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June 20, 2019
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    Going to the Grammy Awards

    Nick Dumas, son of long time Boilermakers Local 104 member Rick Dumas, has been nominated for a Grammy, Link to the Article below. Good Luck, Nick!

    Lake Union Drydock puts on a Christmas Lunch

    Lake Union Drydock in Seattle put on a Lunch for the members and handed out gifts for Christmas this year. It is good to see Companies doing these sorts of things for the members. Local 104 would like to thank all the members at Lake Union Drydock for your hard work and commitment to craftsmanship. Local 104 would also like to thank Lake Union Drydock for their commitment to our members and the partnership that has resulted. Happy Holidays!

    Brother Stew Roy- Retiree

    Brother Steve Behling presenting Brother Stew Roy with his retiree Jacket. Brother Stew Roy was a member of Boilermakers Local 104 for 40 years! Stew also recieved his 40 year pin at the meeting. Best to you Brother Roy!

    Future Work Opportunities - Orbis

    Brothers and Sister Boilermakers,

    There are two different forms you need to fill out in order to get things moving. The first is a very simple form that asks for basic information, (name, address, phone number, etc) Download that form HERE, and proceed to print, fill it out, and return it to Local 104 by either stopping by the Hall, or sending it to us at 2800 1st Ave, Suite 220 Seattle WA 98121. You can even email it to me at if that’s more convenient. This form is the start of the process and allows Orbis to get started on the process of getting you security clearance for these job sites.

    The second form, which can be found HERE, Is a much more detailed form. This form you will not turn in to me or anyone else. It is essentially a cheat sheet for the information you will be required to have in order to apply for the security clearance. Download and print the form, and fill it out as you acquire the information, as some of it will likely take you some time to find. This form will be used as your information sheet as you fill out the online portion. It will essentially be an information transfer from the physical sheet you have in hand, to an online version of that form. It just helps make the process faster. I understand that while looking at the second form it may seem as though filling out this extensive information will be tedious and in some cases difficult, but just know that you have people here to help you and make it as easy as possible.

    Once you have all this information gathered you can contact Bill McDonald at Orbis and he will help you one on one in person to fill out the online version of the security application. 

    Bills contact information is as follows:

    Bill McDonald


    Office: 360-502-7040/ Mobile: 360-535-0335

    This is no small matter and will greatly benefit by way of opportunity all who are approved for this clearance. The security clearance is good for 15 years! I encourage everyone to participate in this if you are even slightly interested and you dont have any disquallifying conditions (felonies, etc). If you have any questions you can call me at (206)623-6473

    Good Luck Sisters and Brothers!

    Below is a letter from Bill explaining the situation.


    Puget Sound Naval Shipyard:


    ORBIS is one of five companies that won a five year Touch Labor contract with PSNS & IMF to provide mechanics for up to 20 different trades. ORBIS will compete for task orders that will be issued throughout the contract period and we  expect to win our share of the work.

    ORBIS is a subcontractor with General Dynamics Electric Boat (GD-EB) in Kittery, Maine at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNS). We are providing up to 40 Union Journey Mechanics per day for this ongoing nine month contract. This  same alteration will be scheduled by GD-EB on other ships at other shipyards. ORBIS expects to compete for this work  and continue its working relationship with GD-EB. Over the past three years, ORBIS has executed over 200,000 hours of  trade labor at PNS. An additional staffing option is for Union Mechanics to travel to other Shipyards if the local unions  are unable to support the work. Travel and per diem reimbursement would apply for those who are selected to travel.

    ORBIS is also currently partnering with GD-EB in the Puget sound area at PSNS & IMF in Bremerton. We are executing a four month contract providing trade supervisors to GD-EB. Originally, GD-EB was looking to hire up to 100 Union Journey Mechanics from multiple trades through ORBIS. Unfortunately, one of the GB-EB sister companies had a work  slowdown and their mechanics were sent to Bremerton to execute this work. However, the GB-EB work at PSNS & IMF will continue for the next several years and they are very receptive to hiring the local, skilled Union Workforce. This is an  awesome opportunity for our union employees in the Bremerton, Washington area!

