Join our Local
There are a few ways to join Local 290. Our apprenticeship program is appropriate for high school graduates looking for something other than the traditional college route, those looking for a career change, or college graduates concerned with the difficult job market.
If you’re good with your hands and fascinated by the construction industry and the trades, apply for our five-year apprenticeship program. After an interview process and acceptance, each apprentice is paired with a journeyman. While in the apprenticeship, you will complete 8,000 hours of training in various areas and gain five years’ experience in the trade. Tests are then all that stand in the way of becoming a qualified journeyman. For more information regarding our journeyman program at the Training Centers, please contact Assistant Training Coordinator Justin May at 503-612-4944 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information regarding apprenticeships, contact Assistant Training Coordinator Marci Wichman at 503-612-4914 or email her at email@example.com.
Local 290 is actively recruiting qualified plumbers, plumbing service techs, HVAC/R service techs, steamfitters, pipefitters, and welders for our Building Trades Division and qualified metal trades plumbers and pipefitters for our Metal Trades and Marine Division. This recruitment effort is aimed at meeting current and future manpower demands at our Local.
The backbone of our strategy is our apprenticeship program and Training Centers. We are devoting significant resources to recruiting strong candidates from high schools, trade schools, welding schools, and colleges as well as non-union employees and those in non-union apprenticeship programs. We’ve adapted our curriculum to accommodate our signatory contractors in the HVAC/R service industry and we are also working to expand our Commercial and Residential Plumbing Service Training for apprentices and journeymen. Our Accelerated Welding Program has been reinstated in 2013.
Another way to join Local 290 is by working a minimum of five years in any UA trade and completing a series of tests at our Training Centers to be a qualified journeyman. If you do meet the work experience requirements but cannot test in, you may qualify for a custom training program. You must have marketable skills and show a desire to stay on track and join our Local. If you qualify or have additional questions, please contact our Director of Organizing, Dave Sheridan at 503-612-4911 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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