Oregon Tradeswomen's 2023 Career Fair

May 19 - School Day

8:30 am - 2:30 pm
For students attending with their school

May 20 Public Day

9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Everyone welcome - no registration required

Oregon Tradeswomen’s Annual Career Fair is a FREE, interactive, trades-related career event highlighting apprenticeship and debt-free training options for lucrative careers in the skilled construction trades. It is one of the most exciting and engaging career fairs in our region dedicated to the construction industry!

Oregon Tradeswomen's Career Fair connects thousands of students and job seekers to the wide variety of exciting careers in the skilled construction trades and supports local industry and businesses find qualified, skilled workers.

While focused on presenting these career options to female-identified students and job seekers, Oregon Tradeswomen’s Career Fair is open to everyone! Most workshops are managed by tradeswomen, demonstrating the power and potential of a truly diverse workforce.


NECA/IBEW Electrical Training Center
16021 NE Airport Way
Portland OR 97230

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Driving directions

Job Seekers

Come find the career you've been looking for - or one you may have never imagined! Check out the list of Exhibitors presenting interactive activities or hosting information tables to help you navigate the next steps in your career in the skilled construction trades!

Energy Trust: Power of the Sun
Outdoor Space 23

Find out how you can harness the power of sunlight and use that power.


EVRAZ Oregon Steel Mills: Alignment, Thermography, and Ultrasound
Outdoor Space 7

Work with members of the mechanical, electrical, and reliability maintenance teams at EVRAZ Oregon Steel Mills to practice validating and correcting alignment and searching for hidden items using both ultrasound and thermographic readings!


Goodfellow Bros: Heavy Equipment
Outdoor Space 14

Operate an excavator from a heavy equipment company. Learn what it takes to have a career in heavy equipment operating!


Ironworkers Local 29: See what it takes to become an Ironworker
Outdoor Space 18

Join the Ironworkers Local 29 to walk on an elevated beam and attempt to climb it. Learn basic rebar ties, use a cutting torch, try your hand at welding on a VR machine, learn basic knot tying, and more!


IUOE Local 701: Heavy Equipment Simulator
Outdoor Space 13

Visit the Luffing Tower Crane Simulation Trailer with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 701.


KEEN Utility: Women’s Work Boots
Outdoor Space 24

KEEN Utility’s work boots and work shoes will make workdays a little easier, with quality construction and signature KEEN comfort. Try on boots and check out the latest and upcoming styles. Don’t miss the prizes and giveaways!


McKinstry: McKinstry MEPF Experience
Outdoor Space 27

M – Mechanical | E – Electrical | P – Plumbing | F - Fire Sprinkler

Visit McKinstry to check out a variety of activities, including a mock welding setup & piping truck, and pipe threading & sprinkler fitter truck, an electric fleet vehicle, a plumbing wall mock-up, and fun activities such as a putting green and corn hole!


Mortenson: Obstacle Course
Room 9, INSIDE

Compete to move equipment and material from one side of the jobsite to the other.


National Women in Roofing – Oregon Council: Installing Shingles
Outdoor Space 3

Get the skills and use a nail gun to install felt shingles on your wooden birdhouses from Skanska.


NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center: Radiant Lights
Room 5, INSIDE

FRIDAY SET WORKSHOP TIMES 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm
MAX: 20 students per session

Work with the electricians to learn how an electrical circuit and fiber optics work. In this workshop you will build your very own display so that you can illuminate your space.


Northwest College of Construction: Frame Your Future
Room 9, INSIDE

Check out the NW College of Construction’s “Fastener Challenge” to test your speed and accuracy with a variety of fasteners. You can also gear up in tool bags and PPE to get your photo taken then assemble your own photo frame!


NW Carpenters Union: Climb to New Heights
Outdoor Space 29

Experience life as a Union Scaffold Erector. Climb to new heights as you look at the world from a Construction Worker’s perspective.


NW Natural: Fusing Natural Gas Poly Pipe
Outdoor Space 19

Learn how to fuse poly pipe using a plate heater and fusing machine and take home your very own piece of fused pipe. Learn how natural gas technicians are trained to install meters and pipes, do maintenance, and respond to emergencies while exploring a service truck with 200+ different parts and tools.


Oregon & SW Washington Roofers & Waterproofers Apprenticeship: Torch it! Melt it! Nail it!
Outdoor Space 21

Ever wish that you could touch the sky? Roofers and Waterproofers do that every day. Come be a roofer for a day. Make your own green roof, repair your own roof, and work with a Roofer installing modified roofing with a real torch.


