISHER Denise Rothwell CONSULTANT Tom Goodhue, Executive Director of the OBC CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Meaghan Branham COPY EDITOR Corodon Fuller CREATIVE SERVICES Tanya Mutton, SidekickCreations.com

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any of you may not know that while the magazine’s primary focus is on the construction industry, when we talk construction, were talking everything from single family homes and apartments, restaurants, stores, hospitals, schools, and sports facilities to industrial plants and refineries. And let’s not forget infrastructure. That’s all the roads and bridges we use every day. It’s an understatement to say the industry is D-I-V-E-R-S-E. And, within all that, are many other industries you might not directly associate with building like manufacturing, transportation and technology. For example: ●

Manufacturing provides the construction industry many of the materials used in the process of building.

Transportation gets those products to the jobsite – everything from trucks and railways to Amazon Delieveries

Technology is exciting in that it is at the forefront of many of the advances in building we have today!

Most important is that this industry is made of people, who are passionate about what they do and want to help you find your success. Inside this issue we’ve highlighted some great companies we want you to learn about including an inside look into what it took to remodel Hayward Track and Field in Eugene, and insight into the diversity of plumbing industry and its training programs. Plus! We have several “industry profiles” throughout the magazine to provide you expanded information on some of the trades you might have an interest in pursuing. Please - take this issue of Building Futures magazine and consider it your personal invitation to reach out, talk to us and learn everything you can about this amazing industry. We think you’ll like what you see. Here’s to your success!

Denise Rothwell, Publisher Building Futures magazine

Here’s the thing. All of this equals jobs – employment opportunities for you. Yes, some require training, but some you can apply for now.

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CONTRIBUTION WRITERS Meg Kilmer, Elyssa Coultas ADVERTISING/EDITORIAL INQUIRIES Denise Rothwell denise@pnwsm.com OREGON BUILDING CONGRESS Tom Goodhue, Executive Director 9450 SW Commerce Circle, Suite 101 Wilsonville, OR 97070 503-685-8313|tgoodhue@obcweb.com SHAPING THE FUTURE OF CONSTRUCTION WITH NEW IDEAS, RESOURCES, AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Building Futures magazine is a product of the Oregon Building Congress and is published biannually by PNWSM-Media. To subscribe, visit buildingfuturesmag.com. ©2020 Building Futures magazine is published 3 times per year (March, June, & October) by Pacific NW Sales & Marketing (PNWSM-Media) in association with the Oregon Building Congress. All rights reserved. Information obtained by PNWSM-Media is from sources believed to be reliable. However, while every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information contained herein, PNWSM-Media, its principals and associates are not held liable for errors and omissions. In addition, mention of any product, or opinions expressed by bylined articles are those of the authors, or those quoted, and do not constitute the endorsements or opinions of the magazine and are not necessarily those of PNWSM-Media. The inclusion of advertising is a service and does not constitute an endorsement.

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BUZZWORTHY Forest Grove’s VIKING HOUSE The Viking House is a single-family home project built by advanced construction students from Forest Grove High School. These young builders perform all of the major carpentry tasks on the home through the course of the school year in conjunction with industry professionals. They’ve completed one project every year since 1975, and the program is self-funded using profits from previous projects. Check out what these talented students have been doing all year!

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Career Day at HSW

Students from Cascadia Tech Academy and Evergreen High School participated in the Skills USA Carpenters competition framing a wall, laying out rafters, and a nailing where safety, use of materials, and proper technique were key. Then, there was the exam! You really needed to know your stuff here! But wait! Who won?

Howard S. Wright hosted students and educators from seven Portland-area high schools at its annual Career Day with the Portland Workforce Alliance in December 2019. Students learned about careers and educational paths in construction management and the skilled trades, toured the RitzCarlton and Moxy hotel worksites and participated in hands-on activities.

Winners by placement were: 1st Place: Tim Bobrik-CTA 2nd Place: Rand Karlsen-CTA 3rd Place: Cole Cuypers-EHS 4th Place: Kyle Killam-CTA 5th Place: Tommy Roberts-CTA

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“I was surprised by how much office work and preplanning goes into a job... It showed me that if I work hard in my shop classes, I’ll have experience going into a trade school.” -- Ty B. of Franklin High CAREERS Start at these BIG EVENTS!

Roofers and Waterproofers Graduating Class ROCKS!

Portland WorkForce Alliance: March 10th. www.portlandworkforcealliance.org Linn-Benton College CTE Signing Day: March 13th. www.linnbenton.edu

6th Place: Ethan Hoesly-CTA 7th Place: Gabe Davis-CTA 8th Place: Beux Fontaine-EHS 9th Place: Kelsharie Hermogila-EHS 10th Place: Emma Moreno-EHS Prizes donated by: PNCI, Milwaukie Tools, Bill Culver, Building Futures magazine, A.N.C.O., Carpenters Local 1503, CTA, Bend Heating & Sheet Metal, and Bear Electric. Special thanks to PNCI for use of their venue and to Mike Hawes, Miguel Montano, Bill Draper, CTA., Lance Landis, CTA., Bill Culver, EHS, John Gilmore, Matt Yackell and Meg Kilmer.

Congratulations go out to the OR & SW WA Roofers & Waterproofers 2019 Graduating Class of Skilled Journeyman! Photo courtesy of White Space Creative

WHAT SUCCESS LOOKS LIKE! “I feel a freedom in being able to do the work I do. I take pride in my skill and my trade.” — Suzanne Young, Journeyman Roofer

Oregon Tradeswomen’s Career Fair: May 16th. www.tradeswomen.net IEC Celebrating Women in the Electrical Trades: March 20th. www.iecoregon.org Willamette Valley Construction Career Day April 29th. bit.ly/2wi9BvL Dozer Days: May 16th / Vancouver, WA May 30-31 / Eugene, OR www.dozerday.org Roofing Competition: May 29-30th. www.orswroofersapp.com

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FEATURE | BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR

PUTTING A FACE ON

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n the face of it, the constriction industry is just that – an industry; but take a closer look and you’ll find people with real passion for what they do and a true sense of pride in their work. Most

important, you find people that don’t just work together, but work as a team both inside their companies and alongside each other to bring their knowledge, craftsmanship, customer service, and quality products to the jobsite every day. It’s something you’ve almost got to see to believe. And trust me, if you do get a chance to spend some time with someone in the construction industry, be it the owner of a large commercial construction company, subcontractor,

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supplier or service company, even a new apprentice on the job – do it! Jump at the chance, because this industry is made up of real pros – good at what they do because they work hard, take pride in a job well done, and, at the end of the day, can stand back and say, “hey, I built that!” To show you what we mean, we invited a few amazing companies to give us a little insight into how they are and what they look for when hiring. We are hoping that it will inspire and motivate you to take the time to get to know this industry and learn about the countless opportunities it has to offer for training and employment, but most importantly, a career you too can be proud of.


