Congratulations to the IBEW Hour Power 2016 Journeyman Mentor of the Year is Scott Wein!

As a third generation union electrician, journeyman blood runs deep in Scott’s family. Growing up, he always knew what he wanted to be, but Scott has taken the term “journeyman mentor” and truly made it his own. Although he has only been a journeyman for 8 years, Scott is already one of the leaders at IBEW Local 617. Apprentices and local leaders alike turn to Scott for advice, a helping hand, and everything in between.

Congratulations, brother! And thank you for being a perfect example of the IBEW brotherhood and what it means to be a Journeyman Mentor.

 

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IBEW Hour Power 2016 Journeyman Mentor of the Year

Our 2016 Journeyman Mentor of the Year is Scott Wein. He is a Journeyman from Local 617 in San Mateo, California. As a third generation union electrician, journeyman blood runs deep in Scott’s family.

Scott Wein: Journeyman of the Year, IBEW Local 617

“At a young age I got interested in the trade. My grandfather owned a small union electrical shop in Texas. At a young age I was always cleaning up shop and picking up wire nuts and it was always fascinating. Then growing up around my father and his friends he ran around with were also journeyman were all men of character. They worked hard and played hard and that was appealing to me. It’s one thing to do the work but another to conduct yourself in a manner that is cohesive to the union and to forward the movement.”

Scott turned out in 2009 and having been a journeyman eight years he was surprised to receive this award.

Scott Wein: Journeyman of the Year, IBEW Local 617

“I felt undeserving, overwhelmed and it still feels even sitting here like it doesn’t sink in. The only people I called were my parents and my grandmother. It’s really overwhelming to be considered by even one person, let alone a large group.

But those that know Scott weren’t surprised at all.

Guillermo Rocha: Journeyman, IBEW Local 617

“He has a big influence on all the apprentices, he’s well loved. Everybody knows Scott. Not only the apprentices does he have an influence on but the Journeyman too. I learn things from him. He curves me. He curves me in the right direction.

Teena Wein: Scott Wein’s Wife, Administrator at IBEW Local 617

“If you ask him to do something, anything. He is always always there and always makes it a point to help anybody who needs it.”

Patrick Gallagher: Journeyman, IBEW Local 617

“People try to steer themselves towards someone like Scott because he’s knowledgeable, he’s got a good personality and very accepting of everybody.”

Paul Wein: Scott’s Dad, Journeyman Electrician

“He’s able to learn and listen and has the compassion of the IBEW, he cares about what he does, he’s very passionate about what he does. He’s a good son. He has always helped me and always been there when I needed him.”

David Muaro: Business Manager, IBEW Local 617

“He’s very involved and cares so much about the local. He has even tuned me up a couple times about how to be a union brother.”

When asked what kind of mentors Scott had himself…he said it wasn’t necessarily one person, but all people that carry certain traits in the trade.

Scott Wein: Journeyman of the Year, IBEW Local 617

“A lot of people on the job are mentors but I always gravitated towards the people that wanted to do the right thing. The people that would say what was wrong when it was wrong and let people know when it was right. The people that took safety and quality seriously, they were all my mentors.”

Scott says no question is ever a dumb question and he wants to always take the time to help.

Scott Wein: Journeyman of the Year, IBEW Local 617

“First I just try to make them feel comfortable and that I am there for them. I might not always give them the right answer but the best thing they can have is a couple of really good resources and a couple of really good people to talk to. If they can tap into those every time they struggle they can tap into that and form a really good plan.”

Justin Olsen: 1st Year Apprentice, IBEW Local 617

“He sees me as he sees himself when he was an apprentice. He relates to that and knows what worked well for him and he brings that back to me. We are the future of this local and he wants to make sure we are taught well.”

David Rupp: 4th Year Apprentice, IBEW Local 617

“I watched him interact with other apprentices on the job and it was the same thing. He never turned his nose up or turned his back. He would give you the time of the day, look you dead in the eyes, and give you the advice you needed and sit there and look at you. That doesn’t go unnoticed. Everyone saw it on the job.”

Michael Goncalves: 4th Year Apprentice, IBEW Local 617

“Honestly the first time I made a mistake at work I kind of got scolded for it but he had my back. That brotherly love, I’ve never got that from anyone in the trade except the most similar kind was when I was in the marine corp. That kind of mentor personality he has it’s hard to be duplicated outside of the military. Just because that’s hard to duplicate but he has that kind of personality that’s it just like whoa that can’t be taught.”

David Rupp: 4th Year Apprentice, IBEW Local 617

“I was going through some things with the apprenticeship, some personal stuff. I pulled him aside one night when we were doing some phone banking and he was there. He listened. We were sitting in the parking lot in November and it was freezing. He was jiggling! But he gave me the time of day; he just gave me advice, sound advice and was able to talk to.”

Outside of work, Scott is an all around family man. He has an 18-year-old daughter named Charlie and got married in 2005 to his wife Teena. They met at Local 617 where she also works as an administrative assistant.

Scott Wein: Journeyman of the Year, IBEW Local 617

“She was at my graduation night. My 5th year. I said why don’t you come and have a beer with me and my dad to celebrate. She came that night and shot pool with my dad and I and had a couple of beers and the rest is history, I’ve wanted to be next to her ever since.”

Teena Wein: Scott Wein’s Wife, Administrator at IBEW Local 617

“Scott as a husband is amazing, that’s actually an understatement. He’s an all around family man so he’s always checking in on his parents and his grandma in Texas. He’s very sensitive, he has the biggest heart. The guys see him on the job and Scott is very passionate about what he does. He cares so much about electrical work and the IBEW as a whole.”

Scott is also on the executive board at this Local, but that’s just one of the many things he does.

David Muaro: Business Manager, IBEW Local 617

“He takes on other stuff, like EWMC, RENEW, if you ever need a volunteer Scott is always there to help out. We had a Halloween party for kids and Scott was the leader helping out. He wasn’t even asked, he just showed up! He will help out with anything. He’s one of my go to guys. Been that way for a while now. I rely on Scott a lot. He does a LOT.”

And even with all he has achieved…many believe it’s just the beginning. And when asked what Scott sees in his own future?

Scott Wein: Journeyman of the Year, IBEW Local 617

“Just to be a great journeyman wireman and learn how to do the best job of what position I’m in. If something more would come my way it would be a blessing and if not I really enjoy just installing electrical work.”

Congratulations to our 2016 IBEW Journeyman Mentor of the Year, Scott Wein!

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Erica McClaugherty

Erica McClaugherty joined the IBEW Hour Power team in 2015 and has been traveling around the United States and Canada ever since, bringing the stories of hard working IBEW brothers and sisters to life.

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