Oregon & SW Washington Mason Trades: Bricklaying & Tilesetting
Outdoor Space 20

Would you like to try your hand at building with Brick or Tile. We will be ready to give you that chance, so put on your work clothes and be ready to get a little messy. We will also teach you about all the great opportunities

available to you in the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Apprenticeship Program.

Oregon Laborers Apprenticeship: Leveling the Construction Field
Outdoor Space 1

Come use a few of the Construction Craft Laborers specialty tools used in demolition and in construction site preparation: concrete breakers, chipping guns, laser levels, rakes, compactors, and more!


Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[YES]): Find the impostor card game
Outdoor Space 5

Match cards to discover different types of impostor syndrome, learn how this applies in your workplace, and gain information on what you can do about it.


Portland Bureau of Transportation Maintenance Operations
Outdoor Space 28 & 29

Visit PBOT Maintenance Operations to check out their six-yard dump truck outfitted with a plow, a scissor lift boom truck, a sewer camera truck, & a sign maintenance sprinter van!


Portland Fire & Rescue
Outdoor Space 12

At the fire fighting workshop you will be able to put on some of the gear firefighters wear into a burning building and check out the equipment they use (chain saws, axes, and extrication equipment). You can also harness up and see how far you can climb the aerial fire truck ladder!


Portland General Electric: Life of a Line Worker
Outdoor Space 6

Learn about the unique and intricate skills of the line worker trade! Experience an up close and personal look
at a bucket truck.


Portland Water Bureau: Main Break Simulation
Outdoor Space 30

Break down and reassemble a water meter; test water for turbidity; tap a 1” pipe; simulate a main break with the workers from Portland Water Bureau. Learn about careers with the Water Bureau.


Sheet Metal Institute: Sheet Metal Flower Pots
Room 1 - INSIDE

Build a sheet metal flower pot! Use hand tools to assemble the pieces and a hand break to bend the metal. At the end, you will take home your creation!


Skanska: Build a Birdhouse
Outdoor Space 4

Use basic woodworking techniques to build a birdhouse with Skanska. This project is fun, straight-forward and you can take you birdhouse home just in time for spring. Learn about exciting careers in construction at Skanska.


TriMet: Maintenance of Way, Light Rail Maintenance, and Bus Maintenance
Outdoor Space 31 and Lab 1 INSIDE

Ever wonder how TriMet vehicles are able to travel over 24 million miles each year? Come learn from the expert mechanics who help ensure our vehicles’ wheels keep turning, our facilities running, and our riders arrive safely to their destinations every day.


Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
Outdoor Space 2

Find out about career opportunities with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and get up close to a fire truck.


UA Local 290: How to fix it Home Edition
Lab 3 - INSIDE

No plumbing skills required. Learn how to trouble shoot common costly issues with your leaky toilet or Faucet. Save yourself a $400 bill by fixing it yourself.

Control Your Environment with HVAC/R

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) is and advanced field responsible for controlling the environment inside an office building or food production facility. Experiment with how to manage air flow and see how this industry has shaped our world with food and human comfort.


UA Local 290: Welding and Steamfitting
Lab 4 - INSIDE

Check out those pipes! See what our certified welders do on construction sites and learn what it means to be a steamfitter. Try your hand at welding and take home a small project that you weld yourself. Long pants and closed toe shoes required.


Vestas: Virtual Reality - Tower Tours
Outdoor Space 26

Visit with the team at Vestas try out the Virtual Reality - Tower Tours and digital simulator.


Walsh Construction Co.: Build a House
Lab 2 - INSIDE

Assemble a small wood framed house and deconstruct it. Learn how to use cordless power drills.


Washington County Land Use & Transportation.: Paint Striper
Outside O-15

Learn more about the work of Washington County Land Use & Transportation’s work and see how a paint striper works!



Our volunteers are the best and are truly the POWER behind Oregon Tradeswomen’s annual Career Fair! We can't put this event on without you!


Oregon Tradeswomen's Career Fair offers an unparalleled opportunity for your students to explore lucrative, debt-free career training opportunities available in the skilled construction trades and adjacent industries.

Registration is now closed.

Teachers and chaperones may visit the school page for more information and downloadable forms.

LiUNA representatives talk with Career Fair attendees about apprenticeship and the opportunities for debt-free training and education as a Union Laborer.

Senator Ron Wyden visited Oregon Tradeswomen's annual Career Fair. He enjoyed learning about the great work happening in our region to expand access to apprenticeship and debt-free career education opportunities.

Middle School Girls show their enthusiasm at the Ironworkers Local 29 workshop at Oregon Tradeswomen's Career Fair!


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