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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!


Shuttle runs from the Gateway Transit Center at:

11:15 am


12:50 pm

1:40 pm

2:30 pm

The Shuttle leaves the NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center at:

12:30 pm

1:15 pm

2:05 pm

3:00 pm


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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 – Construction Careers
Room 16  |  Open all day for drop in
Build a corn hole game board with Bremik Construction while learning about exciting careers in construction.


Clackamas Community College – Welding
Lab 3A  |  Open all day for drop in
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 – Build A Tool Box
Room 14  |  Sign up for one of four 50 min sessions
Participants will build a tool box. They will learn how to read plans and use a variety of hand tools while making a useful product. In addition, the participants will learn about the opportunities provided for high school students at the Skills Center’s construction program.



FIRST Robotics Clubs – Futuristic Portland!
Room 9  |  Open all day for drop in
Help recreate the Portland Skyline. With panoramic pictures to use as their inspiration, you will be able to use LEGOs to showcase our Portland spirit. For those brave enough to try their hand at programming there will be opportunities to create moving pieces for our display.



NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center – Electrical Careers!
Room10  |  Sign up for one of three 50 min sessions
Learn about low-voltage electricity through work with fiber optic cables. You will receive supplies for building a fiber optic display. The supplies are: 9v, 6 plastic fiber strands bonded together, switch, LED, and stand for their design. Each part will require you to work with your hands to build the display.



NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center – Wire a Light
Room 7  |  Sign up for one of four 30 min sessions
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.


Floorcovering Apprenticeship Training Center – Green Flooring
Room 13  |  Open all day for drop in

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



PacifiCorp – Line Crews! What We Do
Room 6  |  Sign up for a 30 min workshop starting every half-hour

Join Pacific Power for an informative and interactive session on what line crews do. Learn about the role they play in how electricity gets from the power plants to your house. There are lots of exciting opportunities to join the energy industry!



Plumbers and Steamfitters of UA Local 290
Welding, Soldering, & PVC Pipe
Lab 2B & 3A  |  Open all day for drop in

You will learn about the careers of plumber and steamfitter while learning about welding and soldering, learning how to measure and cut PVC pipe, use fittings to make your own piece of art to take home!


R & H Construction
Repair a Hole in Drywall While Learning About Construction Careers
Room 11  |  Sign up for one of five 50 min sessions

Learn how to repair a hole in drywall while learning about R&H and careers within our company. See a brief demonstration on drywall patching and try it yourself.


Sheet Metal Institute – Be a Sheet Metal Worker
Room 5  |  Open all day for drop in

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.


Skanska  – Construction Careers
Room 8  |  Sign up for a 50 min session

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
Lab 1B  |  Open all day for drop in

TriMet Maintenance Department will be represented by multiple disciplines including: Heavy Duty Bus Diesel, Fare Equipment Maintenance and Maintenance of Way. We will have demonstrations that include a look at how our security cameras work and a bus engine display!


The Girls of Umatilla Robotics
Lab 1A  |  Sign up for a 30 min workshop starting every half-hour

Participants will be able to engineer paper cars or buildings out of cups with the girls of Umatilla Robotics. The will also have their robot “Sir Sam” fresh off of his performance at the FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis to provide a demonstration and as an example of the engineering that goes into the build.



Outdoor Workshops:

Bonneville Power Administration
Bucket Truck, Electrical Connections, and Surveying
Outdoor Spaces3 & 4  |  Open all day for drop in

Learn exciting skills of the line worker trade. See the heights of a line workers job from a bucket truck. Try your hand at building electrical connections, or investigate the skills needed to become a BPA surveyor.


Portland General Electric  – Bucket Truck, Pole Climb, Hot Sticks
Outdoor Spaces 1 & 2  |  Open all day for drop in
Learn about the unique and intricate skills of the line worker trade! Experience the heights and the thrilling work of a line worker from inside a bucket truck. Strap on boots and climbing gaffs with an experienced pole partner to climb a power pole, or use 100,000 voltage rated hot sticks on overhead power lines used to build and maintain high voltage electrical lines.


Energy Trust of Oregon  – Careers in Energy Efficiency
Outdoor Space 22  |  Open all day for drop in

Learn about the skills and qualifications needed for a career in energy efficiency. Be part of saving the planet!


Food Services of America
Experience “A Day In The Life” of a Delivery Driver
Outdoor Space17, open all day for drop in
Explore a position that keeps you active and allows you to build new relationships. FSA provides a family culture with great pay and benefits. See what it takes to be a delivery driver, seeing new sights but allowing you to be home most days.


Howard S. Wright  – Explore Construction Careers
Outdoor Space 9  |  Sign up for a 50 min session
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.


Ironworkers Local 29 – Cutting Torch & Tying Wire
Outdoor Space 16  |  Open all day for drop in
Learn from the Ironworkers how to weld, use a cutting torch, and tie wire, and see what to takes to become an Ironworker!


Laborers Apprenticeship  – Construction Craft Laborer Careers
Outdoor Space 24  |  Open all day for drop in
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 –  Careers with Les Schwab
Outdoor Space 27  |  Open all day for drop in

Learn about car and tire care while learning what it takes to have a career with Les Schwab!


NW Line Construction JATC  –  Careers of Powerline Tree Trimming    Outdoor Space 25  |  Open all day for drop in
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. Observe her climbing a tree using industry safety equipment and see if this career is for you!


NW Youth Corps – Cross Cut a Log
Outdoor Spae 23  |  Open all day for drop in
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.


Operating Engineers Local 701, Goodfellow Bros., and Ness & Campbell Crane
Outdoor Space 5 & 6  |  Open all day for drop in
Operate an excavator from a heavy equipment company.  Watch a crane in action! Learn what it takes to have a career in heavy equipment operating!  www.goodfellowbros.com


Roofers and Waterproofers  – Torch it! Melt it! Nail It!
Outdoor Space 13  |  Open all day for drop in
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
Outdoor Space 20  |  Open all day for drop in

Would you like to try your hand at building a brick wall? We will be ready to give you that chance with all the supplies to do so. You will also learn about all the great opportunities available to you in the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Apprenticeship.


Oregon Department of Transportation
Give ‘EM A BRAKE! Join a Highway or Bridge Maintenance Team!
Outdoor Space 16  |  Open all day for drop in
Learn how to use a Scissor lift to do maintenance under structures, a freeway message board that can be programed, a street sweeper to learn and look at, a pot hole to fill along with pavement knowledge, a plant to take and care for, and vehicle care. We will have recruiters on site to assist with job opportunities and show you why ODOT is a wonderful place to start a career.


Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute
Explore Construction and Carpentry Careers
Outdoor Space 7  |  Open all day for drop in
Assemble concrete forms and hang doors while learning about careers in carpentry from female carpenters.


Portland Fire and Rescue and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
Be a Firefighter!
Outdoor Space 12  |  Open all day for drop in
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 – Preparatory Workshop Physical Ability Test
Outdoor Space 19  |  Open all day for drop in
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
Outdoor Space 14  |  Open all day for drop in
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
Outdoor Space 15  |  Open all day for drop in
Learn about great careers with the City of Portland Maintenance Division while trying out some of the skills needed.


ReBuilding Center – Deconstruction!
Outdoor Space 10  |  Open all day for drop in
Deconstruct, while learning about recycling building materials to save the environment. Workshop sponsored by Metro.


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
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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