Company: WALSH Construction Co. Location: Portland, OR Specialty: Multi-family Housing, Healthcare, Education, Hospitality, and More President: Matt Leeding

Company: General Sheet Metal Location: Clackamas, OR Specialty: Mechanical, Architectural & Speciality Metals, Siding, Roofing & HVAC Equipment Owner: Carol Duncan

WALSH is a Pacfic NW builder who specializes in building community-minded projects in markets like Affordable Housing, Hospitality, Healthcare, and Education.

What kinds of things do you build?

General Sheet Metal builds ductwork that is hidden in the ceilings, metal panels that hang on the outside of buildings, pizza pans, pin tail catchers, clam diggers, and whatever you can imagine being built out of metal – or sometimes even plastic. We also fabricate 80% of what we install unlike most specialty construction trades. What makes your work exciting?

We get to change the skyline of the cities we work in. How does your work make a difference?

What makes your work exciting?

The work we do builds communities and empowers people! To add value to the neighborhoods that we live, work, and play in brings a sense of gratitude to every member of our team. Building the future of our communities is an honor.

Mechanically, we are responsible for delivering clean air in homes, offices, schools, athletic centers, hotels, warehouses, theaters, and anywhere you heat, cool, exhaust, or bring air into a conditioned space. Architecturally, we enhance the exterior and the interior of buildings, we provide protection for corners, art for walls and ceilings, security doors to protect‌ the list goes on.

What advice would you give to someone exploring a construction career?

Do it! There are so many different types of construction, so finding one that fits your interest is completely doable. The construction industry is full of men and women who work hard to create a lasting product, and they get paid very well to do what they do. In construction, you make a great livable wage while contributing in a positive way to your community. What do you look for when growing your team?

Someone who cares about the work they are doing, where they demonstrate a good work ethic and collaborate well with others. If you want to grow and learn in your career, WALSH is a great place to be. Do you offer mentorship, apprenticeship, or internship programs?

Yes! We are signatory to the union for our craft positions, so we would recommend that you start there. If you are a college student, regardless of majors/degrees, we have internships each summer. We typically have made hiring decisions in the fall preceeding summer, so keep an eye on our website for upcoming college career fairs.

How do you compete for great employees?

When building our team, we offer a culture of continuous learning, inclusivity, and diversity. We strive every day to be a great place to work, to acknowledge and appreciate what each individual brings to the team. We are innovative, curious and solutions driven. What advice would you give to someone exploring a construction career?

I would say look for something you can feel passionate about and just give it a try. Continued on page 10

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team but also an excitement to be in the industry. What makes this work exciting?

Company: Fred Shearer & Sons, Inc. Location: Tigard, OR Specialty: Walls & Ceilings Contractor Owner: John Park

Thriving in an environment of collaboration, innovation, and safety

Fred Shearer & Sons is Portland’s longest operating walls and ceiling contractor. Established in 1916, they perform a wide range of work including, metal stud framing, drywall installation and finishing, acoustical and specialty ceiling installation clean room systems, fireproofing, stucco, and specialty plaster systems.

It is really neat to be able to be a part of a team that comes together to create a building or space that will stand the test of time. Nothing is more exciting than to see (and brag about) buildings that you have worked on over your career.

Company: Bend Heating and Sheet Metal Location: Bend, OR Specialty: A/C Repair, Installation, and, Service Owner: Scott Zettle Bend Heating and Sheet Metal is renowned for being the oldest, most certified HVAC contractor in Bend, Oregon. They install, repair, and maintain heating and cooling systems in addition to fabricating sheet metal for use in homes and business.

How does your work make a difference?

We believe in - Hard Work - Training - Construction

We believe in YOU! 8015 SW Hunziker St, - Tigard, OR 97223

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We are proud of the fact that our employees help provide facilities vital in making our society stronger and healthier. With our skills and knowledge we are able to help build hospitals and research facilities vital in caring for those in need and working towards cures for diseases, educational facilities to help educate and train future generations, and high tech facilities that help develop and build cutting edge technology that keeps our country positioned as a world leader. Overall we are proud that Fred Shearer & Son’s craftsmen have, for over 100 years, played a role in building our country towards a stronger future.

How do you compete with others in the industry?

We have branded ourselves in this area as a long-standing communityminded company with competitive pricing and good service. What makes this work exciting?

You get to create something that you can be proud of while in different environments all the time. Do you offer mentorship or apprenticeship programs?

Yes, we offer 4-year programs. What advice would you give to someone looking into a construction career?

Carefully choose what trade you want. Get into an apprenticeship program to get the most of your career.

What advice would you give to someone exploring a construction career?

Make sure you come in with the understanding this is a career not just a job. If you come to work every day to learn and strive to further that career you will be on the right track. What sets certain applicants apart?

Folks who show enthusiasm and desire to not only be a part of our

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Continued on page 11


How can I stand out to you as an applicant?

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“I like assertive, positive team players and problem solvers.” Well educated is a big plus. What opportunities are there for growth?

I started out pushing a broom, now I’m the owner. There is always room for advancement.

What makes this work exciting?

What makes construction so exciting is that every day is different. No two projects are exactly the same. New challenges pose themselves everyday. Our people take pride in facing those challenges, and we know we can’t do it alone. That is why our motto is “Together We Build,” because it takes true partnership and collaboration to do what we do. We work hand-in-hand with our clients, our trade partners, and amongst ourselves to ensure that we provide the highest quality projects. What advice would you give to someone looking into a construction career?

Company: Western Partitions, Inc. Location: Wilsonville, OR Specialty: Wall and Ceiling Specialty Subcontractor Owner: Victor Roach Western Partitions, Inc. is a wall and ceiling specialty contracting firm headquartered in Portland with 6 other regional offices across the West in Oregon, Washington, Nevada, California, Idaho, Hawaii, Alaska, Utah, and New Mexico. How does your work make a difference?

IF YOU HAVE A GREAT ATTITUDE, LIKE WORKING AS A TEAM AND ARE MOTIVATED TO DO A GREAT JOB

We make a difference by truly being a part of the communities we build in. Each of our 7 regional offices is dedicated to integrating our operations into the local community. Our regional teams are made up of professional tradespeople who come from the area where they are working. This way, when we build a school, we know it is a school our children will be attending, or when we build a hospital, it is the hospital we take our families to for medical care. We find that we do our best work and make the biggest difference when our people have a vested interest in the projects they are working on.

Carefully choose what trade you want. Get into an apprenticeship program to get the most of your career. How can I stand out to you as an applicant?

I like assertive, positive team players and problem solvers. Well-educated is a big plus. What opportunities are there for growth?

I started out pushing a broom, now I’m the owner. There is always room for advancement.

