JJ began his apprenticeship with Local 16 in Portland, Oregon in the summer of 1998 and completed it in 2003. He started teaching night classes and took instructor training classes with the ITI as soon as he became a journeyman. Over the next several years, he took numerous classes with the International Training Institute, including TAB teaching, OSHA 500, and Service Instructor levels 1 through 4. In 2007, he was hired to be a full-time instructor for Local 66 JATC. JJ has a bachelor’s degree in Labor Education, OSHA Authorized Construction trainer, Fire Life Safety instructor, EPA universal card, and Hoisting/Rigging instructor. He has been married for 14 years and has three children.