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Locals  L-5, L-7, L-40, L-69, L-85, L-169, L-242, L-500

National apprenticeship competition begins

Joshua Breedlove, L-69 (Little Rock, Ark.) goes to work in the arc gouging exercise.

Eight contestants test at L-169

DEARBORN, MI, Sept. 24, 2012 – Eight graduate apprentices who placed first or second in their area apprenticeship competitions earlier this year began competing for national honors at Local 169 facilities yesterday.

Candidates took extensive written tests Sept. 23 and today began their practical tests, including reeving, ropes, and knots, arc gouging and safety, and tool identification and CPR.

Locals  L-5, L-7, L-40, L-69, L-85, L-169, L-242, L-500

Canadian apprenticeship contest makes history

Contestants try on commemorative jackets during a reception. Kneeling, l. to r., Alexandre LaPalme-Lajeunesse, L-271; Joe Beauchamp, L-128; and Sean Walsh, L-203. Standing, l. to r., Ross Thompson, L-359; Brian Loos, L-359; Justin Brkic, L-73; Nathalie Delisle, L-271; Cory Malakoff, L-555; Roger McGuire, L-555; Paul Salisbury, L-128; James Mason, L-203; Dixon Lewis, L-73; Clayton Chiurka, L-146; and Neil Bennett, L-146.

L-146 pair captures first team event, first female Boilermaker competes

TWO MEMBERS OF Local 146 (Edmonton, Alberta) shared the first-ever team honors in the Canadian Boilermaker Apprenticeship Competition held at the New Brunswick Community College in Moncton June 24-28. Neil Bennett and Clayton Chiurka placed first in a field of seven teams from across the nation. The duo also won individual honors as top Boilermaker graduate apprentices — Bennett for 2011, Chiurka for 2012.

Locals  L-73, L-128, L-146, L-203, L-271, L-359, L-555

BNAP builds cutting-edge training program

BNAP staff members work on story-boarding a video segment of the BNAP Online Interactive Training System. L. to r., trainer Dave Vallacqua, lead instructor John Standish, BNAP National Coordinator Marty Spencer (standing), trainer Terry Collins, and trainer Mark Branscum.

Internet-based instruction offers big advantages

BOILERMAKER APPRENTICES will soon gain a whole new training experience through an Internet-based program called the BNAP Online Interactive Training System. The system is under development by the Boilermakers National Apprenticeship Program (BNAP) in conjunction with the Construction Sector Operations Division and the Kelly Learning Group. It will include an updated and standardized version of BNAP’s core curriculum.

Reporter  V51N1

Local 154’s Dunlevy wins national apprentice contest

BRANDON DUNLEVY places first in the national apprentice competition.

L-85’s Harman places second; NE contestants take team honors

EIGHT TOP BOILERMAKER graduate apprentices from across the United States tested their skills during the 24th annual National Outstanding Apprentice Competition held at the Local 7 (Buffalo, N.Y.) training facilities in Orchard Park Sept. 25-29. Contestants competed in written and practical tests. They were graded individually and as teams from their respective geographic areas. Judges included veteran Boilermakers and contractor representatives.

Locals  L-5, L-7, L-40, L-85, L-154, L-169, L-453, L-502, L-549
Reporter  V50N4

L-555 apprentice receives Langan Award

L-555 Business Rep Ted Stark, l., accepts a $5,000 check to fund a new award for

Mike McMullin named first recipient

LOCAL LODGE 555 (Winnipeg, Manitoba) presented its first Mark Langan Apprentice Achievement Award to Mike McMullin Dec. 1, 2010. The award recognizes apprentices who demonstrate commitment to the Boilermaker trade. It takes into account volunteerism, attendance at union meetings, work ethic on the job, performance in apprenticeship school, and respect by co-workers.

Locals  L-555
Reporter  V50N1

L-128 member serves as “Survivor Nicaragua” crew member

“Survivor” TV host Jeff Probst (l.) lets L-128 apprentice Lucas Faganely hold his Emmy award.

Four-month job makes lasting impression on 2nd-year apprentice Lucas Faganely

LUCAS FAGANELY, a second-year apprentice out of Local 128 (Toronto, Ontario), spent this past summer as a member of what he calls, “the craziest television adventure crew in the world.”

Faganely was selected to be a member of the “DreamTeam” for the hit TV show, “Survivor Nicaragua.”

Locals  L-128

L-7’s Bogue wins national apprentice competition

Michael Bogue, l., receives congratulation on his first-place finish from BNAP National Coordinator Pat Smith.

L-502’s Nordstrom places second; Northeast contestants take team honors

GRADUATE APPRENTICE Michael Bogue, Local 7 (Buffalo, N.Y.), won first place at the 23rd annual Boilermakers’ National Outstanding Apprenticeship Competition, held Sept. 26-30 at Local 7’s training center in Orchard Park. Western States apprentice C. Eric Nordstrom, Local 502 (Puyallup, Wash.), took second. Team honors went to Bogue and Jeffrey Nasta, Local 5 Zone 5 (New York), representing the Northeast Area.


2010 Regional Apprentice Competitions

Northeast Area contestants include, front row, l. to r.: Daniel Gilmore L-154; Christopher O’Neill, L-237; Brian Scolamiero, L-29; (runner-up) Michael Bogue, L-7; Gary Smith, L-28; (winner) Jeffrey Nasta, L-5 Zone 5; Joseph Phillips, L-13; Russell Young L-5 Zone 197; and Ryan Taylor L-5 Zone 175.

Northeast & Great Lakes

THE NORTHEAST AND Great Lakes areas held their 24th annual joint graduate apprentice competitions May 17-20 at Local 5 Zone 197 (Albany, N.Y.). The top two finishers in each contest will represent their areas in the national contest in Buffalo, N.Y., Sept. 27-30.

JEFFREY NASTA of Local 5 Zone 5 (New York) and Michael Bogue of Local 7 (Buffalo, N.Y.) placed first and second, respectively, in the Northeast Area Apprentice Committee’s (NEAAC) John J. Harrington Apprentice of the Year competition.


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