Company: Mr. Rooter Plumbing Location: Gladstone, OR Specialty: Service Plumbing, Drain Cleaning, Sewer Repair and Replacement Owner: Steve Ferree Mr. Rooter is a plumbing and drain cleaning company focused on service and repair in addition to the repair and replacement of sewer lines for both residential and commercial. What makes this work exciting?

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Salem Portland 503.378.0183 503.294.0202 www.andersonroofing.net

How do you compete with others in the industry?

Our breadth and depth of specialty scope expertise allows us to support our customers by packaging multiple scopes of work together into one contract.

It is different every day. Our service professionals see 2-3 different jobs a day. They work hard to leave the customer feeling GREAT, not just about the job that was completed, but about the entire experience from the moment they placed the call.

Continued on page 13

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Hoffman’s builds urban highrise towers and cultural projects: everything from schools, healthcare, offices, sports, advanced technology, industrial manufacturing facilities, water treatment plants, and more. Our work includes preconstruction services, new construction, renovations, and tenant improvements as well. What advice would you give to someone exploring a construction career?

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Try different things in the industry, be it plumbing, electrical, framing, etc. See what interests you. Being on the service side of construction, there are also opportunities for individuals that enjoy being around people and making a difference in their day. What do you look for when growing your team?

We look for ATTITUDE. We want positive, high integrity, and motivated individuals. We can train them on the technical skills, but attitude is hard to train.

What do you look for when growing your team?

I look for individuals with integrity, a sense of urgency, and a desire to learn. What sets certain applicants apart?

Applicants who have worked while they were in high school and college, have the ability to communicate, understand the workplace environment, and are capable of multitasking. ■

Do you offer mentorship, apprenticeship, or internship programs?

We often hire people with no experience in the industry, placing them in our own 8-12 week “Serivce Professional – Drain Cleaning” training program where they work one-on-one, learning how to be successful drain cleaners and make a great income.

Company: Hoffman Construction Company Location: Portland, OR Specialty: General Contracting Vice President: Brenda Alexander Please provide a brief explanation of your company?

Founded in Portland, Oregon in 1922, Hoffman is the largest general contractor headquartered in the Northwest. The company is visiondriven with a strong set of values whose culture is built around trust, community, conflict resolution, commitment, accountability, innovation, achieving results, and giving back. A key foundation of our success is the fact that Hoffman is a privately-held, employee-owned corporation, with over 100 employee-owners. What do you build?

MARINE COMBAT ENGINEER FINDS CAREER IN CONSTRUCTION Marcques Walton was an Engineer Assistant/ Combat Engineer in the United States Marine Corp from 2000 to 2006. He started working at MTI in March of 2019 How did you get into the industry? I got into this industry speaking with a career specialist at Work-Source Oregon that brought it to my attention to look into it because of my engineering background from the military. Once I did my research, I knew this industry would be a great fit for me and challenging at the same time. How was your experience working the Hayward? My experience working at UofO Hayward Field Renovation Project has been fantastic, having the opportunity to learn from people like Steve Griffith (Regional Director for Materials Testing & Inspection) and many others who have been in the industry a long time. Also the uniqueness of the project itself is interesting. Any words of wisdom for people who plan to get into the construction industry? My advice for anyone considering getting into the construction industry would be; never be afraid to ask questions, challenge yourself, and be willing to work with anyone.

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RENOVATING HAYWARD FIELD STURDY - STRONG - SUSTAINABLE

From Classic to Cutting Edge

Trades involved: >>Plumbers >>Electricians >>Heavy equipment operators >>Laborers >>Steel fabricators >>Welders >>Concrete masons >>Carpenters >>Painters >>Pavers

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ow do you make one of the most famous track and field stadiums in the world even more impressive? It started with General Contractor, Hoffman Construction, Architects SRG Partnership and literally hundreds of specialized tradesmen and women.

Hayward Field at the University of Oregon has been around for a century, but in 2018 it was time for a change. Funded by Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife Penny Knight, the new facility raises the bar with unobstructed

views from every single one of the 12,650 permanent seats, amazing acoustics thanks to a one-of-a-kind roofing structure, and state-of-the-art facilities under the stadium for the athletes themselves. The reimagined stadium will give athletes—an unparalleled stage on which to push the limits of what is possible while providing the ultimate fan experience—a theater for track with comfortable seats, in-stadium amenities, amazing sight lines and intimacy to the competitors. Here’s how it happened:

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Check out the video to watch the transformation:


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The “heroic” design of the wooden roof – including a high-tech transparent roof covering – started with welders connecting 76 curved structural steel bents. Then a special 400-ton-capacity crane put the pieces in place. The finishing touch? Timber beams to represent Oregon’s fir forests. The new 187-foot-tall, Olympic-torchshape tower was poured layer by layer by concrete masons, with each layer coming in at 14-feet high. 10 layers later it was topped by a crown of concrete weighing a whopping 33 tons! Finished with fabricated steel panels showing off five icons of the University’s legacy, now the landmark can be seen from all over the city.

16,500 gallons of polyurethane were poured to make the new nine-lane track. Chemical engineers developed the special polyurethane track to improve athletes’ performance and safety for even more record-setting track and field moments in the new stadium.

More than 50 miles of conduit were laid to house electrical wiring and cables for support cameras and stadium systems including speakers, wind gauges, communications and displays.

Nike’s creative director Todd Van Horne and head coach Robert Johnson helped design the facilities underneath the stadium. Benefits for athletes using the women’s and men’s modern locker rooms are: State of the art equipment, weight and video room, hydrotherapy room, treatment and rehab area, anti-gravity treadmill room, passive and active recovery spaces and even a barber shop! ■ BuildingFuturesMag.com|SPRING 2020|BUILDING FUTURES|15


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id you know the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union counts Albert Einstein as an honorary member? It’s true – and at Einstein’s request. In a letter to a magazine in 1954, he revealed that if he could do it all over again, “I would rather choose to be a plumber […] in the hope to find that modest degree of independence still available.” Einstein had it right about the

independence of his would-be profession, but what he forgot to mention was that the work of a plumber is as valuable to the world around us as his theory of relativity – one just lets you get your hands a little dirtier. Healthy drinking water, drought relief, water efficiency solutions, energy savings, sustainable irrigation, disease prevention – more than just conveniences, these feats of plumbing are the backbone of our daily lives.

