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After the first year of college, Lou Christian began working as a shop boy for a local contractor in Springfield, Ore. He knew that he would need a regular paycheck in order to afford tuition at Lane Community College, where he was studying welding technology. Little did he know his experience on the job at such an early age earned him more than simply a paycheck. Lou worked alongside union plumbers and steamfitters who showed him how he can make a good career out of specialized construction work. Lou enrolled into the steamfitter apprenticeship two years later after completing his Associate of Science in Welding Technology Degree. His first job was at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., installing a heating system to a campus building. Lou started regularly attending Union Meetings after he was sworn in. He earned an Associate of Science in Apprenticeship Degree after completing his Steamfitter Apprenticeship. Lou had no idea what turns his newly started career that would span more than 38 years, allowing him to provide for his wife (Tina) and three children (Keith, Scott and Alexis), and work to improve the union for generations of plumbers and steamfitters would take.

Lou has experience working on projects throughout the West Coast and in North Dakota, Utah, and Pennsylvania. His resume includes work on paper mills, medical facilities, oil modules, manufacturing plants, commercial controls, shipyards, water filtration plans, nuclear power plants and even a space shuttle launch facility. To this day he continues working as a journeyman steamfitter for Harder Mechanical Contractors.

After seeing the benefits the union had on him and his family first hand, Lou committed himself to continuing the legacy by making the legacy even better for the next generation. Lou’s commitment to the movement and willingness to go the extra mile for his brothers and sisters made him an ideal choice for leadership positions. During his career, Lou has served as a member of the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC), Eboard, Vice President, President, Business Agent and Assistant Business Manager and Trustee for Local 290. Also served as President of the Lane Coos Curry Douglas Building Trades Council and Secretary / Treasurer of the Salem Building Trades Council. Lou has been trusted by so many because he is a tireless worker with a record that speaks for itself.

Lou’s strong work ethic can be attributed to the lessons he learned from his parents, his father was a union millwright at Weyerhaeuser and later a Minister, his mother was a school teacher. Both took great pride in their work and inspired Lou to do the same. The union tradition lives on in Lou’s family even today, as his son, Keith, forges his own path in the construction industry. Today, Keith works as a Journeyman Steamfitter.

In his free time, Lou enjoys spending time with his family and the outdoors. Hunting, fishing, and camping are all pastimes passed on to him by his grandfather who was a union heavy construction carpenter superintendent.


4 Year Apprenticeship             Salem, OR   Local #347/290

JATC Training                          Ann Arbor, MI

Suicide Prevention Training    Portland, OR

Organizer Training                  Seattle, WA                Sacramento, CA

28 yrs.  Journeyman Training             OSHA 10          C-Stop             Boiler license-Class 5



Job Steward    Foreman        General Foreman       Multiple Contractors



Salem Business Agent                        Asst. Training Coordinator                  Organizer



Executive Board          3 times                        UA Convention Delegate        2 times



Apprentice Interviewing         Grievance Committee            Contract Negotiation Committee

Disciplinary Committee          JATC Committee                     Salem Building Trades Committee

Building Committee               Drug Policy                             Barnes Group


Thirty years experience as a Steamfitter. Five years of Apprenticeship with local 290. Twenty Five years as a Journeyman Steamfitter with a state certified boiler license. Solid knowledge of Hi-Tech processes in the fabs, sub fabs, BCD rooms, AWN pits of many firms like Intel, Wafer Tech, Linear Tech, Etc. Solid knowledge of boiler systems, paper mills, tilt ups and high rise heating and cooling systems, pneumatic and electronic control systems. Three years as a Business agent for Local 290. An appointed Trustee on the Vacation, Education Reimbursement, and Pre Retirement fund for local 290.

A resourceful and result-oriented team player with integrity, professionalism and personal presence that earn respect and inspire cooperation. Possess excellent communication, interpersonal and decision-making skills together with a positive approach to problem solving.


Boiler installation – licensing is renewed every three years to keep up on current state codes. I have installed everything from fourteen story hog fuel boilers down to 250,000 BTU package boilers.

TWIC CERTIFICATION – to be able to enter any port or government property with pre qualification.

FIRST AID CERTIFIED – as a first responder.

PVDF CERTIFIED – ultra pure water systems, hot ultra pure water systems in the Semiconductor Industry.

INDUSTRIAL WASTE WATER MANAGEMENT – industrial waste management, its generation, possible treatment methods.

PNEUMATIC AND ELECTRIC CONTROLS – installed fire dampers and fire damper motors, damper motors and associated controls on air handlers thermostats for heating and cooling systems, VESDA piping and controls.

TUBE BENDING – ⅛ inch up to ¾ inch stainless steel, copper tubing bending as well as double contained tube bending of stainless steel systems.

REVIT CERTIFIED IN THE CAD DESIGN – able to read and navigate cad design drawings. Isometric drawings.


CHARTER MECHANICAL – Industrial Journeyman Pipefitter performing tool install tasks at Intel inside the fab and sub-fab.

MCKINSTRY – Installing boilers,piping and components pertaining to the HVAC process as a Foreman.

MURRAY COMPANY – Night shift General Foreman coordinating the installation of the CDA system and the testing of the system. The day shift General Foreman coordinating up to 44 people installing Laterals of all kinds for Intel at D1X, high purity to PVC drains to Bulk Chemical.

APOLLO MECHANICAL – tool install foreman at Intel.


TOTAL MECHANICAL – foreman installing HVAC PIPING SYSTEMS in muLti story condo buildings.

KINETICS – installing HVAC piping systems, also worked at SEH AMERICA installing high purity tubing.

More job History can be provided if necessary.


I enjoy spending time with my family at the mountain snowboarding and skiing. In my spare time I like to spend it on the golf course. I have recently acquired a interest in restoring old cars.


  • UA Trained Instructor
  • UA Local 290 Journeyman Steamfitter
  • State of Oregon Boiler class 5 license
  • State of Oregon Limited Energy tech- class b license
  • UA CFC Certification- Universal
  • UA 290 Crane Operators Card
  • First Aid/ CPR Certified
  • OSHA 10 Certified
  • UA Weld Certs (UA-18A, 51)
  • GF Certified IR Fuser (IR 225/315,110,63)


2013-Present – Supervisor, Apollo Mechanical, Portland, Oregon

2010-2013 – Supervisor, Charter Mechanical, Portland, Oregon

2009-2010 – Detailer, Kinetics Systems Inc., Portland, Oregon

2007-2009 – Refrigeration Installer, Key Mechanical Company, Portland, Oregon

2000-2007 – Instrument Mechanic, Harder Mechanical Company, Portland, Oregon


∙ 2000-2005 UA Local 290 apprenticeship Tualatin, Oregon


∙ United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices of the plumbing and pipefitting industry of the United States and Canada member in good standing since 2000