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During the month of May we will feature the stories of some of the talented and dedicated women in trades at the Portland Water Bureau.
Many of these women volunteer for the annual Women in Trades Career Fair, produced by Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. on May 14. This interactive fair encourages middle and high school girls and women to explore the possibility of a future career in the trades.
For more than 13 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.
“The Portland Water Bureau is a great place to work and build a career. I am proud that we have steady participation in the Women in Trades Career Fair, which strengthens our future workforce,” said Michael Stuhr, Water Bureau Administrator.
Thank you to the professional and talented women in the Water Bureau who have dedicated their career to the trades.
Get to Know the Portland Water Bureau Tradeswomen
Wanda was a Seasonal Worker for Portland Parks before becoming an Apprentice Utility Worker for the Water Bureau in 2001. She is now a Utility Worker II. Wanda has a commercial driver’s license and operates six- and 12-yard dump trucks. She is learning to locate water mains and operate a backhoe. Wanda was on the Water Bureau’s tapping team for American Water Works Association (AWWA).
Joy previously worked at Ready Made Barricades Inc. She became a Utility Worker Apprentice II for the Water Bureau in 2003 and before she finished her apprenticeship, she applied to become a Water Operations Mechanic. She is a crew leader and runs her own crew. She is also a trainer for new employees. Joy was on the Water Bureau tapping team for American Water Works Association (AWWA).
Colette was a Water Bureau intern in 1992 in the landscaping department and went to work at Portland Parks in 1993 as a Maintenance Worker and then a gardener. In 1997, she became a Utility Worker II at the Maintenance Bureau and was in the Labor Pool. She worked in street cleaning, structures, night ops. and traffic. Colette has a commercial driver’s license and has operated six- and 12-yard dump trucks, sweepers and flushers. She has also filled in as a Public Works Supervisor I. In September 2006, she came back as an Engineering Tech 1 which is called a Utility Locator at the Water Bureau. Colette locates all of our water mains and water services in the field.