What They Do

There are a ton of opportunities and varieties of plumbing work to choose from: ● Pipelayers: These skilled tradesmen can work in any part of the plumbing industry they want – commercial, industrial, or residential – laying down the pipes for systems that sustain the entire modern world from sewage disposal, water, drainage, and more. They get to use some of the coolest equipment too, like hydraulic excavators, lasers, and surveyor’s equipment, working with the land to measure the proper slope and placement of the trenches they dig to install their systems. They can read blueprints, measure, cut, and create pipe, and weld materials like copper and steel. ● Pipefitters and Steamfitters: Two of the highest paid positions of the trade because of the sometimes dangerous substances they work with pipefitters and steamfitters are pretty similar gigs – the difference is in the material their pipes will carry. Pipefitters lay systems used for cooling, manufacturing, and electricity generation, like HVAC and refrigeration systems, while steamfitters work more with high-pressure liquid or gas piping. There is really no such thing as a typical work-day for them: they might be drafting a pipe system layout or repair, using torches or pipe threaders to measure or cut pipes, or assembling

I would rather choose to be a plumber […] in the hope to find that modest degree of independence still available. — Albert Einstein

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systems through welding, brazing or cementing. They need to know the ins and outs of the different materials for the pipes themselves, and what type of gauges, valves, and hangers will work best witht he particular material being transported through the system. They can even have a hand in creating alternative energy-fueled systems, and their work takes them everywhere in the commercial and industrial sectors from factories to power plants, even to submarines. ● Plumbers: Described by many as “recession-proof,” plumbers are literally always in demand. Think about it: you might be able to MacGyver a quick fix for a leaky sink, but finding the right replacement parts, then disassembling and reassembling what feels like your entire kitchen, is a task more daunting and time-consuming than most of us can afford. Add dishwashers, washing machines, hot water heaters and bigger drainage issues to the mix and it’s easy to see why professional plumbers are basically Supermen without the capes. Beyond the household, these tradesmen install plumbing systems in every type of building you see, including schools, office buildings, factories, and hospitals. Some plumbers also install the piping in hospitals that carries gases like oxygen and anesthesia to patients. Plumbers also help get clean water into communities that would otherwise go without, and maintain and sometimes even design the sewer systems that keep cities clean.

There are so many more available career paths for plumbers, take some time to learn about them, talk to training programs and professionals already in the field – you’re sure to find the right fit for you to pursue.

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Those who enroll can pursue qualifications as Union Steamfitters, Plumbers and HVAC/R Service technicians, and specialize in Commercial Construction, Commercial/ Industrial Instrumentation, Gas/Air/Water Piping, High Purity Piping, Hydronic Heating, HVAC/R Service, Hydraulic Piping and Systems, Lab and Clean Room Work, Medical Gas Systems, Pipe Fabrication, Power Piping, Vacuum Piping and Systems, Valve and Pump Installation and Repair, X-Ray Quality Welding and more. Training teaches students how to assemble, install and maintain pipes, work with high and low pressure systems, read blueprints to understand the layout of complex systems of pipes, valves and gauges, and weld materials that include carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, brass, plastic, and other special alloys. Exposure to the tools of the trade includes training in the use of reamers, drills, gas torches, welding equipment, pipe cutters, benders and threaders. Programs educating plumbers, steamfitters, and HVAC/R technicians to meet industry and ethical standards, take place over the course of 10

terms for a total of 8000 hours. In the first term, apprentices make 40% of a journeymen’s wage in their on-the-job hours. This percentage increases with each term, so that by the end of their training, their wages equal 90% of a journeymen’s earnings – not bad for a day at school.

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can I do it while having the freedom and flexibility to start my professional life without attaching an anchor to my personal one? A career in the pipe trades, with its diverse specialties and unique training opportunities, answers both questions with a loud and clear YES. Given guidance, experience, freedom and knowledge from the very beginning, apprentices and journeymen create lives in and outside of their careers that could still make even Einstein jealous. ■

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INDUSTRY PROFILE: ELECTRICIAN

MAKING A CONNECTION Google: I know everything. Facebook: I know everyone. Internet: Without me, you’re nothing Electricity: Keep talking, fools!

3 Levels of Training Electricians are trained to one of three levels: 1. Apprentice, 2. Journeyman, and 3. Master Electrician. Apprentice Training

Programs combine the on-the-job training and formal technical instruction needed to prepare you for this high-demand field. You will “earn while you learn” to install, repair, and maintain electrical wiring, lighting fixtures, electricity-distribution equipment, and various control systems under the supervision of a journeyman electrician.

Today, it’s fair to say most of us can’t imagine life without electricity – from our basic lighting and electrical utility needs to the mega-watt commercial and industrial electrical wiring applications, electricians have become indispensable to life in the modern world. To a lot of folks, an electrician is an electrician, but if you’re looking to become an electrician, you’re going to want to know just how many different specialties there are. Primarily, electricians are either wiremen or outside linemen. Inside Electricians/ 1 Wiremen work with electrical systems in buildings and other structures. They design,

Residential electricians work in homes and multi-family housing installing everything from lighting to fixtures.

CORNER Did you know? that electricity is a natural force that exists in our world? It wasn’t actually invented as much as discovered back in the 1800’s by an Italian named Allessandro Volta. Did you know? In the film industry and on a television crew the head electrician is referred to as a Gaffer. Did you know? Electricians must pass a color test so they can read electrical wiring.

Installation electricians are responsible for installing systems, like lighting, power, security, fire protection systems and structure cabling. Instruments electricians work involves repairing and testing of building environmental control systems and instruments.

Commercial electricians work on the installation, upgrades, and troubleshooting of the electrical systems in offices, stores, and other commercial buildings. Maintenance electricians make sure that the electrical systems are running safely and effectively. Electrical machine repairers maintain equipment and machinery like transformers, compressors, pumps, and fans.

install, and maintain electrical power for homes, commercial, and industrial buildings. Outside 2 Electricians/ Linemen work with power transmission and distribution lines moving electricity produced at power plants safely to substations through highvoltage lines, after which, power will be sent to homes, commercial buildings, and other facilities. ■ How will you CHOOSE?

Within these two broad categories, there are many specializations that electricians can choose from: Telecommunication electricians run cabling for all kinds of communication like phones, computers and network wiring. Electro technical panel builders use programmable logic controllers and information technology to make and manage electrical control panels that control buildings, heating, ventilation, airconditioning, and refrigeration. Highway electrical systems ensure that the street lighting and traffic electrical management systems work properly.

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INDUSTRY PROFILE: LABORERS LABORERS TRAINING CAN INCLUDE: ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Asbestos Worker/Supervisor Boom Lift/Scissor Lift Concrete Cutting & Coring Flagger Forklift Operator Hazardous Waste Worker Rigging & Signaling Scaffold Builder Blueprint Reading Pipe Laying Masonry Tending

Who is the first on a job site? That would be the laborers. With minimal education required in many cases, a job as a laborer is perfect for anyone who wants to get to know the trades and get a lot of variety on the job. They can be skilled or unskilled, with or without a specialty. They get to see the inner workings of other trades up close, helping carpenters, bricklayers, roofers, plumbers, painters, and electricians. They also see tons of different job sites, working in residential sectors and commercial sectors, on pipelines and demolition projects, and on bridges, tunnels, roads, and sanitation. On any given day a laborer might clear a jobsite of brush or demolished materials, landscape, install pipe, operate and maintain

GETTING THE JOB DONE NO MATTER WHAT THEY ARE DOING, LABORERS ARE THE BACKBONE OF A PROJECT.

machinery, assist with demolition, or work at high altitudes utilizing harnesses or lifts. No matter what they are doing, laborers are the backbone of a project.

