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2016 Women in Trades Career Fair

The largest non-traditional career fair of its kind, Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. produces the interactive Women in Trades Career Fair to increase the overall number of women working in the trades and to help fill the imminent gap in the labor force that will be created with record-levels of upcoming retirements of skilled trades people.

Produced annually since 1993, this unique, industry sponsored and volunteer powered event offers dozens of hands-on activities designed to introduce women and girls to the possibility of a future career in the trades.

Saturday, May 14, 2016
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

One big day of career exploration and celebration!




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NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center
16021 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97230

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Workshops at the 2016 Women in Trades Career Fair:

Indoor Workshops:

Bremik Construction
Workshop description coming soon

Welding with Clackamas Community College
Use wire feed welding to make a decorative paperweight or name plate for your desk in the shape of your choice. Learn about welding careers and training opportunities at Clackamas Community College.

Clark County Skill Center
Workshop description coming soon

Build a Car with FIRST Robotics Clubs
Explore the possibilities and benefits of the different building materials. Learn to build a robotic car, in the end, you will race your cars to determine which car is the fastest! Zoom Zoom!

Hamilton Construction
Workshop description coming soon

Electrical Careers! With NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center
Learn about low-voltage electricity through work with fiber optic cables.

Wire a Light With NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center
Learn how electricity travels throughout the home. You will use tools and wire provided to assemble a working light and switch project that you will test to “See the Light!”   Learn about exciting careers in the electrical field.

Green Flooring with Floorcovering Apprenticeship Training Center
Watch demonstrations of new techniques and products that are environmentally responsible floor coverings, then try it out yourself! Learn about great careers in Floorcovering.

Substation Operations Careers – with PacifiCorp
You probably walk by them all the time.  Substations are everywhere – from city corners to remote locals.  But just what are they and what do they do?  Join Pacific Power for an informative and interactive session on substation operations. Learn about the role substations play in how electricity gets from the power plants to your house. Learn about the different types of careers that exist in substation operations.  From meter/relay techs, communications techs and substation electricians, there are lots of exciting opportunities to join the energy industry!  Join us for this hands on workshop.

Be a Plumber or Steamfitter!
With Plumbers and Steamfitters of UA Local 290
You will learn about the careers of plumber and steamfitter while learning how to measure and cut PVC pipe, use fittings to make your own piece of art to take home!

R & H Construction
Workshop description coming soon

R & H Construction
Workshop description coming soon

Be a Sheet Metal Worker
You will learn about the career of a sheet metal worker while you learn to build a sheet metal flower pot!  Use hand tools to assemble the pieces and a hand break to bend the metal, just like a sheet metal worker would.

Construction Careers with Skanska
Learn about exciting careers in construction at Skanska while you use basic woodworking techniques to build a birdhouse with Skanska staff. This project is fun, straight-forward and you will be able to take your birdhouse home.

TriMet Careers
Have you ever wondered what the engine on a TriMet bus would look like? Maybe you have wanted to understand the mechanics behind the Max. Learn about the exciting careers at Trimet!

Outdoor Workshops:

Boilermakers Local 242
Workshop description coming soon

Bucket Truck, Pole Climb, Hot Sticks
With Bonneville Power Administration & Portland General Electric
Learn exciting skills of the line worker trade! See the heights and the work of a line worker from inside a bucket truck, strap on boots and partner with a female line worker to climb a power pole as high as you can, or use hot sticks on overhead power lines and experience how line workers build and maintain electrical lines.

Energy Trust of Oregon
Workshop description coming soon

Food Services of America
Workshop description coming soon

Explore Construction Careers with Howard S. Wright
While you learn how to work with concrete, rebar and formwork to create a custom concrete stepping stone. Bring home stones at the end of the day.

Cutting Torch & Tying Wire with the Ironworkers Local 29
Learn from the Ironworkers how to weld, use a cutting torch, and tie wire, and see what to takes to become an Ironworker!

Construction Craft Laborer With Oregon Laborers Apprenticeship
Experience what it’s like to be a Construction Craft Laborer by literally breaking barriers using the power tools of the trade!

Les Schwab Tire Centers
Workshop description coming soon

Climb High – Careers of Powerline Tree Trimming with NW Line Construction JATC
Learn from a female trimmer how you can make good money & benefits by climbing and working with trees to maintain the safety of the public and power lines. Try climbing a tree using industry safety equipment and see if this career is for you!  Applications Open!

