300 hour Gladiator course completed by students from the Navajo Nation on May 29. The graduates will be going to work for Arizona and California contractors
California District Council Competitors
OUTSTANDING APPRENTICESHIP COMPETITION HELD AT THE FRESNO UNIVERSITY OF IRON
The California and Vicinity District Council Apprenticeship Competition was held at the Fresno Training Center, better known as the ‘University of Iron’ recently. 11 Apprentices from Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Diego, Los Angeles, Fresno, Sacramento and San Francisco competed for the opportunity to go to the next level of competition held in Toronto, Canada in September.
The competition covered all aspects of Ironwork including: Welding, Burning with Oxy Acetylene torch, Instruments, Architectural mock ups, Rigging, Rebar Tying and the Column climb. All competitors did a great job displaying their skills at this one day event. Delegates from the District Council looked on while 11 Apprentices tied rebar in a race for the most complete ties in one minute. Jan-Evander Baylon, Local 416, won the rebar tying contest. Apprentices then climbed the 35 foot high steel column for the best time, in a race to the top. Fastest column climb was by Local 416 apprentice Maxwell Svader. Jordan Howard, Local 75, earned highest points for Welding and David Dvorak, Local 229, earned highest points for using the torch that day.
The mission of the Field Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Journeyman Retraining Program is to ensure that our union ironworkers have the skills, knowledge and training necessary to be safe on the jobsite; competitive in the workplace; and satisfied in their careers.
We accomplish that mission by providing training and training materials, trained and experienced instructors and leadership in order to uphold union values and principles of service and professionalism.
The road to becoming a Journeyman Ironworker is through Apprenticeship Training. The Ironworkers Apprenticeship Program is a well organized and supervised method of training people, with little or no knowledge of the craft, to become Journeymen Ironworkers qualified in all segments of the Trade.