The Tools of the Trade

A laborer works with power tools, compressors, lasers, pavement breakers, drills, saws, rammers, and safety equipment. If you’re a laborer assisting other tradesmen like a carpenter or electrician, you have the chance to learn how to safely operate their specialized tools.

Training

Because they can do a lot of different things, laborers have to be ready to learn a lot of different skills, usually on-the-job, and make sure they know the safety requirements of their jobs. They have to be physically fit and adaptable because they work

SINCE BECOMING A LABORER I’VE KEPT MY FOCUS AND I’VE BEEN ABLE TO OVERCOME OBSTACLES. I’VE BEEN ABLE TO PERSEVERE, AND THAT HAS MADE ME A STRONGER PERSON.

— Brad J., Laborers Apprentice

Laborers ROCK! both indoors and outdoors, at extreme heights, under water or sometimes even underground. They also have to be able to use their bodies to do all the lifting, balancing, kneeling, and sometimes, crawling that the job calls for. Workers often start as unskilled laborers to learn the basics of the trade, then refine their skills by learning a specialized construction craft, through an apprenticeship program. To become a laborer, begin researching the skills local companies are looking for and go from there. ■

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INDUSTRY PROFILE: CARPENTRY

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THE BEST PART OF BEING A CARPENTER IS BEING HANDED PAPERWORK WITH A COUPLE OF LINES ON IT, TURNING IT INTO A 3D MODEL AND THEN YEARS LATER DRIVE PAST IT AND BE ABLE TO SAY “I BUILT THAT”. — Kimberly Normand, General Carpenter, Local 1503

General Carpenter

General carpenters provide the crucial foundation for concrete, exteriors, roofs, infrastructure, and scaffolding while also crafting fine trim and finish work. These professionals work with a variety of materials in every kind of structure; they are responsible for bringing blueprints to life. To be a carpenter is to be a member of one of the oldest and most respected trades in the industry. They can be found working on a variety of projects and there are many specializations within carpentry, including the following crafts:

Exterior Interior Specialist

The work of the interior/ exterior specialist includes drywall, acoustical ceilings, metal framing, raised floors, and lathing systems. They may also use their welding skills to do some assembly work.

Millwright

If you like to work with machine tools and precision instruments, and have a keen eye for the perfect fit, you might consider being a millwright. Today millwrights are

an elite group of construction workers who are responsible for installing, dismantling, and moving heavy machinery and other equipment.

Pile Driver

A pile driver installs wood, concrete and steel piling to hold up docks, bridges, and buildings. Usually pile drivers are the first workers to arrive at the construction site. They install heavy timbers and weld or cut large metal beams.

Trade Show

Nationally the Trade Show Industry is one of the fastest-growing industries for carpenters. The ability to take any empty facility and turn it into a full show presentation in just a few short days is amazing to see in action. Carpenters move and handle freight, lay carpet, rig equipment, set up pipe, and drape, install, and dismantle exhibits and modular systems and any other general decorating needs of the exhibitors to make their show a huge success.

Scaffold Erector

Scaffold erectors install ladders, handrails, walkways, platforms, and gangways; they erect, move, and dismantle various types of scaffolding and temporary elevated work platforms. Their work takes them to the most diverse job sites, building exteriors, shipyards, oil refineries, lumber mills, and tunnel projects. ■

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INDUSTRY PROFILE: HVAC/R

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GREAT CAREER HVAC/R IS AN ABBREVIATION FOR HEATING, VENTILATION, AIR CONDITIONING AND, REFRIGERATION. ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT BECOMING AN HVAC/R TECHNICIAN? Think about this. Most people don’t spend a lot of time thinking about their heating system, air conditioning, or refrigeration when everything is working, but when one of these systems breaks down, we are not happy campers. So who ya gonna call? An HVAC/R technician!

Some reasons for this expected higher-than-average growth rate? • Increased construction of residential and commercial buildings is expected to propel employment growth. • Demand for qualified HVAC/R technicians will also increase because of upgrades in sophisticated climatecontrol systems. • Replacing and repairing HVAC/R systems is a big part of what technicians do. The demand for HVAC/R technicians will increase because of the growing importance of energy efficiency and pollution reduction to retrofit, upgrade, and replace climate-control systems.

“HVAC/R technicians install, maintain, and repair heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems that control the temperature and air quality in buildings or even places like airplanes, trucks, and ships.” Although trained in all three components, HVAC/R technicians sometimes choose to work strictly with just one of heating, air conditioning, or refrigeration systems. In some cases, they may specialize in installation, maintenance, or repair. They may also specialize in a certain type of equipment, such as water-based heating systems, solar technology systems, or commercial refrigeration.

Skills and Tools

Job skills require a blend of hands-on and manual labor plus engineering and mathematical abilities, including blueprint reading when designing or repairing systems. You will also

need to know how to use specific tools, such as meters, gauges, refrigerant scales and cutters in a precise and safe manner.

Technician Training If you’re considering a career as an HVAC/R technician, you can seek an apprenticeship with an experienced, licensed technician. In this situation, you gradually learn the trade while working under supervision, eventually taking on more responsibilities as your knowledge and skills increase. You could also seek out formal postsecondary training programs offered at your community colleges or through a licensed apprenticeship program. As an HVAC/R technician, no two days are alike. One day, you might repair a family’s heating system that’s blowing cold air. The next day, you might fix a water leak in a hospital’s air conditioner. You’re always on your toes, ready for a new challenge.

Bright Outlook Occupation The job outlook for this profession is excellent. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment growth faster than the average for all occupations through at least 2026, by about 15%. HVAC/R has been designated as a “Bright Outlook” occupation with an impressive hourly pay. ■

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week’s with Industry Pros By Meg Kilmer, High School Outreach Coordinator for PNCI Young people attracted to the construction trades often have trouble figuring out which trade would be a good match for their interests and aptitude. The PACE Mentor Program addresses this common dilemma by introducing Portland Public School students to the Plumbing, Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning, Carpentry, and Electrical trades through eight after-school sessions with trades professionals and apprentices. Teams of students work with industry mentors to frame a wall, install a heating duct, electrical switch and plumbing fixture before hanging their perfectly cut drywall to fit exactly over the fixtures. On the last day, students visit active construction sites to see tradespeople at work. Hearing career stories from union members is another important part of the program, notes Raquel Laiz, PPS Career Learning Coordinator. “WE KNOW THAT COLLEGE IS NOT THE ONLY OPTION FOR OUR YOUTH TO FIND SUCCESS IN LIFE. PACE IS CONNECTING OUR STUDENTS WITH APPRENTICES AND INSTRUCTORS WHO SHOW THEM OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY.” Sophomore Ty Beach is interested in a career in the construction trades. “PACE is giving me a pretty good idea about what opportunities are for me in the trades. I am learning about very well-paid jobs and I think they are helping me find what I want to do for the rest of my life.”