Cross Cut a Log – with NW Youth Corps
Have you ever used a saw so big that it takes two people use? Come learn the art of crosscutting and cut your own log with a partner! And learn about the training offered by the NW Youth Corps.

Operate Heavy Equipment- With Operating Engineers Local 701, Goodfellow Bros., and Ness & Campbell Crane
Operate an excavator from a heavy equipment company.  Experience why women love heavy equipment operating!           

Torch it! Melt it! Nail It!
With Oregon – SW Washington Roofers and Waterproofers
Ever wish that you could touch the sky? Roofers and Waterproofers do that every day. Come be a roofer for a day. Make your own green roof, find and patch a leak in a roof, and work with a Roofer installing modified roofing with a real torch.

Bricklaying Apprenticeship
Workshop description coming soon

Join a Highway or Bridge Maintenance Team! – With the Oregon Department of Transportation
Use a mini backhoe and see the Incident Response truck in action! Try programming the large message board, learn how a pot hole is filled, how a bridge is constructed and how legends are painted with ODOT!

Explore Construction and Carpentry Careers – With the Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute
Assemble concrete forms and hang doors while learning about careers in carpentry.

Be a Firefighter! With Portland Fire and Rescue and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
At the firefighting workshop you will be able to put on some of the gear firefighters wear into a burning building.  You will visit our EMS station, charged fire hose station, and ladder climbing station! Learn about our exciting careers!

Portland Police Bureau
See if you can pass the Portland Police Bureau’s Physical Ability Test. (P.A.T.), try out police equipment, and explore a police vehicle!

Portland Water Bureau Main Break Simulation
Break down and reassemble a water meter; test water for turbidity; tap a 1” pipe; simulate a main break with the workers from Portland Water Bureau. Learn about careers with the Water Bureau.

Portland Maintenance Bureau
Workshop description coming soon

Deconstruction with The ReBuilding Center
Deconstruct, while learning about recycling building materials to save the environment.

Be a Firefighter! With Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue / IAFF Local 1660
At the firefighting workshop you will be able to put on some of the gear firefighters wear into a burning building.  You will visit our EMS station, charged fire hose station, and ladder climbing station! Learn about our exciting careers!

Washington County Sheriff
Workshop description coming soon

Exhibitors at the 2016 Women in Trades Career Fair:

Andersen Construction/ASI Structures
Apprenticeship & Training Division, Bureau of Labor & Industries
Associated Builders and Contractors
Benson Industries
Blount International
Boeing Company
Bonneville Power Administration
City of Gresham
City of Portland Bureau of Development Services
City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services
City of Portland Bureau of Procurement
City of Portland Bureau of Transportation
City of Portland Fire & Rescue
City of Portland Parks & Recreation
City of Portland Police
City of Portland Water Bureau
Clackamas County Employee Services
Clark County
DESI Job Corps
Eugene Water & Electric Board
GLISS/General Labor & Industrial Staffing Services
Hamilton Construction
Hampton Affiliates
Hoffman Structures Inc.
IBEW Local 125
IBEW Local 48
Innovative Changes
International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 701
Knife River
Les Schwab Tire Centers
Local 290 Plumbers & Steamfitters Apprenticeship
Local 669 Road Sprinkler Fitters
Loy Clark Pipeline/International Line Builders
Madden Industrial Craftsmen
Management Group, Maintenance Services
Mt Hood Community College
NECA/IBEW Electrical Training Center
Northwest College of Construction with CAT Simulator
Nova Group
NW Lineworker Apprenticeship
NW Natural
On Electric Group
OR SW WA Mason Trades JATC (bricklaying)
OR SW WA Painters & Drywall JATC
Oregon & Southern Idaho and Northwest Laborers-Employers Training Trust Funds
Oregon Department of Transportation
Oregon National Guard
Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Administration
Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. Free Training for Women
Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters & Carpenters Institute
PAE – Antarctica
Perry Technical Institute
Phillips 66
Platt Electric Supply
Port of Portland
Portland Community College – Bond Program
Portland Community College – Trades & Industry
Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls
Sheet Metal Institute
Slayden Construction Group
Trident Seafoods
TT&L Sheet Metal
Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue/IAFF Local 1660
University of Oregon, Facilities Services/Purchasing
Vigor Marine, LLC
Washington County
Washington County Sheriff’s Office
Western Partitions/WPI

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