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First-Year Apprentices Learn Tricks of the Trade

Last weekend we invited first-year carpenter apprentices in central Indiana to an apprentice appreciation breakfast. IKORCC senior representative Steve Hoyt says it’s the first of many events planned around Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio aimed at retaining and mentoring apprentices throughout their training.

“First, we want the apprentices to learn as much as they can & try to get as many tips as they can to be successful in the carpenters union. The other is for our staff to help mentor these individuals,” Hoyt says.

Representatives from Pepper Construction, Gibson-Lewis and Mr. David’s Flooring answered questions & gave tips on succeeding as an apprentice.

“We’re looking for the standouts, those are the kind of people we like to hire and we like to keep on,” says Wes Simpson with Mr. David’s Flooring.

In addition to a great breakfast, carpenter apprentices say they learned a lot of valuable information that will help them succeed with the carpenters.

“The most important thing is to always show up on time for everything, whether it’s your schooling or work,” says first-year carpenter apprentice Christopher Hudson.

“Basically keep a positive attitude, show up for work and do what you got to do to succeed,” said first-year apprentice Antoine Havvard

First-year carpenter apprentice Justin Eastman added, “The most important thing I learned today is how much support we have here and how many outlets we have to avoid a catastrophe with our apprenticeship. These people are here to help us, they have no ulterior motives, they don’t want to make our lives complicated, they just want to help. We aren’t here to make friends, but at the end of the day, we are brothers. Whatever you need help with reach out and make that phone call.”

Click here to learn more about our apprenticeship and how you can start building your future.

Today’s Advancements in Total Station

This week, Indiana and Kentucky Instructors and on-the-job trainers had the opportunity to participate in a rigorous training for the latest Trimble Robotic Total Station. The Trimble Robotic Total Station is key to performing layout tasks more efficiently than with conventional mechanical systems. This training prepares our students and instructors alike to evolve with technological instruments that are leading the way in the Carpentry industry.

Director of Training for Indiana and Ohio, Jerry Burke says, “The Trimble training has given our Instructors the knowledge and resources to not only show our members how to perform Building Construction Layout and Data Collection in the most productive and efficient way, but will show increased value of our IKORCC workforce as the most innovative skilled craftsman.” 

The training included an informational classroom lecture and hands-on learning with assistance from Trimble certified instructors. During the hands-on learning, instructors were able to conveniently set up the Trimble and perform positioning around the training center. The Trimble will allow for positioning up to 300 meters (9,843 feet) away with the prism pole. The new instrument can also be set-up and performed efficiently by one user. This will be the first hands-on robotic instrument in the training center for instructors and students to use. Ari Perez, an instructor out of the Indianapolis, IN Training Center said, “As instructors we feel that it is our duty to keep pace with the technological advancements of our industries.” We look forward to the many opportunities the new training will provide for our members.

For more information on Trimble Robotic Total Station Training, contact a Training Center near you.

Earn While You Learn

Did you know that the IKORCC Apprenticeship Program pays you to learn and allows you to graduate debt-free with an associate degree from Cuyahoga (Tri-C), Ivy Tech, or Owens community college? With thousands of apprentices and hundreds of thousands of hours of training per year, our three state apprenticeship is leading the way against the competition. Learn more about the IKORCC Apprenticeship Program by contacting your local IKORCC office or by emailing website@ikorcc.com.

8 Hour Awareness Classes Going Strong!

IKORCC teaches an 8 hour ICRA classes throughout our region. This is an awareness class for hospital and indusutry firms to demonstrate the best ways to continue preventing infection during hospital construction. Here is Ron Clements teaching an 8hr ICRA class at Goshen Hospital in Goshen, IN for the infection control Dept, plant ops, and I.T dept.

Rossford Open House Competition Winners

Congratuations to our 2017 Rossford, Ohio winners!

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Richfield Open House Competition Winners

Congratuations to our 2017 Richfield, Ohio winners!

 

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Columbus Open House Competition Winners

Congratuations to our 2017 Columbus, Ohio winners!

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Monroe Open House Competition Winners

Congratuations to our 2017 Monroe, Ohio!

Hobart Open House Competition Winners

Congratuations to our 2017 Hobart, Indiana winners! General Carpentry – Edward Livergood, Local 1485; Interior systems – Juan Miranda, Local 1485; Millwright – Matthew Michels Local 1076.

Warsaw Open House Competition Winners

Congratuations to our 2016 Warsaw, Indiana winners! General Carpentry – Kenny Allison, Local 615; Interior systems – Jose Mendez-Flores, Local 232; and Millwright – Kyle Van Ness Jr., Local 1076