 

PACE is a collaboration between the PPS school district, the Associated General Contractors of Oregon, and four Union apprenticeship-training centers. P&C Construction is the industry champion who supplied hardhats, tool belts, and hammers that program completers will receive along with tools from the Sheet Metal Institute, NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center, UA 290 Plumbers & Steamfitters Training Institute, and the Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute. ■ 28|BUILDING FUTURES|SPRING 2020 | BuildingFuturesMag.com


INDUSTRY PROFILE: PAINTERS Skills Needed to Become a Painter: ● ● ● ● ● ●

An eye for detail Good color vision and understanding of color theory Creativity Dexterity Balance Physical fitness and endurance

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THE WHITE HOUSE: EVERY FOUR YEARS - AS PART OF THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY

MILITARY SUBMARINES: EVERY SIX YEARS – SHIP CAMOFLAUGE KEEPS THEM COVERT UNDER THE WATER

DISNEY WORLD: EVERY NIGHT – CAST MEMBERS TOUCH UP AND REFRESH TO MAKE SURE THERE ISN’T A CHIP IN SIGHT

THE FINISHING TOUCHES AND THE FIRST COATS – PAINTERS DO IT ALL AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN. FOR THE CREATIVE, INDEPENDENT, AND ADAPTABLE, THE PAINTING TRADE IS A PERFECT FIT.

What They Do

Construction painters apply paint, stain, and finishes to buildings, bridges, ships, and other structures. They can work exclusively on residential, industrial, or commercial sites – or they can move between them. There are also maintenance painters who touch up existing surfaces, artisan painters who add decorative details, or painting and coating workers who work on cars or furniture. Painters don’t just paint, either. They prepare the surface that needs to be painted by cleaning the surface, removing old coverings and paint, and repairing cracks. They pick and mix the perfect colors, and apply finishes and sealants that keep their work intact, whether on the walls of a doctor’s office or the outside of a submarine. Painters are never in one spot for too long, always moving up and down ladders, sometimes in confined spaces like inside storage tanks, and other times painting huge surfaces like boats or ceilings. They often build scaffolding

and are suspended on ropes or cables, or raised on manlifts to do their job.

Tools of the Trade

Tools like hand brushes, power sprayers, paint spray guns, scaffolding, and electrical grindstones are always in their toolboxes. They also get to work with the latest advances in tech, like lifts that are also used in the cargo bays of space shuttles, and nanotechnology to achieve eco-friendly paints that can reduce harmful compounds or disease-causing bacteria when applied to a surface.

Training

Employment opportunities for painters are projected to grow 20% from 2012 to 2022, according to Truity.com, and top-level earnings for construction painters start at $27.26 an hour. If a career as a painter sounds right for you, consider looking at a threeto-four-year apprenticeship like those offered through the SPCO, which includes paid, on-the-job work with classroom instruction. ■ Check out www.spco.org/ apprenticeship-training/ to learn more.

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DEPARTMENT | TECH

Technology of the Trade Advances in technology are always exciting but, more important than that, they provide safer and more efficient job sites.

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The construction planning, scheduling, and management tool ALICE brings AI into the construction world. Designed just for the industry, ALICE can run millions of simulations for a project quickly, so that teams can explore any scenario, cost and schedule. It takes into account resources, challenges, and constraints to find the optimal approach to a project. WWW.ALICETECHNOLOGIES.COM

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Augmented reality steps up productivity with Microsoft’s HoloLens 2. The AR headset and software combines hand and eye tracking and world mapping to put you at the center of the world you design. Integrated CAD platforms mean that every stud, pipe, valve, and more appear before your eyes with the HoloLens 2 on, making visualization and project planning more intuitive and exciting than ever. WWW.MICROSOFT.COM/EN-US/HOLOLENS/BUY

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These boots were made for so much more than walking. SolePower’s SmartBoots use low-power sensors embedded in OSHA approved work boots. Data is sent to the cloud and projected on a dashboard that can measure worker’s fatigue, alert them of hazards, and detect environmental risks. Radio-frequency identification in the boots can even tell when a worker enters a site, and can be used to manage projects by assigning tasks. WWW.SOLEPOWERTECH.COM/#SOLEPOWER

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The toughest bluetooth headset designed specifically for construction, the BlueParrot C400-XT Headset blocks out 96% of background noise, making it the leading noise-cancelling headset in the industry. Streaming music, making calls, and other voice-controlled commands are all possible, and it’s resistant to dust and water – so teams can do it all without worrying what conditions it can stand up to WWW.BLUEPARROTT.COM/ ON-THE-ROAD-HEADSETS/BLUEPARROTT-C400-XT#/#204151

Self-healing concrete solves one of the biggest problems with the world’s most popular building medium – cracks. Developed by a professor at Delft University of Technology, this new evolution of concrete heals itself using capsules of calcium lactate. This healing agent only becomes active when dissolved by water getting into the crack in the concrete, and then it begins its job of mending the break before anyone can even tell it’s there. The product can now be found in many supply stores. ■

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What’s an apprenticeship and how do I get one? One of the first questions we get about a career in construction is “What’s an apprenticeship and how do I get one?” It’s a great first question, because apprenticeships are an important and usually-essential step on the road to a construction trade.

HERE’S A QUICK GUIDE:

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An apprenticeship is basically paid skills training, usually through a trade union. Trade schools and organizations not affiliated directly with a union also offer similar training, though it might be unpaid or require a fee or tuition.

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Apprenticeship programs are intensive, combining some classroom study with mostly on-the-job, real-world, hands-on training at an actual construction job site. You’ll work side-by-side with a seasoned professional (or a journeyman, in construction lingo) who will supervise your work, teach you the necessary skills, and educate you about safety and other rules of the job site.

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Paid or not, apprenticeships require you to have a high school diploma or GED; you can certainly go to college and even earn a degree, but it’s not required. We’ve heard from a lot of young adults in apprenticeship programs who are thrilled that they don’t need a college degree to achieve a high-paying, highly satisfying career. Some sort of construction industry experience is helpful, as apprenticeships attract a lot of students (and adults) looking for career skills. Woodshop and related classes and after-school programs, summer internships, serving as a laborer or helper on a construction crew, and other experiences go a long way to getting accepted into one of these programs. Decide on a construction trade you want to pursue as a career before you apply for a specific apprenticeship program to learn the required skills.

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If you’re interested, you can find apprenticeship and internship opportunities – and their requirements – offered by unions, trade schools, and other construction industry organizations across Oregon, and SW Washington designed to suit your interests, budget, location, and schedule. Go to our website at www.BuildingFUTURESmag.com for a current list (and map) of apprenticeship programs.


