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.
Local 229 recognizes two for their outstanding contributions
Local 229 and the District Council recently recognized Mr. Mike Platter and Mr. Joe Blair for their outstanding contributions to the Apprenticeship. Both men have been instrumental in securing donations of tools, machinery, and materials from the decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station North of San Diego. With help from the Apprenticeship many items have been secured from the plant and in turn been distributed throughout the District Council to be used at the various training centers.
Joe Blair began his career in Phoenix AZ at Local 75 in 1977. He transferred into Local 229 in 1987. Joe was elected President of Local 229 and has served for two terms. He has also served on the Executive Board and Examining Board. Joe has worked at all aspects of the trade as an ironworker, foreman, and general foreman and is currently a job steward. Joe enjoys riding his Harley Davidson and walking in his spare time.
Mike Platter began his ironworking career in 1975. He became an instructor with Local 229 in 1996. Mike has worked at all phases of the trade as an ironworker, foreman, and general foreman. He has served on the Executive Board and attended the Ironworkers Convention in 2006. Mike is currently retired and when he isn’t helping at the new apprenticeship training center he is enjoys traveling, golf, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Joe Blair, Business Manager Johnny Galvan, Mike Platter, Business Agent James Alvernaz, Apprenticeship Director Dick Zampa
Ironworker Apprenticeship Opportunity in the Bay Area
IRONWORKERS REINFORCING GLADIATOR COURSE
MANDATORY ORIENTATION Click on the link for dates and to download the flyer. ALL EVENTS WILL BE HELD AT THE IRONWORKERS TRAINING FACILITY LOCATED AT 3150 BAYSHORE ROAD, BENICIA, CA. 94510
It is time to think about competing in the 2016 Local, District Council, and International Apprenticeship Competition. Watch for an announcement from your Apprenticeship Coordinator inviting you to compete.
The competition is held every two years. To compete, you must be an apprentice in the year of the competition. Successful competitors will compete in the International Apprenticeship Competition. In 2016 the competition will be held in Houston Texas on September 29th and 30th. The District Council competition will be held in San Diego at the new training facility on April 21st.
Check with your Apprenticeship Coordinator to find out when your local competition is scheduled. Successful competitors can win prizes, and make life long ironworking friends and connections.
2014 District Council Competitors
Attention Foremen, Contractors, and Company Owners!
Superintendent Training for Ironworkers is now available.