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Foreman Focus Friday: Daryl Owens

August 25th 2017

Daryl Owens is a 4th generation UA hand.


Daryl’s great grandfather was a steam fitter in Nebraska, his Grandfather a Local 32 Plumber and King County Plumbing Inspector, and his father is a retired Local 32 plumber. After helping out at the family plumbing shop as a youth, he decided he would follow in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps and carry on the family tradition. Daryl explains, “I could see that the plumbing trades offered more than just a good income. In this industry, you have the ability to do anything that you set your mind to - from field labor to running work, to project management, design and detailing, company owner or construction law.”

As a Hermanson Plumbing Foreman, Daryl has the opportunity to work on a variety of interesting projects, each with its own new set of plans and unique challenges. Of his favorite projects are the University of Washington Bothell Discovery hall / STEM Building and Microsoft Building 83 in Redmond. Discovery Hall offers UW Bothell students access to everything from 3D printing to full-on clean rooms. The Building 83 project was mostly standard office workspace, but the center attraction was the build out of the food service area for Microsoft employees. This space has become the new standard for all future Microsoft cafeterias and the building itself is showcased to Microsoft employees around the globe. Daryl credits the success of these projects to the professional crew of Hermanson plumbers, fitters and sheet metal workers.

Daryl’s advice to other Foremen, Journeymen, and apprentices in the mechanical construction industry is this: “Always push to learn something new every day. Take the time to build friends in the trade and surround yourself with the type of people that you want to be like. Not only will this allow you to make it to the next level, but it will also help keep you safe on site! Most importantly, there is no such thing as a dumb question. If you do not know or you are unsure, just ask! There is a wealth of knowledge here at Hermanson and we are all eager to help.”

Thanks Daryl!


Daryl raised his three children (now grown) on his own as a single father. “They have found their way in the world, and I am quite proud of them.”

Daryl’s career in the trade has allowed him to follow his lifelong dream and passion for automobile racing. In his free time, Daryl spends his time designing, building, and racing many different vehicles.