Twenty-two Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees will receive journeyman certification during a celebration hosted by the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District. The workers have completed a demanding four-year training program that qualifies them for journey-level crafts or machinist positions in the Lab's Plant and Mechanical Engineering departments. They were selected for the program from 3,000 applicants.
A dinner will be held for the graduates and their spouses, program managers and instructors at 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, at Cattleman's Restaurant in Livermore.
Receiving certificates will be: Lyle Calley, Chris DePrater, Jesse Herrera, Anthony Pitman and Jarnett Searcy (air conditioning mechanics); Armando Ferraris, Dana Jacobs, Johnny Ramirez, and David Soria (carpenters); Helen Deaguero, Seth Dunham, Ron Jones, Eric Klopp, Angel Luna, Matthew Parker and Andrew Villa (electricians); Paul Alexander and Jason Carroll (machinists); Adolfo Carrasco and James Westbrook (plumbers/pipefitters) and Steve Campbell and Justin Potts (sheet metal workers).
The program provides entry-level apprentices with on-the-job training and Related Supplemental Instruction (RSI) leading to the experience needed to acquire the necessary skills to become a journeyman in a chosen occupation. Participants receive college credit RSI conducted at the Laboratory, local community college campuses and selected state colleges.
The LLNL Apprenticeship Program began as a machinist apprentice program in 1954, shortly after the Lab was founded. Soon after, the program joined the California Department of Apprenticeship Standards and expanded to include additional trade titles and crafts. Over the years, some 200 people have graduated from the program, including a number of the Lab's Plant and Mechanical Engineering supervisors.
The current Apprentice Program is operated in partnership with the Laboratory's Unilateral Apprenticeship Committee, the California Department of Apprenticeship Standards and the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District. For more information about the program, contact Doug Murdock at (925) 422-9338.
Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has a mission to ensure national security and to apply science and technology to the important issues of our time. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is managed by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.