SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- United Association Local 290, a union that represents plumbers, steamfitters, and service technicians, is ready to teach the next generation.
They have internships available for high school students to learn the tricks of the trade. They've partnered with the Lane Education Service District to help students explore career opportunities. At their headquarters in Springfield, UA Local 290 has classroom and training areas where students can gain real-world experience.
Jeff McGillvery, the training coordinator for UA Local 290, said the internships last up to ten weeks and the students meet with experts twice a week for three hours a week.
“We teach them how to solder, braze, and a little bit of welding here, and it gives them a little bit of look into the trades to see if they're interested,” McGillvery said.
Students can sign up through their school counselors. They will also need to do an interview with UA Local 290 instructors. McGillvery said students who have an interest in algebra and working with their hands are perfect candidates.
After completing the program, students can sign up for a paid apprenticeship program and graduate with a certification in their chosen field.