Students get exposure to Boilermakers; union eyes potential members
ALLEN PARK – Now in its 13th year, the Boilermakers Local 169 (Detroit) High School Welding Invitational has earned a permanent spot on the spring calendar, establishing a program of matching up skilled high school welders with potential jobs in the Boilermakers.
U.S. AREA APPRENTICESHIP committees have scheduled competitions for 2015. The events will be held as follows: Western States, May 4-7, at the Local 101 Training Center in Denver; Northeast/Great Lakes, June 1-4, at the Local 154 Training Center in Pittsburgh; and Southeast, June 28-July 2, at the Local 456 Training Center, Rock Hill, S.C.
The Boilermakers National Apprenticeship Competition will be held August 30-September 3 at the Local 456 Training Center.
AN ICE SCULPTURE depicting the Boilermakers’ official seal helped set the stage for Local 169’s celebration of 120 years as an IBB lodge February 14. The celebration was held at the MGM Grand Detroit in conjunction with the local’s annual dinner-dance fundraiser benefiting the lodge’s scholarship program. Local 169 received its charter as a construction lodge on October 10, 1895. BM-ST Bob Hutsell put the lodge’s longevity into perspective, noting, “Boilermakers Local 169 has been around longer than the John Deere Tractor, Firestone, Goodyear, and U.S. Steel.
THE BOILERMAKERS’ International Executive Council scholarship committee announced the winners of its 2014 scholarship program this past April. The committee awarded $50,000 to 28 recipients, with $40,000 being allocated to U.S. applicants and $10,000 to Canadian applicants.
Runner-up spot goes to L-263’s Riley; Great Lakes Area takes team honors
ARTHUR KLING III, a member of Philadelphia Local 13 (Northeast Area), won top honors in the 2014 U.S. National Apprenticeship Competition held at the Mississippi River District Lodge 5/Local 37 training facility in Slidell, La., September 7-11. Kling scored best overall in a field of eight select candidates. The competition included a 10-hour-limit written exam and three days of practical exercises testing Boilermaker skills.
Consumers Energy adds spray dry absorbers for SO2 removal
BOILERMAKERS FROM Local 169 (Detroit) are completing work at two Consumers Energy coal-fired power plants in Michigan to retrofit air quality control systems. Work is underway on both sides of the state: at the Karn-Weadock Generating Complex near Bay City in the east, and at the J. H. Campbell complex near Port Sheldon in the west. Both projects involve installing spray dry absorbers to remove sulfur dioxide (SO2) from flue gas before it reaches the stack.
FORTY-TWO VOCATIONAL education students from 12 Michigan schools competed in the Local 169 (Detroit) High School Welding Invitational May 2. It was the 11th year for the annual event, which gives contestants an opportunity to test their welding skills and learn about a career as a Boilermaker. More than 500 students have participated since the event’s inception.
Marty Spencer, National Coordinator for the Boilermakers National Apprenticeship Program (BNAP), spoke to the group about apprenticeships.
RECENTLY STONE & WEBSTER was called upon by our client, Entergy Nuclear, to assist in the replacement of the Control Rod Drive housings on the reactor head at the Palisades Nuclear Station near Covert, Michigan. The added work was expected to extend the critical path of the Palisades refueling outage by approximately 28 days.