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Apr 30, 2021 | Source: Hermanson Marketing Foreman Focus Friday

For Pipefitting Foreman Benji Aguilera, working in the building trades has been a family tradition. Benji’s grandfather was an electrician and his uncle a millwright, so after high school Benji enrolled in the welding program at Oregon's Linn-Benton Community College.   At Linn-Benton, Benji earned his Associates Degree in welding technology and began working as a pipe fitter/welder in 2011. He joined Local 290 in 2017 and has spent time working on industrial projects including local papermills and chemical plants before being hired by Hermanson as a Pipefitting Foreman in 2019.   Benji began his Hermanson tenure at the University of Oregon KCASI project,... Read More


Feb 26, 2021 | Source: Hermanson Marketing Foreman Focus Friday

After 44 years working as a pipefitter, Curtiss Corkum is retiring next month.   “It is time to pass the torch to the next generation of craftworkers” says Curtiss. “I have enjoyed mentoring upcoming apprentices and preparing them for the continuing shift from pneumatic to electronic controlled mechanical systems.”  Coming from a family of union pipefitters including his father and three brothers, Curtiss will be passing the torch on to his own son who also works for Hermanson at the Main Pipe Shop. Curtiss’ own journey began in 1977, at Todd Shipyard as a Marine Pipe Fitter Helper on frigates after signing up... Read More


Jan 29, 2021 | Source: Hermanson Marketing Foreman Focus Friday

Like the pull of the Death Star tractor beam, Hermanson Plumbing Foreman Noel Burbridge has felt the tug of a career in plumbing all his life. Both Noel’s father and uncle were plumbers and he spent summers helping on jobsites.    Noel enjoys being a part of a construction team and says it would be difficult to think about doing anything other than construction. He particularly likes working for a full mechanical contractor like Hermanson where every craft worker is contributing to the success of a project. After 20 years in the industry, as a Foreman Noel finds himself answering more questions than... Read More


Nov 20, 2020 | Source: Hermanson Marketing Foreman Focus Friday

For Fabrication Foreman, Tina Dannewitz, shifting her first love of fashion design to sheet metal fabrication was an easy transition.  “Watching sheets of metal being molded and formed into functional pieces is highly satisfying—sheet metal is now my design medium,” says Tina. After studying fashion design and working twenty years in the food service industry, Tina took a friend’s advice, finished ANEW’s pre-apprenticeship program, joined Local 66, and was dispatched to Hermanson in 2013.  Except for her apprenticeship rotation, Tina has worked at Hermanson ever since.  Tina runs the assembly department at Hermanson’s Kent fabrication shop where you will find her managing... Read More