Welcome to Local 290
Local 290 is a local union member of the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters. We are a multi-craft union made up of more than four thousand active and retired members specializing in the fabrication, installation and servicing of piping systems. From master plumbers, to certified welders, and specialized pipe fitting journeymen, our union is proud to have such a diverse background of tradesmen. This website is dedicated to the men and women, both past and present, helping to ensure the health and welfare of our nation.
The United Association has been training qualified pipe tradesmen longer than anyone else in the industry. Our Local boasts one of the premier training programs in the nation. The Matt J. Walters Training Center has 10 training facilities and over 70 instructors, bringing in a vast range of knowledge and experience that is unmatched in the industry. Curriculum includes five-year apprenticeship programs, extensive journeyman training, organized instructor training and certification programs. Our signatory contractors offer apprentices valuable on-the-job experience. Under the careful guidance and instruction of journeymen, apprentices will apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to the jobsite.
We work on projects like OHSU on the South Waterfront in Portland and the server farm in Central Oregon for Facebook. With a large jurisdiction stretching all the way to Northern California, we also work projects such as the decommissioning of the Humboldt Bay Power Plant.
News and Events
With the holidays approaching, the Hall, Training Center, and Weld Shop will all be operating at some different hours. Please see below to learn exactly when.
E-mails in Support of Jordan Cove/Pacific Connector Pipeline to FERC and Elected Politicians Needed
Please take a moment to send an email in support of Jordan Cove/Pacific Connector Pipeline. Click below for suggestions.
Support the Jordan Cove Project - Be Heard!
With the FERC hearings fast approaching and opposition mounting, it's the perfect time to contact your senators and representatives and let them know you support Jordan Cove! See below to learn how.
Bluelight: Building Trades Review HVAC
This class is designed to review the HVACR Portion of the 5 year steamfitter curriculum.
Bluelight: Mitsubishi VRF Training
Variable Refrigerant Flow-The CITY MULTI Service Course
Rebecca Grief, Plumber Apprentice featured in fourth installment of Tradeswomen Tuesday
Read more about Rebecca
Local 290 Member Featured on Tradeswomen Tuesday
Member Zory Hill is the third woman being featured in a series of interviews with some of the tradeswomen of Local 290.
Jin Coplin Featured in Tradeswomen Tuesday Series
Local 290 Member, Rose Darke, featured in Tradeswomen Tuesday
Rose is the first in a series of features on women in the trade.
Up to date class information
BT Exam Application
The next Building Trades Exam is in June 2015. Applications will be available here, starting the first week of April 2015.