THE U.S. NATIONAL Apprenticeship Competition marks the highest level of skills and knowledge testing for Boilermaker graduate apprentices. But before the finale, contestants are selected at the local lodge level to compete in their geographic areas.
In 2013, 37 graduate apprentices reached their area competitions, from which eight were selected by judges to enter the nationals.
THE UNION SPORTSMEN’S Alliance (USA) 5th Annual Boilermakers Kansas City Sporting Clays Shoot held in Lenexa, Kan., Sept. 21, set a USA shoot financial record, raising $131,839 to support the group’s conservation mission. The event also increased participation by 22% from 2012.
JOHN CAMMUSO, a long-time apprentice competition judge and Babcock Power employee, received special recognition earlier this year when the Northeast Area Apprenticeship Program (NEABAP) announced an award in his name.
BOILERMAKERS LOCAL 627 held its annual golf tournament and area picnic in Farmington, N.M., August 30-31, with 42 active and retired members attending. L-627 BM-ST Jacob Evenson noted that owner representatives from the PNM power plant were among those participating in the tournament, along with contractor representatives from Babcock & Wilcox, CB&I, and Electrical Energy Services Inc.
Front row, left to right: Darrell Yazzie, Filbert King, Truman Arizona, Monty Kinlicheenie, Lionel Goldtooth, Randy Wilcox, Steve Stephenson, Asst. BM Wes Hevener, BM-ST Jacob Evenson.
BRIAN LAY (center), a member of Local 85, Toledo, Ohio, has a passion for racing that started at a tender age. He began competing on three-wheelers at age 3 and later graduated to go-carts, where he won six championships by age 17. A year later, he began racing 410 Sprint Cars. Now 33, Lay has won three dirt-track championships in the last five years. His racing has taken him to South Africa for four events. Joining him in the photo are, left to right, Rick Katafiasz; L-85 member Andrew Varga; Kenny Katafiasz; and Kent Lay, Brian’s father, a retired 32-year L-85 member.
National listening sessions precede action on existing plants
U.S. BOILERMAKERS are turning out across the nation at EPA listening sessions intended to allow stakeholders and the public to voice their positions on the agency’s planned emission restrictions for existing coal-fired power plants. Eleven sessions are scheduled for late October to early November in or near major cities from coast to coast.
CHRISTOPHER OPALEWSKI, a member of Local 169 (Detroit), became the first military veteran indentured through the Helmets to Hardhats program to be named the top U.S. Boilermaker graduate apprentice, following a four-day competition at L-169’s training center in Allen Park, Mich., Sept. 22-25. The 26th annual competition was held under the auspices of the Boilermakers National Apprenticeship Program (BNAP), with L-169 serving as the host lodge.