January 2012

National Training Fund Conducts 27th Annual Ironworker Instructor Training Program

The National Ironworkers and Employers Apprenticeship Training and Journeyman Upgrading Fund conducted the 27th Annual Ironworker Instructor Training Program this past July on the campuses of Washtenaw Community College and Eastern Michigan University. Over 600 instructors, apprenticeship coordinators, business managers, employers, contractors, guests, and special presenters participated in the program.

During the opening session on Sunday evening, July 17, General President and National Training Fund Co-Chair Walter Wise welcomed the participants and thanked them for providing quality apprenticeship training and journeyman upgrading courses to meet the needs of our contractors. President Wise then introduced Management Co-Chair and President of TSI/Exterior Wall Systems Victor Cornellier, who thanked the National Training Fund and IMPACT for continuing to expand partnerships with our contractors.

General Treasurer Edward McHugh and Executive Director of Apprenticeship and Training Lee Worley also addressed the participants during the opening session.

Two special presentations were made during the opening session. Mike White, retiring executive director of Apprenticeship and Training and Frank Migliaccio, retiring executive director of the Safety Department, were recognized for their years of dedication and service.

Frank Piccione of the National Training Fund announced that 19 local unions were receiving their certificates indicating successful completion of the Ironworker Apprenticeship Certification Program (IACP). In addition, Rick Sullivan, IMPACT director of Education and Training, announced that 21 individuals were receiving their Qualified Ironworker Instructor Certificate indicating completion of required courses as part of the annual training program.

There were 47 courses offered during the annual program including several new courses. These new courses included Scaffold Orientation (using the new training package) and Using the International's E-mail System (for apprenticeship coordinators).

For the first time IMPACT offered two courses for contractors. These courses were designed and delivered by FMI (management consultants for the construction industry). Interest was so strong that both courses were filled to capacity. The two courses included:

-Effective Project Management: The Project Leader
-Pricing for Profits

One of the reasons the annual program continues to be a success is the participation of our supporting vendors. These vendors conduct courses, give presentations and demonstrations with state-of-the-art equipment, offer training materials, run contests, and have become an integral part of the program. Our supporting vendors included Applied Bolting Technologies, Barsplice Products, Calculated Industries, Clean Air America, Crosby Group, ESAB, Eze Bend, F&M Mafco, Harris Product Group, Harsco Infrastructure, Hilti North America, Hypertherm, Hytorc, Klein Tools, Lincoln Electric, Max USA Corporation, Metabo, Miller Electric, Pacific Laser Systems, Pipe Master Tools, RedDArc, RoboVent, Skidmore-Wilhelm Manufacturing, Smith Equipment, Tiger Industries Corporation, and others.

General Secretary Eric Dean addressed the participants during the closing session held on July 22. In addition, there were presentations of prizes by vendors to participants based on hands-on events held during the Wednesday evening vendor demonstrations. The final event during the closing session was a Òweek in reviewÓ slide show with music highlighting key events from the training program.

By all accounts, the 27th Annual Ironworker Instructor Training Program was a success. The Apprenticeship and Training Department and IMPACT are now busy working on the 28th annual. So mark your calendars and join us in July of 2012 to participate in this quality program dedicated to strengthening our apprenticeship and training system.