Participants lined up to take part in the main break simulation led by tradeswomen from the Portland Water Bureau at the annual Women in Trades Career Fair, produced by Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., last weekend. 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.
Young girls and adult women suited up in rain ponchos, boots and other safety gear to learn about the real work that talented and dedicated tradeswomen at the Portland Water Bureau perform every day.
“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.
Many Portland Water Bureau employees attended with their daughters, who gained first-hand experience by jackhammering with the Bureau of Maintenance, climbing a ladder with Portland Fire and Rescue and climbing utility poles with Portland General Electric.
For more information about this successful event, please visit http://www.tradeswomen.net/fair/. To get to know tradeswomen at the Portland Water Bureau, check out these past blog articles here, here, and here.