UA Local 290 apprentices compete

Apprentices like Darien Landry, above, competed March 4 at the UA Local 290 Training Center in Tualatin, testing every aspect of their intensive training. According to plumbing curriculum coordinator Jeff Stallings, right, Landry’s work looks clean and professional, and the spreads on the angles are even. His copper project is similar to what you’d see conveying medical air or a vacuum in the ceiling or wall of a hospital.

It’s a friendly competition. Every year, apprentices learning a trade at the UA Local 290 Training Center square off to see who’s the best in four specialties: HVAC, plumbing, steamfitting, and welding.

Contest challenges bring together math, welding, the ability to read technical plans, and more. This year’s first place winners:


  • 1st Place Alexander Klinke
  • 2nd Place Tony Williams
  • 3rd Place Corey Robbins
  • 4th Place Jacob Ferrell


  • 1st Place William McEvoy
  • 2nd Place Patrick Volk
  • 3rd Place Preston Washechek
  • 4th Place Nicholas Moore


  • 1st Place Aaron Friesen
  • 2nd Place Hailey Rose Jones
  • 3rd Place Cale Ashton
  • 4th Place Terry Farris


  • 1st Place Mathew Crittenden
  • 2nd Place William Lomasney
  • 3rd Place Colby Wedgworth
  • 4th Place Owen Sundbom

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