Starting in 1987 – under the leadership of then Coordinator David Dupuis – the NE Area Apprenticeship Program began annually acknowledging each Local Lodge’s most accomplished apprentice.
Each spring, we invite a representative from each Local Lodge to participate in a series of rigorous work-related tests. At the conclusion of the testing, both the highest scoring candidate and runner-up advance to the prestigious Boilermakers National Apprenticeship Contest.
Since our Contest inception, the NE Area has made the presentation of our top award in honor of the late John J. Harrington. John, who from 1969 – 1985 was employed as our Area’s first Apprenticeship Coordinator, was distinguished for his career-long dedication to teaching and training. It is our sincere hope that this special award serves as a remembrance and celebration of an individual whose life was unselfishly devoted to the labor movement.
For the 2019 edition, the Contest will be held at Local Lodge No. 154 in Pittsburgh, PA on June 3-7, 2019.