Dear Brothers and Sisters,
After working for Local 39 for many years, Training Director Steve Thomas will be moving on to enjoy a well earned retirement. We wish him well. Replacing Brother Thomas as Training Director will be Brother Tim Eggen. Tim has worked a number of years now for Local 39 and he understands the value of training to both our members and the employers. Brother Eggen is committed to maintaining a training department that will remain second to none. Along with the core courses, The Training Center is working to expand the course offerings to keep our members ahead of ever changing regulations and technology. I know that Brother Eggen welcomes your suggestions and comments on how to best meet your needs and enhance your job skills. The training center recently made some upgrades to our Hayward Training Center, including a smart board - all to better serve our members.
Plans are in place to utilize the welding booths in Hayward for our East Bay brothers and sisters. For the Fall Semester, The Training Department is offering a new class for cooling towers and water treatment (page 20). Your union has made a substantial investment into "Cooling Tower Trainers" for all of our training centers. Having these trainers at each of our centers allows us to provide real-time -- hands-on experience that is close and convenient to our members.
This semester also includes an updated variable air volume training seminar, to include DDC control operation (page 26). New this semester is Ice machine basics (page 23). As reported last time we added sixty new laptop computers to our Training Centers and the PLC courses are reaping the benefit. Requests for onsite training continue to rise and your Training Department has answered the call by tailoring onsite training to the site specific needs. Some of these courses are running full eighteen week duration as many of our employers see the benefits and commit the time and money to our engineers who work for them.
Our employer groups continue to recognize the value in hiring union engineers! Finally, I ask you to join me in congratulating the forty-eight recent Apprentice graduates on achieving the journeyperson status after four years of education and on-the-job training. Our new journeypersons are among the best and the brightest; however, as for all of us, training does not stop upon reaching journeyperson status, we must continue to update our skills throughout our careers and your Training Department is here to meet all of your training needs.
Business Manager / IUOE Vice President