    To get this work for our local Union Mechanics, ORBIS needs help with the following:

    * Continue to let your members know about ORBIS and these long term work opportunities
    * Encourage your members to begin working on their security clearance applications now so that they will be able  to get this work when it becomes available.
    * Acquiring an Interim Security Clearance can take up to six months but is good for 15 years.

    Bill McDonald

    ORBIS, Inc
    North West Industrial Services Manager
    Office: 360-502-7040/Mobile: 360-535-0335

    Training Courses

    Boilermakers Welding and Training Courses.

    September 21, 2017

    Tube Welding with SMAW and GTAW: Develops knowledge and skills required to weld two-inch diameter mild steel pipe in the 6G position using the gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) and (SMAW) processes. (70s root and 7018 fill and cap)

    SS Tube and Pipe Welding: Develops knowledge and skills required to weld SS tube and large diameter Pipe in 2G, 5G and 6G positions.( purge, walking the cup, TIG all the way out)

    9 Chrome Pipe Welding: Provides practice for advanced welders to upgrade his/hers skills for welding 9 Chrome on the job. 2G and 5G positions, with preheat and 100% purge. This type of welding is mostly required on building new and repair old HRSG’s and other critical parts of boiler. (90sB2 root and 9018/9015 fill and cap)

    Tube Welding using Body System (Dutchmen): Develops knowledge and skills required to weld two-inch diameter mild steel tube placed in the panel (water wall). This type of welding is necessary when doing repairs or installing new water walls, floor tubes or roof tubes in the boilers.  (70s root and 7018 fill and cap)

    Copper Nickel Pipe Welding: Provides practice and skill for advanced welders to become proficient in Copper/Nickel welding process on Pipe and Tube. This Welding process been in demand mostly in shipbuilding and its growing into other industries.

    Tube removal, installation and rolling: Develops knowledge and skills required to remove or extract the tube out of the tube sheet or a drum and be able to install the new tube and roll to specific requirements.

    Dual shield Welding: Advanced welding skills to enhance the ability to put down sound cosmetically acceptable welds in all positions. In both Stainless and carbon steel weld processes.

    Basic Blueprint reading and fundamentals: Develops knowledge and skills required for every journeyman and apprentice to read and completely understand blueprints/Drawings and be able to build or construct from prints and drawings. Proper use of a tape measure and understanding measurements.

    Basic fabrication and layout: Develops knowledge and skills required to fabricate complex parts and make layout for inserts and different shape cutouts. (Field and shipyard)

    Basic torch skills and Flushing including heat straightening: Develop the knowledge and skills to properly utilize hand torches, track burners and flushing bevels on plate and other various materials.

    O.S.H.A. 30: Comprehensive safety program designed for anyone involved in the construction and fabrication industry.

    Rigging training: Raising the knowledge levels of all Boilermakers, the Rigging Program highlights the hazards associated with rigging on job sites while providing pre-job training to qualified Boilermakers. Classes consist of four (4) modules, spanning three (3) eight-hour days that supplement BNAP training and allows for journeymen upgrading.

    Stewards training and Internal Organizing: Teaches conflict resolution and jurisdiction disputes. Stewardship role on the job. Constitution of Boilermakers Union. How to handle grievances. Promoting Solidarity and unionism. By-Laws, Labor Laws.

    Union culture and Boilermakers Creed: Learning the culture and history of Boilermakers Union. Importance of union and membership role in the Union. The Boilermaker Code provides direction for building a workforce that is highly skilled, safety-trained and responsible.

    In the Portland Area, call the Union hall to sign up at 503-288-5295.  In the Seattle area contact the Apprentice and Training Center at 206-654-4707 Minimum 10 people required to schedule the class.

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