Workforce Wednesday: Iron work careers
From helping create bridges and buildings to highways and homes, it’s one of the construction industry’s most demanding careers: iron workers.
In Anchorage, you can see their most recent work in the University of Alaska Anchorage Engineering Center’s arched bridge and the Alaska Airlines Center. Apprenticeships are the best way to get started, plus apprentices get paid to learn. The apprenticeships pay from $21 to $32 an hour, not including benefits like annuity, retirement and healthcare, which could mean pay upward of $65 an hour.
Anthony Ladd, a business agent and training coordinator with Iron Workers Local No. 751, joined Daybreak to talk about the industry. He strives to do his job not just right, but safely as well, he said.
“It’s very fast paced, it’s very exciting, it’s very dangerous and it never ends. It’s almost too good to be true once you’re out there,” Ladd said.
Iron Workers Local No. 751 is accepting applications for Alaska residents only. The deadline is March 31.
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