Workshops and Interactive Activities

A hands-on Career Fair Introducing High-Wage, High-Skill Careers in the trades, without the debt of college.

Workshops & Interactive Activities

The Workshops and Interactive Activities presented by our sponsors and partners are the heart of Oregon Tradeswomen’s Career Fair. All of the activities on Saturday, May 18, 2019 are open all day for dropin.

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Saturday Workshops and Activities: Open all day for drop-in

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) – Bucket Truck: The View from Above
Outdoor Space 2
Get harnessed into our bucket truck and ride a few stories above ground to experience what it feels like to be a lineworker repairing transmission line equipment.

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) – Electric Bicycle: Think You Can Power a Light Bulb?
Outdoor Space 2
Use your pedal power to generate electricity. See what it takes to keep the lights on and electricity flowing through the Northwest’s transmission system.

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) – Fire Extinguisher Simulation: Playing With Fire
Outdoor Space 2
Try your hand at putting out a fire in this simulation. Learn how to safely and effectively use a fire extinguisher.

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) – Slips, Trips, Falls Simulator: Take A Walk on the Wild Side
Outdoor Space 2
Slips, trips and falls are a leading cause of home and workplace injuries. Retrain your brain for better balance and prevent falls by using our simulator to learn how to walk properly on uneven and slippery surfaces.

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) – Surveying: The World At Your Feet
Outdoor Space 2
Use survey equipment to measure angles, distances and find buried metal objects, such as property corner markers. See how our crews analyze and record location, distance and elevation of land to help design plans and maps for projects.

Bremik Construction — Come Build With Us!
Outdoor Space 12
Come learn what it’s like working in commercial construction and building/renovating some of Portland’s greatest buildings. We will also teach you how to build a small project that you can take home with you

CalPortland – Ready Mix Truck
Outdoor Space 22
Come learn about a day in the life of a Ready Mix Driver! Sit in the driver’s seat of our Ready Mix Truck and get a feel for the truck and its controls.

City of Portland Fire & Rescue – Be a Firefighter!
Outdoor Space 14
Try on some of the gear firefighters wear into a burning building, visit our Emergency Medical Services (EMS) station, use a charged firehose, and climb a ladder truck! Learn about our exciting careers!

Clackamas County – Keeping the Community Safe
Outdoor Spaces 24 & 25
Come explore our snow plow and CSI car and learn how we keep the roads safe and clear.

Cummins Inc. – Power Solutions
Outdoor Space 3
Complete power solutions! Explore diesel engines & generators! See how a diesel engine & generator work! Look inside an engine that is opened up internally, and learn how diagnostic equipment works on a fully-functioning engine. Find out how you can begin a career working with Cummins Inc. and help make people’s lives better by powering a more prosperous world!

Energy Trust of Oregon — Use the Power of the Sun!
Outdoor Space 33
Find out how you can harness the power of sunlight and use it to power a solar car around a tabletop racetrack with Energy Trust and CE. Clean Energy. Bright Futures. A program of Bonneville Environmental Foundation.

Food Services of America (FSA) – Experience “A Day in the Life” of a Delivery Driver
Outdoor Space 20
Explore a position that keeps you active and allows you to build new relationships. FSA provides a family culture with great pay and benefits. See what it takes to be a delivery driver, seeing new sights but allowing you to be home most days.

KEEN Utility
Outdoor Space 29
Our women’s work boots and work shoes will make those days a little easier, with quality construction and signature KEEN comfort. We have try-ons, prizes, giveaways, and will be showcasing our latest and upcoming styles.

Local 290 Plumbers & Steamfitters – Control Your Environment with HVAC/R
Indoors – Lab 2A
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.

Local 290 Plumbers & Steamfitters – Welding and Steamfitting
Indoors – Labs 2B & 3
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 toed shoes required.

Metro – Rock it as a Haz-Cat!
Outdoor Space 7
Try out your game as a Household Hazardous Waste Technician with Metro’s Property and Environmental Services Department. Be a part of our crew for a typical day. Learn how to put on personal protective equipment. Receive, sort and categorize hazardous waste (that’s why we are HazCats!). Identify the hazards of some familiar products in the lab using simple chemistry and math. Then safely pack, close, and move a 55 gallon drum through an obstacle course with a drum dolly. Finally, label and prepare a shipping manifest for your drum. Techs will be available to answer questions about roles, experience and the work environment.

Multnomah County Facilities and Property Management – Work a Day in the Life of a County Tradeswoman
Outdoor Space 21
Get a look inside a working trade van and see all of the tools and equipment it takes to maintain 140 county buildings.

NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center – Robots and Computer Programmed Solar Display
Indoor – Exhibit Hall A – 22
Come by and check out the newest tech that electricians are working with today. Robotics, Programmable Logic Controllers, and Solar Energy are just a few examples of newer tech that keeps Electricians on their toes.

