Foreman Focus Friday: Wade Jarvis

Jul 21, 2017 | Source: Hermanson Marketing | Foreman Focus Friday

Wade Jarvis has always been interested in mechanical systems.

He started his career in Wyoming where he performed mine maintenance and gained valuable experience working on pumps and electrical systems. From Wyoming, he moved to Wichita and eventually settled in Washington where he began working in the mechanical construction field.

It was the company’s core values that brought Wade to Hermanson almost eleven years ago. While employed elsewhere, Wade was working long hours and on-call every other week. When his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, he made the move to Hermanson in search for a more family-focused company. He wasn’t disappointed. Once joining Hermanson, Wade met others whose families had been burdened with cancer and experienced first-hand what the core value ‘family matters’ truly means.

Wade’s wife of 34 years, Julie, has since beaten cancer. They spend their time on their 2.5-acre property in Maple Valley where Julie raises goats – 25 goats to be exact! Julie and Wade have two grown children, their daughter Josie, an occupational therapist, and their son Jake, who runs the fabrication shop at MacDonald Miller. Jake is the second Jarvis generation to join the mechanical trades!

As a plumbing foreman in Hermanson’s service department, Wade answers service calls from all over Western Washington. He has worked on projects as far south as Centralia, as far North as Marysville, and even spent some time in Port Angeles! He specializes in troubleshooting boilers and has extensive knowledge servicing and repairing pumps, but he enjoys working on anything mechanical - “I like the interesting challenges. Each project is like a puzzle that I get paid to complete!”

Wade is a Journeyman Plumber and an active member of the UA Local 32 – Seattle Area Plumbers and Pipefitters Union. He currently is an instructor with the union’s JATC program (Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee) where he teaches and mentors apprentice plumbers. As a teacher, he encourages his students to watch industry trends and to find their niche. He advises them to always consider the client’s needs first and always look for ways to help improve their systems.

Wade is a stellar employee, loyal co-worker, talented foreman, and Hermanson is lucky to have him! Thank you, Wade, for all of your hard work!


As a Journeyman Plumber, Wade brings to Hermanson over 30 years of experience and skill to our Service Department. Wade is a key component in making sure Hermanson clients receive the best quality and function from their mechanical systems.

Favorite Projects:

  • Vashon Island School District
  • Tahoma School District

Most important part of Wade’s job:
Safety- “The most important part of my job is returning home safe to my family at the end of every day. When working on boilers, you always want to keep the safety of yourself and others at the forefront of your mind. It can be very dangerous.”