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Here’s a way to start on a career as an iron worker

An iron worker checks his footing while helping to guide a steel beam in Tacoma in 2012. An iron worker pre-apprenticeship program is taking applicants for its next round of training.
An iron worker checks his footing while helping to guide a steel beam in Tacoma in 2012. An iron worker pre-apprenticeship program is taking applicants for its next round of training. The News Tribune, staff file

For those 18 and over, here’s a pre-apprenticeship program that could land you with a new career.

It is a grant-funded, four-week training program to prepare participants to start the four-year apprenticeship for Iron Workers Local 86.

Descriptions of the program note it teaches students basic ironwork knowledge, including terms, safety, measuring, tools, rigging, crane signaling, cutting and welding.

Deadline to apply is Wednesday (Aug. 1). Training will begin Aug. 13 for those accepted to one of about 15 spots available. Those who complete the four-week training will be given a free pair of boots and tools.

First union dues and initiation fee will be covered as well.

For application information and instructions, call Amber Christiansen at 206-244-2993.

The Pacific Northwest Ironworkers & Employers Apprenticeship office is at 4550 S. 134th Place, Suite 101 in Tukwila.

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