Ironworker Craft Training Program Expands to 18 Units
Three additional companies have joined the nationwide network of SEAA/NCCER Ironworker Training Units and Assessment Sites, bringing the total to 18 providers.
“The SEAA/NCCER Ironworker Craft Training Program provides our company with access to industry professionals, networking opportunities, and a solid training path,” said Fermin Goitia, Project Executive for Building Envelope Systems, Plainville, Mass. MORE
SEAA to Launch Event App
In an effort to improve communication and member engagement at association events, SEAA will launch a new custom event app at the annual Education Fundraiser Golf Tournament in October. Download the free SEAA Events app in Google Play or Apple App Store. MORE
In this Issue of Fall 2018 Connector
Cover Story: Common Sense and Collaboration. Arena construction made easier, safer and more efficient with thoughtful communication and modifications. READ
Management: Not so "Gee Whiz" Tech in Steel Erection. Behind the scenes, tools for improving workflow still reign supreme. READ
In the Field: Flying Beyond Aerial Surveillance. Ideas for using drones in steel construction applications. READ
The average age of a craft professional is 47 and by 2031, 41 percent of the current workforce will retire. Considering it takes 8-12 years for an individual to go from entry level to fully trained to seasoned craft professional, it is critical to employ needed changes now that will support the development of our current and future workforce.MORE
2019 Construction Starts Predicted to Rebound
In its Fall 2018 Forecast and Quarterly Report, ConstructConnect’s Chief Economist Alex Carrick said: “The incentives to carry out capital spending at this time include numerous positive indicators: strong GDP growth accompanied by exceptional jobs creation and an almost record-low unemployment rate; a big cut in the tax rate and a bonus depreciation rate that are lifting corporate profitability; and a pervasive shift to rosier consumer and business confidence.” However, the report indicates three economic concerns:
Tilt-Up Certification Of Interest to Erectors with Concrete Panel Divisions
The ACI/TCA Tilt-Up Supervisor and Technician Certification program has undergone the first major overhaul since its inception. New areas of knowledge include Safety Communications & Procedures, Planning and Scheduling, Structural Systems, Site Preparation & Foundations, Slabs on Grade, Layout & Forming, Concrete Properties & Placement, Erection & Bracing, and Panel Finishes & Building Finishing. MORE
MSC Safety Solutions and Colorado Crane School Open New Facility
MSC Safety Solutions and the Colorado Crane Operator School opened a new joint facility on September 17, 2018 in Frederick, Colo. The facility, just 10 minutes north of the previous Westminster office, features three training rooms and a 30-foot training tower. “We believe that safety is not something that you enforce, safety is a byproduct of training,” said Troy Clark, President.
The company will continue to offer classes on fall protection, scaffold, excavation, confined space, and OSHA 10 and 30-hour courses. Additional hands-on classes include NCCER Ironworker Apprenticeship Program, the Corp of Engineers 24 Hour Competent Person Fall Protection class, and hands on Fall Rescue planning and practical application. New crane operation curriculum includes 4-week New Operator Training, and NCCCO Rigger and Crane Operator Certification Workshops. MORE
Appalachian Drafting Wins Business Award
Steven Harris, owner of Appalachian Drafting, Fletcher, N.C., credits technical education with setting him on a path to success. After winning a local business award and $5,000 to implement business strategy, the company has grown, serving steel detailers and fabricators across the country, the Bristol Herald Courier reports.
Dallas Business Journal Profiles Diane Waghorne of Tech Safety Lines
Tech Safety Lines, Carollton, Texas, which provides rescue equipment and training for work at height scenarios, was founded by Diane Waghorne not long after 9/11. "Amid the tragedy unfolding before her eyes," reports Dallas Business Journal Staff Writer Evan Hooper, "she kept thinking, how was it possible all these people trapped in the burning buildings didn't have a way to get down safely?" MORE
LeJeune Bolt Company Names Canadian Distributor of TNA Torque + Angle Fastening System
LeJeune Bolt Company, Burnsville, Minn., announces an exclusive partnership with Boulons Plus to become the authorized Canadian distributor of the TNA® Torque + Angle Fastening System. Boulons Plus and subsidiary Precision Bolt will offer the product to the Canadian steel construction market.
The TNA® Fastening System uses the exclusive 144ksi ASTM F3148 single-sided spline drive bolt and the dual function Torque and Angle TAE Series installation tools to deliver economical, accurate and repeatable bolting for structural steel construction. MORE
Simpson Strong-Tie Hosts Scholarship Recipients
Simpson Strong-Tie, Pleasanton, Calif., hosted more than 30 Architecture, Engineering and Construction Management college students who were awarded with a Simpson Strong-Tie® Student Scholarship for the 2018–2019 academic year.
Students from across the country toured the company’s manufacturing facility and training center, observed product testing and demos, visited with a local architect and a structural engineer, and collaborated on a mini-house build project.
The Simpson Strong-Tie Student Scholarship Program supports education and encourages the design and building of safer structures in communities. Up to 68 scholarships of $2,000 per recipient are awarded every academic year to students at 76 participating schools. MORE