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2015 Women in Trades Career Fair

The largest non-traditional career fair of its kind, Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. produces the interactive, 3-day 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.

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Middle School Girls’ Day
For pre-registered schools.
Hands-on workshops and activities from 8:30am – 2:30pm

Friday, May 15, 2015
High School Girls’ Day
For pre-registered schools.
Hands-on workshops and activities from 8:30am – 2:30pm

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Careers for Women Day
Open to everyone! No pre-registration required.
Hands-on workshops and activities from 10:00am – 3:00pm


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

Directions to the Women in Trades Career Fair
Google link
Downloadable .pdf

Shuttle Schedule for Saturday, May 16

From Gateway Transit Center to the Women in Trades Career Fair

9:45 a.m. – First shuttle from Gateway to the Fair
11:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – Last shuttle of the day from Gateway to the Fair

From the Women in Trades Career Fair to Gateway Transit Center

10:30 a.m. – First shuttle leaves from the Fair to return to Gateway
11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. – Last shuttle of the day from the Fair to return to Gateway

Workshops on Saturday, May 16

Drop in to any of these indoor or outside workshops on Saturday to try something new, learn a new skill, or make something to take home with you!

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.


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


Bucket Truck, Pole Climb, Hot Sticks
Bonneville Power Administration & Portland General Electric
Learn all the tricks 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.


Learn from the Ironworkers how to weld, use a cutting torch, and tie wire, and see what to takes to become an Ironworker!


Operating Engineer
Goodfellow Bros.
Operate an excavator from a heavy equipment operator.  Experience why women love heavy equipment operating!


Portland Fire and Rescue and Tualatin 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!


Torch it! Melt it! Nail It!
Oregon – SW Washington Roofers and Waterproofers Apprenticeship
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.


Hot Off the Press
RR Donnelley
Learn how content moves from design to printed image on paper through Prepress, Printing and Binding departments. Apply your own artistry by designing and printing a cover for a pocket notebook, and assemble a mini book for a keychain keepsake!


On the Move
Oregon Department of Transportation
Plant a flower or mini tree to take home, 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!


Solar Power
IBEW Local 48
Learn how we can turn the energy from the sun into power we can use.  After viewing a slide show of real solar arrays installed locally in Oregon and seeing a real solar array, you will build your own solar-powered grasshopper to take home!


PVC Pipe
Local 290 Plumbers and Steamfitters
You will measure and cut PVC pipe, use fittings to make your own piece of art to take home!


Main Break Simulation
Portland Water Bureau
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.


Wind Power
IBEW Local 48
Learn how the wind can generate the power we use in our homes.  Watch a slide show presentation of the construction of a windmill installed in Oregon, then build your own windmill to take home!


Climb High
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!


Stepping Stones
Oregon & SW Washington Cement Masons Apprenticeship
Mix concrete and make decorative stepping stones, and learn about this great apprenticeship program.


Flower Pots
The Sheet Metal Institute
You will build a sheet metal flower pot!  Use hand tools to assemble the pieces and a hand break to bend the metal.  You take it home!


Measuring Solar Output with a Digital Multimeter?
Columbia Gorge Community College
Learn to safely use a digital multimeter to measure voltage, current, and resistance.

Exhibitors on Saturday, May 16

A-dec, Inc.
Apprenticeship & Training Division, Bureau of Labor & Industries
Boeing Company
Bonneville Power Administration
Charter College
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 Water Bureau

Clackamas County
Clackamas County Employee Service
Constructing Hope Pre-apprenticeship Program
Danner Boot
Department of Consumer & Business Services
Food Service of America
Hamilton Construction
Hoffman Structures Inc.
Howard S. Wright
IBEW Local 125
International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 701
ITT Technical Institute
James W Fowler Company
Kaiser Permanente
Knife River
Local 290 Plumbers & Steamfitters Apprenticeship
Local 669 Road Sprinkler Fitters
Multnomah County
NECA/IBEW Electrical Training Center
Northwest College of Construction with CAT Simulator
Northwest Renewable Energy Institute
NW Lineworker Apprenticeship
NW Natural
NW Youth Corps
OR SW WA Cement Masons JATC
OR SW WA Floor Covering JATC
OR SW WA Glaziers JATC
OR SW WA Mason Trades JATC (bricklaying)
OR SW WA Painters & Drywall JATC
Oregon & Southern Idaho and Northwest Laborers-Employers Training Trust Funds
Oregon & SW Washington Roofers & Waterproofers JATC
Oregon Department of Corrections
Oregon Department of Transportation
Oregon Electric Group
Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. Free Training for Women
Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters & Carpenters Institute
Perry Technical Institute
Phillips 66
Platt Electric Supply
Portland Community College – Bond Program
Portland Community College – Trades & Industry
Portland General Electric
Portland YouthBuilders
R & H Construction
RR Donnelley
Sheet Metal Institute
Slayden Construction Group
Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation
Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue
Union Pacific Railroad
US Bureau of Reclamation
Vigor Marine, LLC
Washington County


Fair Review and Photos from the 2014 Women in Trades Career Fair

Download and print our event poster!


Download the Review of the 2014 Women in Trades Career Fair

General Images from the Women in Trades Career Fair

Images from the “Superimpose Yourself” workshop put on by PYBMedia at the 2014 Women in Trades Career Fair:

a middle school student learns how to drill at the 2010 Women in Trades Career Fair

A middle school student learns how to drill at the 2010 Women in Trades Career Fair

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