APPRENTICESHIP OPTIONS: Refer to Map for Areas on pg 37 ARCHITECT

Job: Architects design detailed plans and specifications to build, restore, and conserve buildings. They are involved in construction projects from the earliest stages right through to completion.

Architects must be licensed and complete a professional degree in architecture. BOILERMAKERS

into boilers and other large containers intended to hold hot gas or liquid, as well as maintaining and repairing boilers and boiler systems.

Training: Union: Southern Oregon Boiler Operators JATC Area: 4, 5

CARPENTER

Job: Carpenters construct, erect, install, and repair

structures and fixtures made from wood, steel ,and other materials. They are involved in many different kinds of construction such as: millwrights, piledrivers, scaffold erectors, tradeshow workers, and exterior/ interior specialists.

Training: Union: Oregon SW Washington Carpenters JATC Phone: 503-287-3708 Email: training@pnci.org Website: www.pnci.org Area: Statewide

ELEVATOR INSTALLER/MECHANIC

Phone: 503-287-4856 Website: https://www.rtctraining.org Area: 1, 2, 3, 4

Training: Union: OR-SW-WA Elevator Industry JATC

Training: Union: OR & SW-WA Drywall Finishers JATC

Job: Install, replace, and repair all types of carpets,

ELECTRICIAN Job: Electricians install and maintain all of the electrical and power systems, wiring, and control equipment for our homes, businesses, and factories.

plastic laminates, and other decorative coverings in commercial and residential buildings, airplanes, ships, pools, automobiles, and athletic fields.

Training: Union: OR & SW-WA Floor Covering JATC Area: Statewide

Training: Union: Limited Energy Technicians JATC Phone: 503-262-9991 x5059 Website: www.nietc.org Area: 1, 6

Non-Union: Limited Energy Electrician JATC Phone: 503-598-7789 Website: www.iecoregon.org Area: 1, 6

GLAZIER/WINDOW INSTALLER

Job: Glaziers, architectural metal and glass workers

Non-Union: Protective Signaling JATC

fabricate, fit and install framing systems and plateglass windows, skylights, mirrors, store fronts, facades, and specialty glass in commercial and residential buildings.

Area: 1

Area: 2

Phone: 503-256-7300 Email: info@nwoc.com Website: www.nwcoc.com Area: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

hydraulic freight or passenger elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, or moving walkways in new and existing buildings.

FLOORING INSTALLER

Mixed: Mid-Willamette Industrial TATC

Non-Union: Oregon/Columbia Carpenters JATC

Job: Assemble, install, maintain, and repair electric or

Area: Statewide

Union: OR SW Washington Carpenters JATC Phone: 503-287-3708 Website: www.pnci.org Area: 2, 3

Training:

Job: A boilermaker fabricates steel, iron, or copper

panels by taping and finishing joints. They work with ceiling tile installers to hang ceiling tiles and create suspended ceilings.

Training: Union: OR SW-WA Glaziers, Architectural

Union: Central Electrical JATC Area: 1, 2, 3, 7

Metal & Glassworker JATC Phone: 503-491-7359 Website: www.mhcc.edu/GlassWorkers Area: 1, 2, 3

Mixed: Southern Willamette-Valley Ltd Energy Electrical JATC Area: 3, 4, 5

Union: Crater Lake Electrical JATC

IRONWORKER

Area: 4, 5, 7

Non-Union: Central OR Ltd Energy Electrical JATC Area: 7

Job: Ironworkers erect the structural framework for

high-rise buildings, bridges, power plants, and towers. They place reinforcing steel in concrete forms for roadways, foundations, and structures.

Training: Union: Pacific NW Ironworker & Employer JATC Area: Statewide

DRYWALL INSTALLER/FINISHER

Job: Drywall installers cut and hang panels of

wallboard to the framework of a building, and prepare

ELECTRICIAN Real World

Education Real World

Experience

LABORER

Job: Skilled/unskilled laborers prep worksites, load

and unload building materials, run equipment, set up scaffolding, and are essential to highway construction, building, and environmental remediation.

Training: Union: Oregon Laborers JATC

Phone: (541) 740-4753 Website: www.oregonlaborers.com Area: Statewide

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Non-Union: Oregon Columbia Laborers JATC

PAINTING & WALL COVERING

MASONRY TRADES (MULTIPLE)

concrete and, metal surfaces prior to the application of paint, high performance coatings, waterproofing, fireproofing, and decorative finishes in residential and commercial, marine, industrial, and bridge settings.

Phone: 503-256-7300 or 1-800-309-1442 Website: www.nwcoc.com Area: Statewide

Job: Masonry trades are bricklayers who set marble, slate and tile, and terazzo, and finishers who use concrete blocks, bricks, and manmade or natural stone to build fences, walls, walkways, and more.

Training: Union: Oregon SW-WA Mason Trades JATC Phone: 503-234-3781 Website: www.bac1or.org Area: Statewide/Area 1: Caulker

Non-Union: Oregon Columbia Masons TATC

Phone: 503-256-7300 Website: www.nwcoc.com Area: 1, 2, 3, 7, Bricklayer. Area: 1, 2, 3, 7, Cement Mason Union: Oregon & SW-WA Cement Masons JATC Area: Statewide MILLWRIGHT

Job: Millwrights are mechanics who install, dismantle,

repair, reassemble, and move machinery, conveyor systems, escalators, giant electrical turbines, and generators in factories, power plants, and construction sites.

Training: Union: OR SW Washington Carpenters JATC Portland: 503-287-3708 Email: training@pnci.org Website: www.pnci.org Area: Statewide

Job: Painters prepare wood, masonry, drywall, plaster,

Portland: 503-287-4856 Website: www.rtctraining.org Area: Statewide. Area 1 Traffic Control Painter PILE DRIVER

Job: Pile drivers work with pile-driving rigs that drive metal, concrete, or wood piling into the earth to hold back dirt during excavations, and as a fundamental part of the foundation system for skyscrapers and concrete pilings that hold up docks, wharves, and bridges.

Training: Union: OR SW WA Carpenters JATC

Portland: 503-287-3708 or 877-287-9282 Website: www.pnci.org Area: Statewide PLASTERERS AND STUCCO MASONS

Job: Plasterers apply plaster on masonry, metal, and wire lath (stucco) or gypsum to finish interior walls and ceilings of residential and commercial buildings.

Training: Union: The Plasterers Local 82 Area: Statewide

Non-Union: Knife River Oregon JAC Phone: 541-928-6491 Website: www.kniferiver.com Area 1, 2, 3, 4, 7

Job: Sheet metal/HAVC workers fabricate and install fittings and duct work for heating, ventilation, and airconditioning systems in residential, commercial, and industrial applications.

