Introducing Bob McAndrews: New Journeylevel Trainer, Carpenters Training Committee for Northern California (CTCNC)
The oldest son of a framing contractor, Bob McAndrews has pretty much done construction work for his entire life. Early tasks included nailing sheathing on floors and roofs ("flat finish"), teco nailing and packing studs. High school brought a promotion—to the Comet Radial Arm Saw.
McAndrews joined the Carpenters Apprenticeship Program in 1968 in Inglewood, California. At the same time he was working on a degree in English, first at El Camino Community College, then graduating from San Jose State University in 1975.
He earned an elementary teaching credential in 1975, and left the world of work boots and lunch pails to teach fifth grade for three years… which was enough and went back to "outdoor work" in 1978.
After an active period in the field as a journeyman, foreman and superintendent for various contractors, including C.L. Peck, Dinwiddie, PCL and Sully-Milleras, McAndrews got the opportunity to combine teaching with construction.
In 1986, he got a full-time instructor position in the Southern California Carpenters training system, teaching both apprentices and journeymen, as well as serving as a UBC "Master Trainer" at the UBC International Training Center (ITC) in Las Vegas.
In 1996, McAndrews was appointed District Coordinator for the Sylmar Training Center in Southern California, overseeing 1000 Carpenter and related-trade Apprentices and Staff.
In 2001, while balancing family commitments, McAndrews took an early retirement from Southern California, and began teaching part time at community colleges and consulting on apprenticeship matters with various cities and community-based organizations.
In 2008, seeking a change of direction, he successfully interviewed for, and accepted a position as a CTCNC Carpenter Apprenticeship Instructor.
At this time, CTCNC is pleased to announce the introduction, and addition of Robert "Bob" McAndrews as a new Journeylevel Trainer (JT) to our staff.
As you have always done with all of our Journeylevel Trainers in the past, please welcome McAndrews and give him an opportunity to demonstrate that he can help you out.