BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) - Ironworkers are busy with plenty of construction going on in the Mahoning and Shenango valleys.
It's work that can't be done without ironworkers.
Ironworkers Local #207 is accepting applications this month for apprenticeships. The new training program begins in October.
Tony Deley, a committee member of Ironworkers Local #207, said they need people to apply.
"The manpower is short," he said. "We have so many projects up and coming... that we're recruiting," he said.
It's a four-year paid apprenticeship program and much of it is on the job. Workers will earn $17 an hour plus benefits to start and over $26 an hour plus benefits when they complete the program.
"They learn everything about our trade, every welding certification, any kind of OSHA certification they need," Deley said. "In four years, they're trained through our school and on-the-job training, and they're out in the workforce."
Jake Dogoda, of Boardman, has been an apprentice since spring. He has learned that ironworkers do rebar and foundation work, bridge decks, piers, structural steel erection, sheeting and even mill maintenance.
Dogoda joined feels that the program gave him a better future than his previous job. He's excited to be building things that people can see.
"That's kind of what I was looking for when I decided to become an ironworker, was a good career that I could be proud of," he said. "I had a lot of jobs before this, but I had friends who are ironworkers and just the history behind it and everything, you're just kind of proud of what you do."
To apply, you have to be 18 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, pass a physical test, drug test and have a driver's license.
You can apply in person at the Ironworkers Training Center, at 698 Bev Road in Boardman, or at its website, www.iw207.com.
For more information, call (330) 726-9421.
Applicants must include the following items with their application:
- Transcript of high school grades or GED test scores
- Military Service Certificate of Completion (DD-214) (if applicable)
- Valid Driver's License
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