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Local 374’s Shick earns top honors at National Apprenticeship Competition

L-5, Z-7’s Jacob Weber and partner Zane Martin, L-29, both from the Northeast, work on the buddy weld exercise. The test requires contestants to cut out a section of a bad tube and replace it with a new one.

BILLY SHICK FROM Local 374 (Hobart, Indiana) took home the top honor at the 2019 National Apprenticeship Competition held at Local 28 (Newark, New Jersey) August 12-16, upsetting Detroit Local 169’s four-year winning streak. The close finish had L-169’s Justin Zueski coming in as this year’s runner-up. Team honors went to the Great Lakes team of Shick and Zueski.

Boilermaker National Apprenticeship Program chairman Michael Bray, from Riggs Distler Company, spoke at the awards dinner and praised all the competitors.

Locals  L-5/7, L-29, L-83, L-92, L-169, L-193, L-374, L-627
Reporter  V58N4

Boilermaker-built Maid of the Mist vessels go all electric

Marshall Morrisey, Local 5, Zone 7, sands the bulwarks in preparation for painting.

MORE THAN 20 MILLION tourists from around the world visit Niagara Falls each year to marvel at the massive power of 600,000 gallons-per-second of water rushing down the Niagara River, roaring over the trio of falls and crashing like liquid curtains over the rocky riverbeds 160-some feet below. Of those 20-plus million annual visitors, more than 1 million will take a ride against the river current on the famed Maid of the Mist boat tour to experience the mighty falls from a unique—and wet—on-the-water vantage point.

Locals  L-5/7, L-5/175, L-5/197, L-744
Reporter  V58N4

Top graduate credits goals, support network and hard work

Local 374’s Billy Shick captures the top spot at the 2019 National Apprenticeship Competition and in the team competition.

THE 2019 NATIONAL Apprenticeship Competition winner, Billy Shick, from Local 374 (Hobart, Indiana), is a second-generation Boilermaker who has the building trades in his blood. His uncle, Dewey Shick, labored as a carpenter contractor and his father, Butch Shick and older brother, Chuck Shick are Boilermakers. Even though he knew about the Boilermakers and understood what they did, Shick took a winding path into the union.

Locals  L-374
Reporter  V58N4


Slater keeps the L-169 streak going

2018 graduate apprenticeship competition winner Joshua Slater

Top graduate apprentice grateful for training, support

AT ANY TIME during the 2018 BNAP graduate apprenticeship competition, one could glance at winner Josh Slater and read the intense concentration and determination on his face — through flying sparks, up high rigging and even in consultation with his team weld partner. Concentration and determination, he says, are two things every apprentice at Local 169 (Detroit) learns early.

Locals  L-169
Reporter  V57N4

L-169’s Slater captures 2018 graduate apprentice title

COMPETITORS AT THE NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP COMPETITION SHOWCASE THEIR SKILLS AT LOCAL 28 IN NEWARK, NEW JERSEY. Pictured from l. to r.: Matt Stillson, L-1; Joshua Slater, L-169; Dwayne Martin, L-40; Michael Estes, L-83; Joshua Roupe, L-154; Andrew Davis, L-29; Justin Williams, L-101; and Jason Eubanks, L-549.

Runner-up spot goes to L-29’s Davis; Northeast Section takes team honors

JOSHUA SLATER, A member of Detroit Local 169 (Great Lakes Area), won top honors at the 2018 National Apprenticeship Competition held at Local 28 (Newark, New Jersey) August 20-23. This was the fourth straight year a graduate apprentice of L-169 took top honors, and it was the local’s sixth top finish in the last 10 years.

Andrew Davis, a member of Local 29 (Boston), was named runner up. Team honors went to the Northeast, which paired Davis with Joshua Roupe, Local 154 (Pittsburgh).

Locals  L-1, L-29, L-40, L-83, L-101, L-154, L-169, L-549
Reporter  V57N4

L-83 apprentices get ‘in on the act,’ build staircase for school play

L-83 apprentices get ‘in on the act,’ build staircase for school play

APPRENTICES AT LOCAL 83 (Kansas City, Missouri) participated in the play “Eurydice” without ever setting foot on stage. Twenty apprentices, working in groups of five to eight, fabricated an elaborate staircase for the set of Olathe West High School’s fall play. Local 83’s BM-ST Scot Albertson said the 150-hour project was a real-life lesson in fabrication, because apprentices had to look at the drawing of the staircase, then build it.

Locals  L-83
Reporter  V57N4

L-374 treats visiting instructors to blacksmithing demo

L-374’s Nick Tokarz explains the hammer forging process.

Hammer forging offers apprentices opportunity to try age-old craft

BOILERMAKER APPRENTICE INSTRUCTORS attending the first-ever BNAP-sponsored national conference in Chicago in May took a road trip to nearby Local 374 (Hammond, Indiana) to watch a demonstration of blacksmithing skills.

Nick Tokarz, L-374 Assistant Director of Development and Training, coordinated and led the demonstration, assisted by L-374 welding instructor Pete Merkel along with Pat Quinn and Dan Neville of the Center for Metal Arts in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Locals  L-374
Reporter  V57N3

Former Marine rifle instructor aims for success in Salt Lake City

Andrew Jones at the BNAP National Instructor Conference in May.

Andrew Jones brings Corps values to apprentice training

WHAT DO THE Marine Corps and the Boilermakers have in common? If you ask Andrew Jones, quite a lot.

Jones, who is the apprentice instructor at the new J. G. Cooksey WSJAC Training Center in Salt Lake City, says attitude, discipline and camaraderie drive the Boilermaker construction trade — the same traits that make the Corps successful in its mission.

Locals  L-4
Reporter  V57N3

National Competition marks 30 years

The 2017 event marks the 30-year anniversary of the National Apprenticeship Competition. It grew out of section competitions, which started with the Southeast Area Joint Apprenticeship Committee’s recognition of the effort apprentices put into their training. In 1968, SAJAC held a competition for graduating apprentices and presented its first Paul D. Wedge Memorial Award. Over the next several years, other sections began establishing awards for their outstanding apprentices.

Reporter  V56N4

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