NW College of Construction
Indoor – Room 14
Check out NW College of Construction’s Heavy Equipment Operators Simulators.

NAWIC Photo Booth
Indoor – Room 4
The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is hosting a photo booth! Try on some construction site gear and take a picture to share with your social networks.

NW Line JATC – Careers in Powerline Tree Trimming
Outdoor Space 9
Learn from a female trimmer how you can make good money and benefits by climbing and working with trees to maintain the safety of the public and power lines. Observe her climbing a tree using industry safety equipment and see if this career is for you!

Northwest Youth Corps – Cross-Cut Sawing
Outdoor Space 5
Have you ever used a saw so big that it takes two people to use? Come learn the art of crosscutting and cut your own log with a partner! Also learn about the training offered by the Northwest Youth Corps.

Operating Engineers Local 701, Goodfellow Bros., and Ness & Campbell Crane
Outdoor Space 28
Operate an excavator from a heavy equipment company. Watch a spider crane in action! Learn what it takes to have a career in heavy equipment operating!

OR & WA Glaziers, Architectural Metal, and Glass Workers and Benson Industries – Bond Glass with UV Light
Outdoor Space 31
Learn how to bond glass using UV Light and make a glass business card holder to take home. Other surprise activities will be waiting.

Portland General Electric (PGE) – Utility Work and Hot Sticks
Outdoor Space 1
Learn about the unique and intricate skills of the line worker trade! Use 100,000 voltage rated hot sticks on overhead power lines used to build and maintain high voltage electrical lines or experience an up close and personal look at a bucket truck.

Roofers and Waterproofers – Torch it! Melt it! Nail it!
Outdoor Space 13
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.

OR and SW WA Mason Trades- Bricklaying & Tilesetting with the OR & SW Washington Mason Trades Apprenticeship
Outdoor Space 6
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 Department of Transportation (ODOT) — Come Work in Transportation!
Outdoor Space 17
See what our survey crew, maintenance crews, landscape crew, bridge crew, and Incident Response all do on Oregon’s Highway Transportation system!

Oregon Laborers Apprenticeship – Leveling the Construction Field
Outdoor Space 26
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!

Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute and Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters – Climb to New Heights
Outdoor Space 23
Experience life as a Union Scaffold Erector. Climb to new heights as you look at the world from a Construction Worker’s perspective.

Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute – Dunk the PileDiver
Outdoor Space 23
Test your arm! Come on over and see if you have what it takes to put our underwater construction carpenters back in their place!

Pacific Northwest Ironworkers Local 29 JATC – Cutting Torch and Tying Wire
Outdoor Space 15
Learn from the Ironworkers how to weld, use a cutting torch, and tie wire. See what it takes to become an Ironworker!

Pacific Power – Surveying and Wiring
Indoor – Room 16
Come see the many sides of Pacific Power! Check out survey equipment and tools for logistics work, and try your hand at wiring and testing a panel.

Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) – Maintaining Connections
Outdoor Space 16
Our job is to connect people to the places they want to go. Our system of roads, sidewalks, bike lanes, transit and trails gets Portlanders from place to place easily, safely and sustainably. Stop by to meet some of the women from PBOT’s Maintenance Operations Group and learn more about career opportunities while being raised high up in a platform truck or operating a snow plow fitted to a dump truck.

Portland General Electric (PGE) – Utility Work and Hot Sticks
Outdoor Space 1
Learn about the unique and intricate skills of the line worker trade! Use 100,000 voltage rated hot sticks on overhead power lines used to build and maintain high voltage electrical lines or experience an up close and personal look at a bucket truck.

Portland Water Bureau – Main Break Simulation
Outdoor Space 8
Break down and reassemble a water meter; text 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.

R&H Construction – Custom Picture Frames
Indoor – Room 7
Build a picture frame and have your picture taken to use in your new frame!

ReBuilding Center – Deconstruction
Indoor – Lab 1B
Deconstruct a wall, while learning about recycling building materials to save the environment.

Sheet Metal Institute – Flower Pots
Indoor – Room 10
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
Indoor – Room 6
Use basic woodworking techniques to build a birdhouse with Skanska. This project is fun, straight-forward and you will be able to take you birdhouse home just in time for spring. Learn about exciting careers in construction at Skanska.

TriMet – Maintenance
Outdoor Space 4 & Lab 1A
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.

US Army Portland Recruiting Battalion – Walk the Plank
Outdoor Space 27
A team building exercise using lumber.

Washington County – Road Painting 101 & Park Ranger
Outdoor Space 19
Live hands on demonstration and ability to participate and experience sitting on the painting truck. Join two of our experienced female employees on the journey of road painting.

Washington County Sheriff — On Patrol
Outdoor Space 19
Check out our patrol car and talk to female officers about exciting jobs in law enforcement.