Foreman Focus Friday: Bryan Oguri

Oct 30, 2020 | Source: Hermanson Marketing | Foreman Focus Friday

A willingness to teach is what led Oregon Fitting Foreman, Bryan Oguri, to Hermanson one year ago and his teaching skills continue to benefit the apprentices and journeyman working with him.


Following his father’s lead, Bryan apprenticed with the Plumbers and steamfitters Local 290 right out of high school and was working as a Superintendent by the time he turned 27 years old. Beginning in 1999, he spent almost twenty years as a project manager before returning to field work in hopes of achieving a healthier work and family life balance.

A self-described workaholic, Bryan has also been teaching through Local 290 for the last ten years.  He covers steam and hydronics, safety, and soldering and brazing with first year apprentices.  In addition to technical skills, Bryan teaches soft skills including the importance of jobsite communication and the importance of treating others as you wish to be treated yourself.

It was this experience that led Oregon General Superintendent, John Nelson, to ask Bryan for assistance with an apprentice that needed help polishing their skillset.

Since then, Bryan has been working as General Fitting Superintendent on projects in Northern Oregon including the Astoria Schools, Tiger Woods Center, and the Portland Airport T-Core CRDC.  “Working on the Astoria Schools was particularly enjoyable,” notes Bryan, “It gave me the opportunity to work on my passion of boiler room design and build.” 

We are grateful for Bryan’s talents and the expertise he lends to both Hermanson projects and the training of our future Oregon workforce.