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Iron Workers Launches Revised, Cutting-Edge Metal Building Systems Training

Aug 22, 2012

In an effort to supply Contractors and Owners only the most skilled Ironworkers, the Iron Workers and the Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT) announced this week the official release of “Metal Building Systems,” an all-new training package focused on metal building construction methods and best practices.

“Metal buildings have been and will continue to be a growing segment of the ironworking industry,” said Walter Wise, Iron Workers General President.  “Their expanded and evolving use  mandate that our members have the skills necessary to secure opportunities that will grow market share for our Union and contractors.”

The new package encourages Ironworkers to learn actively through a series of hands-on exercises and videos illustrating specific metal buildings systems construction practices.

The training package includes the following units:

  1. Introduction to Metal Building Systems
  2. Preparing to Erect a Metal Building System
  3. Unloading, Laying Out, and Storing Materials
  4. Reading Metal Building System Drawings
  5. Erecting Structural Steel
  6. Installing Insulation, Wall Panels, Trim, and Flashing
  7. Installing Roof Insulation, Panels, and Ridge Caps
  8. Installing Gutters, Downspouts, Rake Trim, and Peak Boxes
  9. Installing Doors and Windows
  10. Re-roofing and Other Metal Building Renovations

Metal buildings are popular in construction because they are relatively simple to construct, are easy to modify and offer superb resistance against corrosion, fading and discoloration. 

“The Iron Workers and IMPACT remain ahead of the competition in supplying Ironworkers who can get the job done right and save Contractors and Owners money in the process,” said Kevin Hilton, IMPACT CEO.  “This package is just one of many we use to ensure Ironworkers are the best, most highly skilled workers in the construction industry.”

The “Metal Building Systems” reference manual is available online to Ironworker Contractors through IMPACT’s Online Ordering System.

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&RIW’s 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 certifications, marketing, construction project tracking and bidding, insurance and Davis-Bacon compliance efforts.  IMPACT also administers a world-class substance abuse program to ensure that Ironworkers are safe, drug-free and ready to work.