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30Th Annual Ironworker Instructors Training Program Expands Class Offerings


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Iron Workers flagship training program celebrates 30 years by offering eight new courses.

Washington (PRWEB) July 16, 2014

The 30th Annual Ironworker Instructors Training Program at Ann Arbor, Mich., presented in conjunction with the Iron Workers National Training Fund and Ironworkers Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT), is offering a host of new classes to Ironworkers, who will train to enhance their apprenticeship and journeyman training programs.

This years program includes eight new courses, covering topics ranging from structural, welding and advanced layout to leadership and contractor competitiveness: Advanced Layout and Total Station Training, Superintendent Training for Ironworkers, Bidding and Contractor Competitiveness, Precast Concrete Erection, Stainless Steel Welding and Certification, Oxy-Fuel and Plasma Cutting and Canadian Welding Bureau Inspector Level 1 Course.

Ensuring that we have qualified instructors with up-to-date knowledge and skills will help us continue to develop skilled ironworkers to meet the needs of our contractors and allow us to maintain our reputation as the most skilled, well-trained workforce in the construction industry, said Iron Workers General President Walter Wise.

In addition, IMPACT is sponsoring five offerings geared towards assisting employers and project managers in improving leadership and maximizing profits: Project Leadership & Project Management, Job Profits Program, Getting Paid, Bidding To Win, and Building Information Modeling For Field Use. Sixty-five students registered for these contractor-specific courses, maxing out registration for the classes.

"This top flight contractor training sharpens our contractor's pencils and makes them more competitive. I'm pleased to see IMPACT deliver this world class training," said Bill Brown, President and CEO of Ben Hur Construction.

The program was first offered in 1985 to advance the knowledge of ironworker instructors, as well as owners, employers, apprenticeship coordinators and business managers. Starting with only 83 participants in eight different courses, the program has now grown to include over 600 people enrolled in 50 courses. The program, hosted at the campuses of Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College and the University of Michigan, will run through July 19th.

About the Iron Workers Union: The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers (IABSO&RIW) was founded in 1896 in Pittsburgh, Penn. They now represent more than 125,000 Ironworkers throughout the United States and Canada. The IABSO&RIWs mission is to improve the working conditions of its members while promoting constructive relationships with their employers to increase work opportunities.

About IMPACT: The Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT) is an independent labor-management partnership designed to create work opportunities in the North American ironworking industry. Our primary mission is to provide a forum for Ironworkers and signatory contractors to discuss effective strategies to expand job opportunities through innovative labor-management cooperative programs. IMPACT provides expertise in training, construction.

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