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UC Berkeley Job Listings

by Robbie Nash (eff 1/15/16) on 12/01/15

UC Berkeley is currently accepting applications for Regular Full-Time Plumber & Fitter positions at $44.40/hr. 

For more information or to apply:
  • Go to www.jobs.berkeley.edu
  • Click: Job Listings 
  • Click: External Applicants
  • Under "Basic Job Search" type PLUMBER into the "Keywords:" field and click: Search
  • To learn more about the position you are interested in, click on the "Posting Title"
  • Or, to Apply, click on "Apply Now"

08/2014 Alameda County Report - FITTERS

by Robbie Nash (eff 1/15/16) on 08/22/14

Greetings, I hope this summer is finding all of you in good health. The work outlook in Alameda County for the steamfitters has been picking up.  We had a lull in short calls over the past few months, but there are many projects that are now calling in for manpower.

Tesla Motors – S/X Expansion Upgrade Project is utilizing 4 of our contractors. OC McDonald has 9 members hired on for a portion of that project. SilMan Construction hired 342 member, Bob Kiser, to oversee the pipefitters at Tesla. They currently have 11 members employed on that project. Pacific Mechanical Corp. (PMC) continues their ongoing maintenance and new construction work at that facility. RAM Mechanical, from the central valley, checked-in with the business office in mid-July and are looking at doing some work on that project as well. At this time, they have only hired one member, but will hire approximately 5-6 more pipefitters.

ACCO has several projects being manned by UA Local 342. They have 9 members working at Delta AmericasHeadquarters in Fremont and 7 members at Apple in Newark for a tenant improvement. They are fabricating for both projects at their shop with manpower already on hand. ACCO also has a small project at Revance in Newark that is currently employing 2-3 UA 342 members and another small project at Tesla Motors. They were able to man both sites by transferring between jobs.

Murray Company has picked up some manpower from the hall for a small project in Hayward at the Intarcia Pharmaceuticals Facility. We have also been able to help out with apprentices and certified riggers for a project they are running in Local 467’s jurisdiction.

ICOM Mechanical has an Underground Storage Tank (UST) Project at Highland Hospital. They currently have 9 members working on that project.

Many members have inquired about the SEAGATE Project that THERMA has at the old SOLYNDRA Facility. They will begin hiring for manpower in the shop for fabrication early this month. Dispatching manpower for the site will not be until the late August/early September.

We would like to give a special thank you to all the members who took their time to get the OSHA 10 card, tube bending assessment test, and orbital welding certification. The business office will dispatch accordingly, based on the contractor requests for this project. If you do not have any of these certifications and still need to get them, you have time. Please contact Steve Apperson for OSHA 10 and the tube bending assessment and Steve Eckley for the orbital welding certification.  I would like to personally thank Steve Apperson, Steve Eckley, Mike Baptista, Steve Upton, and Bryan Baker for facilitating all of the current certifications that our members have achieved so far. 

See you all at the next union meeting.

05/2014 Alameda County Report - FITTERS

by Robbie Nash (eff 1/15/16) on 08/22/14

Therma has been awarded the Seagate Tenant Improvement Project in Fremont.  Demolition will begin the second week of May and they expect to hire around the second week of July.  Currently, they have enough manpower to facilitate the demo, so they will not be hiring for that portion of work.  This job should hire 30-40 of our members.  This is expected to be about a 10-month project.

As per our pre-job, the general contractor, Rudolf and Sletton, is requiring Therma to have all their employees be OSHA 10 certified. You must have the OSHA 10 certificate in order to be dispatched to this job.

It is also recommended that you get your orbital welding and tube bending certifications. Please call the Training Center at (925) 686-0730 to sign up for OSHA 10 and/or any other classes you are interested in. See you at the next meeting!

03/2014 Alameda County Report - FITTERS

by Robbie Nash (eff 1/15/16) on 08/22/14

So far, the 2014 construction climate has been slow coming out of the starting gate and while it seems that current trends could continue from a dismal showing of last year’s poor indication of work, the Business Office has some good news!

In an effort to locate more building space, memory device and disk giant, Seagate, bought the Solyndra facility in Fremont and now has plans for approximately $100 million in tenant improvement. A bid walk took place at the end of January with five of our signatory pipe contractors on the bid hunt. The Business Office should be hearing from one of those contractors in the coming weeks. We anticipate dispatching members in late March for Phase 1 – Demolition.

LAM Research in Fremont has a project on the books that estimates to be around $90 million. This project has not been awarded yet, but should take on 20-30 fitters at its peak. Look for future post(s) regarding this project.

I encourage our members to prepare themselves for all of the brazing activity and high purity work that is coming up. We urge you to enroll in a Tube-Bending or Orbital Welding Class offered at the Training Center so you can be ready. See Welding Coordinator, Steve Eckley, to sign up for the Orbital Welding Class and/or see Fitter Coordinator, Steve Apperson, to sign up for the Tube-Bending Class.

CURRENT PROJECT: The Safeway Milk Plant Manufacturing and Cold Storage Expansion Project in San Leandro is well underway. Shambaugh & Son has employed 30 of our members running a day and night shift. This project will go for about 2-3 months. The Business Office expects that they will achieve their completion date with the manpower they currently have.


Airco Mechanical of Sacramento will be performing some work at Merritt College at The Center for Science & Allied Health Building. The underground plumbing is expected to begin in mid to late March with 3-4 of our members beginning that work. It will be in the following weeks after the underground is complete that we should see some fitters on that project.  We expect the project will take approximately 8-10 Local 342 fitters.

Hellwig Mechanical has turned over a job to Hellwig Plumbing and Heating in Berkeley. The Civic Center Building and Public Safety Building is a small project that will be manned by 342 members already working for the company. It is possible they could hire 1-2 members.

CANADA WORK: Calls are coming in to Local 488 for pre-shutdown work to begin for the ACTIMS shutdown project. The actual shutdown is scheduled to start between mid-March and the first week of April. Local 488 expects to fill 450+ fitter calls and 150+ welder calls. UA Local 488 does assist the Boilermaker union with manpower, so it is possible you could be asked to fill one of those calls.

See you at the next union meeting.

01/2014 Fitter Report

by Robbie Nash (eff 1/15/16) on 01/17/14

Happy New Year to all members of UA Local 342! 2014 is upon us and we hope all of you had a wonderful Holiday Season.


As stated in previous reports, the East County Hall of Justice that was slated to be built in Dublin is awaiting its final round of funding.  We recently confirmed with Larry Booth, President of Frank Booth Incorporated, groundbreaking should be the end of the first quarter or beginning of the second quarter.  This job should take about 12 342 members.


Ray L. Hellwig Mechanical has started a four month project for the City of Berkeley at the Civic Center building and the Public Safety building.  This is a $2 million project and should take about six 342 members.


Airco Mechanical of Sacramento will begin a project for Merritt College at the Center for Science & Allied Health in Berkeley.  This project will last approximately 18 months and should take about 6-8 342 members.