Training: Union: OR SW-WA NW-CA Steamfitters JATC Toll Free: 800-452-2912 Website: www.ua290.org Area: Statewide

Union: Portland Sheet Metal Worker JATC Phone: 503-257-1022 Website: www.sheetmetal-16.org Areas: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Non-Union: Area III Sheet Metal/HVAC Env Sys JATC Area: 3, 4, 7

bulldozers, motor graders, backhoes, paving machinery and cranes that build highways and site infrastructure. They work mines, dig wells, survey sites, pave and grind roads, drill, and hoist steel and slabs.

Non-Union: OR/Columbia Heavy Equip Operator JATC Phone: 503-256-7300 or 1-800-309-1442 Website: www.nwcoc.com Area: Statewide

SHEET METAL/HVAC WORKER

Non-Union: Mid-Valley Sheet Metal Workers JAC Area: 1, 2

Job: Operating and technical engineers operate

Phone: 503-650-7701 Website: www.oetraining.org Area: Statewide

Phone: 503-546-4235 Website : www.orswroofersapp.com Area: Statewide

Training: Union: Oregon & SW Washington Painters JATC

OPERATING ENGINEER

Training: Union: OR SW-WA IUOE LOCAL #701

Training: Union: OR/SW-WA Roofers & Waterproofers JATC

Non-Union: South Central Oregon Sheet Metal JATC Area: 5 WALL & CEILING CONSTRUCTION

Job: Wall and ceiling contractors hire carpenters, PLUMBERS/STEAMFITTERS/PIPEFITTER

Job: Plumbers install and repair water supply lines, waste disposal systems, and related appliances and fixtures. Steamfitters assemble and install pipe to carry water, steam, compressed air, gases, etc. HVAC/refrigeration techs install, maintain, and service refrigeration, heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems. Pipefitters grade trenches and culverts to lay pipe for storm, sewers, drains, and water mains.

Training: Union: OR SW-WA NW-CA Plumbers and Steamfitters JATC Tualatin: 503-691-1997 Website: www.ua290.org Area: Statewide

Non-Union: Mid-Valley Steamfitters/Pipefitters JATC Area: 1, 2 ROOFER

Job: Roofers and Waterproofers install, replace, and repair roofs, waterproofing and air barrier systems of buildings using shingles, slate, asphalt, aluminum, wood, or related drainage materials.

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plasterers, drywall finishers, laborers, estimators, and project managers to frame walls, hang drywall, paint, and design walls and ceiling using stucco, Venetian plaster, and other beautiful finishing materials.

Training: Union: Associated Wall & Ceiling Contractors Phone: 503-295-0333 Website: www.awcco.org Area: Statewide


Pre-Apprenticeship Programs are

*ADULT PRE-APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM PROVIDERS

*YOUTH PRE-APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM PROVIDERS

Constructing Hope www.constructinghope.org

Cascadia Technical Academy www.cascadiatechnicalacademy.org

Center for Advanced Learning (CAL) www.calcharter.org

Career and Technical Education Center ctec.salkeiz.k12.or.us/

CREW - Coffee Creek www.oregon.gov/doc/inmate-programs/Pages/ job-training.aspx

Job Corps - Oregon www.recruiting.jobcorps.gov/Home/ Locations/OR

classroom and hands-on instruction

Oregon Tradeswomen Inc (OT) www.tradeswomen.net

in safety, tool use, and more. Here

IMPACT NW Manufacturing Bridge www.impactnw.org/programs/youthfamily/ urban-opportunities/pathways-to-manufacturing

Job Corps - Washington www.recruiting.jobcorps.gov/Home /Locations/WA

a wonderful opportunity to obtain the basic knowledge and skills necessary to compete for entry into approved apprenticeship programs. These programs are short in duration and provide participants

we provide a limited list of preapprenticeship providers. For an extended list, please visit: www.oregon.gov/boli/ATD/ Pages/A_AG_PreApprentice.aspx

Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC) www.portlandoic.org/contact Trades Related Apprenticeship Coaching (TRAC) WA Corrections Center for Women www.iw86appr.org

US Dept of Labor www.dol.gov Portland Youth Builders 503-286-9350 www.pybpdx.org

HOW TO USE THIS MAP

There are many training programs throughout the state of Oregon and SW Washington.

Area 1

Area 2

Area 3

Area 4

Area 5

Area 6

Area 7

Clackamas Clatsop Columbia Hood River Mutnomah Tilamook Washington Yamhill

Benton Lincoln Linn Marion Polk

Lane

Coos Curry Douglas

Jackson Josephine Klamath Lake

Baker Gilliam Maiheur Morrow Sherman Umatilla Union Wallowa Wasco

Crook Deschutes Grant Harney Jefferson Wheeler

To help you find a training program in your area, we have included an AREA MAP that breaks out areas of training by county and then coordinates them with those listed with the trade listings.

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NW College of Construction Bear Electric, Inc. www.nwcoc.com 2 www.bearelectric.com 20 Oregon Laborers Training & Apprenticeship Bend Heating and Sheet Metal www.oregonlaborers.com 22 www.bendheating.com 13 P & C Construction Bremik Construction www.builtbypandc.com 30 www.bremik.com 24 Pacific NW Carpenters Institute Cascadia Tech Academy www.pnci.org 33 www.cascadiatechnicalacademy.org 33 R & H Contracting The Finest in the Finishing Trades www.rhconst.com 22 www.finishingtrades.org 4 Roofers & Waterproofers OR/WA Fred Shearer & Sons, Inc. www.orswroofersapp.com 26 www.fredshearer.com ` 10 Roofers Union Local 49 General Sheet Metal www.roofersunionlocal49.com 20 www.gsmw.com 12 Sheet Metal Institute Goodfellow Bros. LLC www.sheetmetalinstitute.org 26 www.goodfellowbros.com 30 Survey Monkey - Win $100! Hamilton Construction www.surveymonkey.com/r/CVPHHS8 39 www.hamil.com 20 Stacy and Witbeck, Inc. Hoffman Construction Company www.stacywitbeck.com 24 www.hoffmancorp.com 16 UA Local 290 Plumbers and Steamfitters Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty Company www.ua290.org 19 www.balfourbeattyus.com 30 Walsh Construction Company IEC Electrical Contractors www.walshconstruction.com 12 www.iecoregon.org 22 Western Partitions (WPI) International Union of Operating Engineers - IUOE 701 www.wpibuilds.com 12 www.iuoe701.com 40 Knife River Corporation www.kniferiver.com

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CORRECTIONS In the Fall 2019 issue of BF, we incorrectly stated that summer camp participant, Logan Masoupmanah worked for Andersen Lynn Howlett Photography Construction; he worked for Bremik Construction on the “North” Gresham Elementary School project. In addition, Fortis www.lynnphoto.com 32 Construction was the contractor for the Gresham High School remodel. Our sincerest apologies for the errors.

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