Local 1 Oregon Hosts Western States Apprenticeship Contest
Journal: May - June 2001
Thirty-eight bricklayer and tilesetter apprentices competed for prizes and bragging rights Saturday, May 26 at the Fifty-First Annual Western States Brick and Tile Apprenticeship Contest. To qualify, finalists from five western states placed either first or second in their Local competitions.
Apprentices had five and a half hours to build a project from a design given to them a month before the contest. Bricklayers constructed a rectangular brick base with a brick arch. Tilesetters constructed a shower, creating a backwall of 4”x 4” tile and trim pieces and a floor of 2”x 2” tile sloping to a drain.
“The object of this contest is to judge the apprentices on the quality of their work,” said John Mohlis, Business Manager of BAC Local 1 Oregon, the host of this year’s contest. “We want to see how well the apprentices build the project rather than how fast they build it.”
There were a total of 216 brick and 12 block in the brick project. The tile project had 100 pieces on the wall, and a 3’x3’ mud floor covered by 2”x2” floor tile. First, second, and third place contestants were awarded cash prizes, levels, and trophies.