At a time when a standard four-year college education can cost a student over $100,000 without the promise of a good job afterword, our apprenticeship programs can provide a great alternative.

Decades ago, our union members voted to divert money from their own paychecks in order to build state-of-the-art training facilities to provide hands on work experience for apprentices and continuing education for journeymen and women. Since then, our member unions have invested $30 million in buildings and state-of-the-art equipment for our apprenticeship training centers, and over $10 million annually for operations and maintenance ($6,000-8,000 per apprentice). Without a dime of public money, we have developed what we believe is the best trained, most highly skilled construction workforce in the world, right here in Oregon.

The apprenticeship programs offered by OBTC’s member unions build upon generations of practices and traditions handed down from one tradesperson to the next. OBTC believes that not everyone is meant to attend a four-year university or college and skilled trades are a great way to earn a living wage. We back that up through our commitment to apprentices learning the tools of their trade while earning a wage. Our program allows apprentices to learn on the job and in the classroom, all the while earning wages until they become certified tradesmen and women.

When you join the apprenticeship programs of any of our 21 member unions, not only will you gain valuable skills to lead you to new heights, you become part of an organization with an extensive and respected tradition. One of the ways our member unions demonstrate this tradition is by making safety our first and primary concern. Due to the training and expertise of our members, our safety record is much higher than those of non-union, unskilled contractors. This commitment to the continued health of our workforce is a source of great pride for our organization.

Contact one of the programs below to find out more information about apprenticeship programs in your area.

Apprenticeship Options

BRICKLAYER
Background Information
Shawn Lenczowski
503-234-3781
shawn@bac1or.org

CEMENT MASON
Background Information
Craig Smith
503-408-8555
cm555jatc@integra.net

ELECTRICAL – METRO
Background Information
Rod Belisle
503-262-9991 ext. 5050
rbelisle@nietc.org
www.nietc.org

ELECTRICAL – Central Electrical Training Center
Dave Baker
541-917-6199
Fax 541-917-6190
33309 Hwy 99E
Tangent, OR 97389

FINISHER / TILESETTER
Shawn Lenczowski
503-234-3781
shawn@bac1or.org

FLOOR COVERER
John Lawson
jlawson@iupatdc5.org
503-282-5783

GLAZIER
Background Information
Alan Brown
503-255-3920
Alan.Brown@mhcc.edu

HEAT / FROST INSULATOR
Walt Caudle
503-255-5124
coordinator36@iinet.com

IRONWORKER
Background Information
Keith Kordenat
503-775-0877
jatc29@nwiw.com

LABORER
Background Information
Al Devita
1-800-511-2907

PAINTER / DECORATOR / HIGHWAY STRIPER / DRYWALL FINISHER
Background Information
Bill Regan
503-287-4856
wregan@pattt.org

PLASTERER
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
CALVIN Mckinnis
503-232-3257
plasterers_jac@yahoo.com

PLUMBER / STEAMFITTER – TUALATIN
Background Information
Mike Pollock
503-691-1997
mpollock@ua290.org

ROOFER / WATERPROOFER
Background Information
Clint Mapes
503-546-4235
clintm@pdxroofersapp.com

SHEET METAL WORKER
Background Information
Dennis Boyd
503-257-1022
dennis@sheetmetal-16.org
www.sheetmetal-16.org