“They compete over three grueling days in various aspects of our trade, starting with the written exam,” said Martin. “They’re also tested on their skills at welding and burning, timed at reinforcing rod tying and knot tying and the highlight is the column climb. Andrew did an outstanding job by taking first place in this tough competition!” The Competition is held every two years; Local 5 apprentices have won three of the last five competitions.
Iron Workers General President Walter Wise congratulated all the competition finalists. “Not only will the outstanding men and women in apprenticeships today become the best Iron Workers the world has ever seen,” said Wise, “but will form the future of our industry as foreman, superintendents, project managers, contractors and leaders of our great union. They are worthy of the upmost attention, investment and respect. We had the opportunity to witness a demonstration of that knowledge, skill and attitude that we demand our Apprentices and the pride instilled by being one of the best, a union Iron Worker. We must all commit to strengthening the lifeblood of our union and the future of our industry- the apprenticeship system with career-long training.”