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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.


JGAA honors L-199, L-433 graduate apprentices

Graduate apprentices receive recognition at a JGAA event in Jacksonville, Fla., June 4. L. to r.:L-199 BM-ST Carl Ferguson; L-199 apprentice instructor Eric Olson; L-433 graduate apprentices Mark Gorgis, Shawn P. Collins, and Patricia Green; L-199 graduate apprentices Jonathan Russell and Brian Saslona; L-433 BM-ST Jamie Barnes; SAJAC Director Mike Peterson; and L-199 graduate apprentice Paul Topel (kneeling).

SIX GRADUATE APPRENTICES from two Florida lodges — L-199 in Jacksonville and L-433 in Tampa —– were among nearly 100 building trade workers honored June 4 in Jacksonville for completing their respective apprenticeship programs. Sponsored by the Jacksonville General Apprenticeship Association, the event drew 500 union members and guests.

Locals  L-199, L-433

L-580 apprentice tests his welding skills

L-580 apprentice Jared Cloutier with his gold and silver medals.

Jared Cloutier earns silver and gold medals in Canadian contests

JARED CLOUTIER, 22, a third-year apprentice out of Local 580 (Halifax, Nova Scotia), has been testing his welding skills in provincial and national contests, earning a gold medal at the Nova Scotia Skill Competition on April 29 and a silver medal at the Canadian Skills Competition in Waterloo, Ontario, May 21-22.

Locals  L-580

Competition measures knowledge, practical skills

Andrew Dolan, L-73, welds test coupons.

THE CANADIAN BOILERMAKER apprentice competition tests journeyman tradecraft. The contest begins with a six-hour written exam that includes about 300 multiple-choice questions drawn from the apprentice training curriculum, the Boilermaker Constitution, and local lodge bylaws. Curriculum-related content includes such topics as cutting and welding; hand and power tools; construction materials; metallurgy; blueprint reading; layout and fitting; math; rigging; and boilers, heat exchangers, furnaces, and tanks.

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

L-146’s Hache wins Canadian apprentice contest

Contestants in the 2010 Canadian Boilermaker Apprenticeship Competition include, l. to r., Jackson Bishop, L-555; Lucas Wood, L-128; Andrew Dolan, L-73; Adam Saunders, L-359; Eric Hache, L-146; and Francis Cadieux, L-271.

Brooks receives Industry Award of Excellence

ERIC HACHE, a Local 146 (Edmonton, Alberta) graduate apprentice, took top honors in the 2010 Canadian Boilermaker Apprenticeship Competition held at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton June 21-24. The announcement came during the awards banquet at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald.

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

Renee Dupuis thrives on training and racing

Renee Dupuis is a championship race car driver who just happens to work for the Boilermakers’ Northeast area apprenticeship program, too.

Office worker is NASCAR driver

DURING THE WEEK, Renee Dupuis can be found working away in the office of the Boilermakers’ Northeast area apprenticeship program in East Hartford, Conn. But on the weekends you’ll find her pursuing her 30-year passion as a championship-winning race car driver.

She began her career in motor sports at the age of four driving in the Quarter Midget ranks. At age 15, she moved into a Pro Four Modified, where she secured several feature wins and a series championship. She then advanced to the NASCAR Modified division.


Local 60 apprentices graduate

THE OFFICERS AND members of Local 60 (Peoria, Ill.) offer their congratulations to the March graduate apprentices. L. to r., Nicholas Bernath, Richard Billings, Henry McGlothlin, Casey Servis, Michael Wallarab, Marc Huddleston, Tommy Hall, Josh Ackerman, James Cook, Matthew Rauh, Nathan Baima, Darren Wade, Matthew Forristall, Jorgina Breeding-Fulton, Ben Doty, Tamera Heser, James Haas, and Lynwood Dillman.

Locals  L-60

Boxer shares life’s lessons with L-128 apprentices

Former heavyweight champion George Chuvalo, at left, kids around with Local 128 apprentice Ryan Creech.

Former heavyweight champion describes loss of three sons to heroin

GEORGE CHUVALO WAS never knocked down in 93 professional fights — including matches against such boxing greats as Mohammed Ali (twice), Joe Fraser, and George Foreman. He was the reigning Canadian Heavyweight Boxing Champion for 21 years (from 1958-1979). But Chuvalo lost the fight to save his three sons from substance abuse. Jesse, George Jr., and Steven all died from heroin addiction. In a related tragedy, Chuvalo’s first wife, Lynn, committed suicide following the death of their second son.

Locals  L-128

L-40 offers advanced welding class

Eric Stewart, Lincoln Electric’s global pipe welding technologist, demonstrates an STT machine to Local 40 apprentices.

Lincoln Electric demonstrates new technology during five-day seminar

THIRD AND FOURTH-year Local 40 apprentices attended an advanced welding techniques class at their training center in Elizabethtown, Ky., July 20-24.

Locals  L-40

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