Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust

Expanding Job Opportunities for Ironworkers and their Contractors

Just wanted to say that Mark, Michael and Stuart from FMI and Trevor from PWC did an excellent job engaging the classroom in discussion each day, and had a great program format for teaching. The information they brought forward was extremely useful now as I'm sure it will be throughout my career. This was only my 2nd IMPACT course that I have attended, I would like to commend IMPACT on organizing these events for Ironworkers and contractors alike, IMPACT always put on an amazing program, and does a very good job at making these events comfortable and welcoming to attend. I plan to attend more IMPACT events as the information is always very useful and IMPACT does a great job of finding the right instructors for the occasion. I would like to thank everyone at IMPACT for the work they do to set these events up and providing the opportunity to attend these courses.


Jacob Wicks
Chief Estimator
JCT Metals Inc.



Skilled Ironworkers in High Demand


Construction across the U.S. and Canada is booming, raising demand for qualified workers to fill the gap left by retiring skilled craftsmen.

According to Dodge Data and Analytics, the total value of construction starts is projected to jump nine percent in 2016, mostly due to big projects across the country.

To keep up with the demand for a pipeline of skilled, qualified workers, the Iron Workers have amped up their apprenticeship and training programs. The goal is to attract new workers and elevate the skills of existing workers.

“We’re working to identify opportunities to replenish the pipeline of skilled workers,” says Iron Workers General President Eric Dean. “We’re developing programs to teach our ironworkers to be safe, innovative and efficient on the job.”

So far, the recruitment and training programs have been highly successful. Thousands of apprentice hopefuls have walked into Iron Workers training centers across the country. Currently, there are more than 125,000 ironworkers and more than 17,000 apprentices working across the U.S. and Canada.

The investment in attracting new talent is needed, according to contractors. “The Iron Workers Standards of Excellence reinforces the pride of every ironworker and their commitment to be the most skilled, most productive and safest craft,” says Bill Brown, President and CEO of Ben Hur Construction and IMPACT Co-Chair. “They readily demonstrate strong ownership and accountability in the task at hand.”

An Iron Workers apprenticeship combines on-the-job training with classroom teaching and pays apprentices while they learn. Apprentices complete an impressive 6,000 to 8,000 hours of hands-on learning. After three to four years, the apprentices graduate as productive, reliable journeyman ironworkers. A comprehensive list of all apprenticeship training centers is available at Visit and for more information.



    Project of the Year Award recognizes contractors who achieve outstanding SAFETY performance. Contractors and their Ironworkers complete countless, complex projects throughout the United States and Canada each year and truly deserve to be recognized nationally for their amazing efforts and dedication.

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