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Lewis, Dubreuil win Canadian graduate apprentice contest

Brad Lewis, L-146, and Jason Dubreuil, L-128, take top team honors.

12 compete at BCIT in Vancouver, British Columbia

THE TEAM OF Brad Lewis and Jason Dubreuil won the 2014 Canadian Boilermaker Graduate Apprenticeship Competition held June 24-26 at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Vancouver.

Lewis, Local 146 (Edmonton, Alberta), and Dubreuil, Local 128 (Toronto, Ontario), were among 12 graduate apprentices from across Canada who participated in the biennial event, which is planned and executed by the Boilermakers National Training Trust Fund (NTTF), Canada.

Locals  L-73, L-128, L-146, L-271, L-359, L-555
Reporter  V53N3

L-667 apprentices build smoker-grill

Project tests group’s skills

FOURTH-YEAR APPRENTICES at Local 667 (Winfield, W.Va.) received a special challenge during their final class at the lodge’s training center in January. The soon-to-be journeymen were tasked with building a smoker-grill from scratch, starting with just a general set of blueprints.

Locals  L-667
Reporter  V53N2

Joshua Carter wears Boilermaker pride every day

JOSHUA CARTER, WHOSE photo appears on the cover of the Boilermaker Reporter, wears his devotion to the Boilermaker trade where anyone can readily see it — on his right forearm.

“Once I started boiler-making, I knew I wasn’t going to do anything else,” said the graduate apprentice from Local 69 (Little Rock, Ark.).

Locals  L-69

Area competitions test graduate apprentices

Great Lakes Area Competition

Events determine finalists for national title

THE U.S. NATIONAL Apprenticeship Competition marks the highest level of skills and knowledge testing for Boilermaker graduate apprentices. But before the finale, contestants are selected at the local lodge level to compete in their geographic areas.

In 2013, 37 graduate apprentices reached their area competitions, from which eight were selected by judges to enter the nationals.


Rigging award named for John Cammuso

NEABAP Co-coordinator Jason Dupuis, right, presents the inaugural rigging award to John Cammuso.

L-28’s Cefaratti takes home first-ever trophy

JOHN CAMMUSO, a long-time apprentice competition judge and Babcock Power employee, received special recognition earlier this year when the Northeast Area Apprenticeship Program (NEABAP) announced an award in his name.

Locals  L-28, L-242, L-502

L-169’s Opalewski wins top graduate apprentice title

L-169’s Christopher Opalewski hoists the first place trophy after being named the top graduate apprentice for 2013.

National award is first for an H2H contestant

CHRISTOPHER OPALEWSKI, a member of Local 169 (Detroit), became the first military veteran indentured through the Helmets to Hardhats program to be named the top U.S. Boilermaker graduate apprentice, following a four-day competition at L-169’s training center in Allen Park, Mich., Sept. 22-25. The 26th annual competition was held under the auspices of the Boilermakers National Apprenticeship Program (BNAP), with L-169 serving as the host lodge.

Locals  L-7, L-69, L-85, L-154, L-169, L-242, L-433, L-502

Locals  L-456
Reporter  V52N3

U.S. Navy video salutes L-344 members

L-344 members keep aircraft flying at China Lake.

Film honors those who keep aircraft flying

BOILERMAKERS WHO maintain U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aircraft at the Navy Air Weapons Station (NAWS) at China Lake, Calif., were honored recently through a newly-released video tribute. Titled “The Unsung Hero: VX-31,” the 4-minute film depicts Local 344 members at work on military fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.

“Without an intensely-devoted team of professionals, these amazing aircraft would be nothing more than garden sculptures,” says the film’s narrator.

Locals  L-344

BNAP rolls out new website

Apprentice applicants will find wealth of information

VISITORS TO THE new Boilermakers National Apprenticeship Program website — www.bnap.com — will find a more user-friendly experience and far more information than was available previously, according to BNAP National Coordinator Marty Spencer. The site went live May 13.

Reporter  V52N2

Null judges 1st, 25th apprentice contests

SERVING AS A judge for the 25th annual Boilermaker National Apprenticeship Competition this year carried a special significance for Ken Null, a retired Local 549 (Pittsburg, Calif.) member and former Babcock & Wilcox project manager. Null, who resides in Redding, Calif., was one of the 12 judges who participated in the very first apprenticeship competition, held in Kansas City, Kan., in 1988.

Locals  L-549
Reporter  V51N4

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