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Water Bureau Career Opportunities Showcased at Women in Trades Career Fair

By Lindsay Wochnick

Women in the Trades Career Fair Women in the Trades Career Fair

Each year, the Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. produces an interactive, three-day fair that encourages middle and high school girls and women to explore the possibility of a future career in the trades.

Women in the Trades Career Fair Women in the Trades Career Fair

For over 12 years, women from the Portland Water Bureau have been a key part of this unique event with the goal of promoting and supporting the advancement and employment of women in the trades.

“Participating in the Women in Trades Career Fair is one way that we can help strengthen our future workforce. The fair offers participants a glimpse at the skilled jobs, advancement opportunities, and benefits available at the Water Bureau.”


David Shaff, Water Bureau Administrator

Back in May 2015, volunteer tradeswomen from the Water Bureau staffed an exhibit at the fair to provide information on how to get involved in the utility trade through apprenticeship, community college training, and entry-level work.

The tradeswomen showcased apparatus and tools used in the field to repair water main breaks and leaky pipes. Participants also had the opportunity to learn to do a live tap, repair a main break, take chlorine samples, and manipulate a small crane.

For more information about the yearly fair and the Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., organization, visit


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