Women in Trades Career Fair


More than a thousand people attended the Oregon Tradeswomen’s Career Fair held May 19 at the IBEW Local 48 hall in Northeast Portland. The previous day, nearly 1,500 high school and middle school students from various districts attended. Many union-sponsored apprenticeship training programs hosted exhibits. 

The annual fair offers women and students an introduction to the jobs, skills, and benefits of a career in the building, mechanical, electrical, and utility trade, all while helping the industry build a diverse workforce.

Participants got the opportunity to try out tools, make things to take home, find out about training opportunities, and meet successful tradeswomen.

Melinda Wilson, a new journeyman at Operating Engineers Local 701, gives instruction on operating heavy machinery.


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