Apprentices from across the US shine during pandemic

Local 627 graduate apprentices Dakota Huffman (left) and Thomas “T.J.” Clark at the J.G. Cooksey Training Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

For 32 years, the Boilermaker National Apprenticeship Program has hosted the annual Apprentice of the Year Competition for United States apprentices. This year breaks that tradition due to the COVID-19 pandemic that’s been upending life both inside and outside the union.

Apprentices hold an important place in the union. They’re the upcoming generation that will carry the torch into the future in the same way Boilermakers have been doing since the union’s inception in 1880.

While the pandemic keeps BNAP from hosting an in-person competition, we at The Boilermaker Reporter wanted to celebrate the union’s apprentices so we solicited photos from each BNAP section. In place of our usual spread highlighting the Apprentice of the Year Competition, enjoy photos of Boilermaker apprentices across the U.S.

Due to COVID-19 challenges, we enforced social distancing, required face coverings at all times and checked temperatures. At the end of each day, the apprentices worked together cleaning the hall according to CDC guidelines. It was a challenge, but everyone participated. This shows the dedication of these apprentices and our instructors so that no one would have to miss training.

Timothy Bradbury, BM-ST, Local 37

Western States

  • Apprentices at the Local 92 training facility in Bloomington, California, and the J.G. Cooksey Training Center in Salt Lake City practice a wide variety of essential skills.

  • Local 627 graduate apprentices Dakota Huffman (left) and Thomas “T.J.” Clark at the J.G. Cooksey Training Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • Apprentices at the Local 92 training facility in Bloomington, California, and the J.G. Cooksey Training Center in Salt Lake City practice a wide variety of essential skills.

  • Apprentices at the Local 92 training facility in Bloomington, California, and the J.G. Cooksey Training Center in Salt Lake City practice a wide variety of essential skills.

    Great Lakes

    • Great Lakes Apprentices

    • Great Lakes Apprentices

    • Great Lakes Apprentices

    • Great Lakes Apprentices

    • Great Lakes Apprentices

    • Great Lakes Apprentices

    • Great Lakes Apprentices

    • Great Lakes Apprentices

    • Great Lakes Apprentices

    • Great Lakes Apprentices

    • Great Lakes Apprentices

    • Great Lakes Apprentices

    • Great Lakes Apprentices

    • In the Local 107 (Brookfield, Wisconsin) training center a power house replica allows apprentices to learn hands-on rigging and tube panel installation. Pictured here, the Local 107 apprentices use a spider crane to lift and place a header.

    • In the Local 107 (Brookfield, Wisconsin) training center a power house replica allows apprentices to learn hands-on rigging and tube panel installation. Pictured here, the Local 107 apprentices use a spider crane to lift and place a header.

      Northeast

      • Northeast Apprentices

      • Northeast Apprentices

      • Northeast Apprentices

      • LOCAL 13 APPRENTICES polish their welding skills and equipment knowledge at the Philadelphia training facility.

      • LOCAL 13 APPRENTICES polish their welding skills and equipment knowledge at the Philadelphia training facility.

      • Northeast Apprentices

        Southeast

        • Steven Goyke, Local 105 (Piketon, Ohio), practices precision cutting with an oxyacetylene torch.

        • Cody Taylor, Local 105 (Piketon, Ohio), separates plates with carbon air arc gouging

        • Adam Pennington and Nick Simpson, Local 105 (Piketon, Ohio), pose atop the rigging structure

        • Hunter McMillan, Local 105 (Piketon, Ohio), perfects his TIG welding skills

        • Southeast Apprentices

        • Southeast Apprentices

        • Mississippi River District fourth-year graduate apprentice class. Back row, l. to r., Robert Hillman, Roderick Ward, Malcom Gray, Ullysses Richmond, Houston Foraker. Front row, l. to r., Instructor Floyd Farlow, Edward McArthur and Instructor Terry Lamb.

        • Southeast Apprentices