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.



Women Welders Get Start in Iron Workers Innovative Pre-Apprenticeship Program


BENICIA, CA – Women seeking membership as apprentice ironworkers had a new opportunity to complete a pre-apprenticeship class with the University of Iron, the apprenticeship program of the Iron Workers District Council of the State of California and Vicinity. Women from across the U.S. were recruited to participate in this state of the art training program; 17 women graduated from the course on October 3, 2015.

The women attended classes six days a week for three weeks, working nine hours a day to complete a total of 162 hours of classroom and hands on training to prepare them to become Iron Worker Apprentices. Classes included Orientation, Fire Watch, Traffic Flagger, OSHA 10, First Aid / CPR, Welding and Rigging. All classes included extensive hands on training to learn knots, measurement, oxy-fuel cutting, shielded metal arc welding and material handling. All of the training will be recognized as the women move into the apprenticeship. The women traveled in from six states, including 12 women from all over California.

The Benicia Training Center is the hub for the bay area Iron Workers apprenticeship and journeyman training. The site also serves as a regional training center for the Iron Workers National Training Fund, where Iron Worker instructors come from throughout the country for safety and skills training.

 “All of these women showed exceptional dedication to the job,” said California Iron Workers District Council Apprenticeship Director Dick Zampa. “Every one of them showed up enthusiastic, prepared and eager to learn.”

The women were assigned classroom work to complete at home before and during the hands-on training program and all of the coursework was tracked in the apprenticeship tracking system maintained by the Iron Workers.

Carrie Steele, one of the Iron Worker instructors stated “These modern day Rosie the Riveters are going into the construction industry motivated and well prepared.”

This national pilot class was the first of its kind and was generously supported by the Iron Workers National Fund Trustees and the Iron Workers Executive Training Director, Lee Worley. The travel expenses were paid for by the District Councils and the hotel, books, tools, meals and training was provided by the National Training Fund and Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT).

“This program is designed to serve as a model for other pre-apprenticeship programs,” said IMPACT Western Regional Director James McGuire. “What we’re doing here is designed to attract more women to the profession – to take the intimidation factor out of the equation.”

The University of Iron represents 3,000 apprentice and 19,500 journeymen ironworkers throughout California, Nevada and Arizona who are members of Iron Workers Local 229 (San Diego), Local 118 (Sacramento, Calif.), Locals 416 and 433 (Los Angeles and Las Vegas), Local 75 (Phoenix), Local 155 (Fresno, Calif.) Local 377 (San Francisco) and Local 378 (Oakland, Calif.).

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