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ATAC to pay tuition costs at BCIT

Instructor Al Bennett (l.) oversees Boilermaker training at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Students who qualify can attend 23-week Boilermaker Foundation Program

THE APPRENTICESHIP TRADE Advancement Committee (ATAC), a joint venture of Local 359 (Vancouver, British Columbia) and Boilermaker employers, has agreed to pay the tuition costs for those interested in participating in the Boilermaker Foundation Program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).

Locals  L-359

L-687’s Sibley teaches Afghans to weld

Apprentice Thomas Sibley

Apprentice serves with South Carolina National Guard

SPECIALIST THOMAS SIBLEY, a third-period apprentice with Local 687 (Charleston, Heights, S.C.) didn’t figure on putting his welding skills to much use when his National Guard unit shipped out to Afghanistan in May 2007. A communications specialist with the 218th Brigade Combat Team, Sibley handles video teleconferencing assignments, linking his unit to others around the world.

Locals  L-687
Reporter  V47N1

Local 374 members complete rigging yard

After breaking ground for the local’s new rigging yard last April, Local 374 journeymen and apprentices began erecting the steel frame.

New addition reinforces lodge’s commitment to contractors, customers

MEMBERS OF LOCAL Lodge 374 have not one, but two high-tech training facilities. One is located by their lodge office in Hammond, Ind.; the other can be found about 300 miles south in Dale, Ind., where members recently completed a new rigging yard.

Locals  L-374
Reporter  V47N1

Local 146 creates WorkSmart program

Hands-on training at the L-146 WorkSmart program includes learning how to safely set up and use oxy-acetylene cutting equipment.

Training exposes students to Boilermaker and welding trades

HOW DO YOU know if you’re cut out to be a Local 146 (Edmonton, Alberta) Boilermaker? Answering that question became a lot easier for prospective members last year when the lodge launched a new program called WorkSmart.

Locals  L-146
Reporter  V47N1

Students join Local 11 members at job site

Demand for skilled workers allows for interesting classroom project

NINE MEMBERS OF a welding class left the UM-Helena College of Technology to get some hands-on experience by working side-by-side with members of Local 11 (Helena, Mont.) at the Colstrip 3 Power Plant.

The students worked eight weeks this spring, helping the Boilermakers complete repair work on a boiler and perform routine maintenance work during a scheduled shutdown at the facility.

Locals  L-11
Reporter  V47N1

Setting the nozzle

David French (Local 359) lines up the spot.

THE EXERCISES USED to test apprentices often seem easier than they turn out to be. The nozzle exercise is a good example. Contestants were required to cut a hole in the side of a vessel and attach a nozzle.

The steps are deceptively simple: choose a spot, measure and mark a perimeter, cut the hole, place the nozzle, and tack-weld it into place. But because the wall of the vessel is curved and the nozzle is also round, drawing and cutting the hole is not a simple exercise.

Locals  L-146, L-203, L-359, L-555
Reporter  V46N3

SAJAC builds training center in Texas to meet job growth

SAJAC’s new training facility houses state-of-the-art equipment.

Facility honors IVP George D. Rogers, former L-132 BM-ST

“Build it and they will come.” That famous movie phrase could easily apply to the new training facility built by the Southeastern Area Joint Apprenticeship Committee (SAJAC) on land donated by Local 132 in LaMarque, Texas.

Since the center was completed in June 2006, the two classrooms and 22 welding booths have been in near-constant use, says Mark Thompson, business manager and secretary-treasurer of Local 132 since July 2002.

Locals  L-74, L-132, L-531, L-587

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