California District Council Apprenticeship Competitors Rusty Secody, Paul Aroian, and Roger Ramirez
International Apprenticeship Competition
The International Apprenticeship Competition was held in September at the Houston Local 84 Training Center. Our District Council Competitors, Paul Aroian, Roger Ramirez, (both from Local 433 in La Palma) and Rusty Secody from Local 75 in Phoenix, all did a fine job of representing our district council. The competition was intense as the best of the best competed for great prizes and braggin rights.
The California Ironworker's District Council held it's Apprenticeship Competition on Thursday April 21 at the San Diego Training Facility
Competitors from many of the District Council JATC's competed for the chance to represent their local and the District Council, twelve in all. The winners will go on to compete in the International competition that will be held in September in Houston Texas. Those winners are
Rusty Secody from Local 75, Phoenix who took first place
Roger Ramirez from Local 433 Los Angeles, second Place
Paul Aroian from Local 433 Los Angeles, third place
Joseph Fornes from Local 75 in Phoenix, fourth place
Congratulations to these young men as well as all of the other competitors. They all worked hard and their effort is appreciated.
The event was attended by Trustees and Delegates of the District council, Trust managers, local poloticians, Local 229 members and their families, and other guests. It was a great event and Local 229 was able to show off it's new training center
Local 75 Apprenticeship Hosts Local Competition on March 12th
Left to Right: Business Manager Terry Wright, Third Place; Lawrence Costilow, First Place; Joseph Fornes, Second Place; Rusty Secody; Coordinator; Alan Ruda, Business Agent; Wes Frier
Every two years the best union ironworker apprentices compete for a chance to go to the International Outstanding Ironworker Competition. Here is how it works:
Your local apprenticeship will set a date for you to compete. Each individual local's competition will vary but likely events may be colum climb, using a construction level, rebar tying, assembly of an architectural window unit, knot tying, reeving of blocks. welding, burning, and a written test. The two best apprentices from each local JATC will compete at the District Council level.
After competition at the District Council level several apprentices will be chosen to compete at the international competition.
Apprentices that compete at the International level will meet other top apprentices and ironworker leaders from all over the USA and Canada. Competitors make life long friends and important career connections. The top winners recieve great prizes and will appear in the Ironworker Magazine.