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Bernardo Loya Jr.
Apprentice Ironworker


Ironworkers Union Local 290
Dayton, OH

Category:  Iron Worker
 
High School:  Francisco Villa High School
Ascension, MX
 
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Apprentice Iron Worker

How did you get interested in your career?
I grew up in Chihuahua, Mexico. My mom wanted me to be a teacher, but I like to work with my hands and build stuff. My dad is an ironworker. In this job you get to do lots of different things.

What kind of training and education did you need toget this job?
The union trains you while you work. I'm a fouth year apprentice. In nine more weeks I will qualify as a journeyman. then I can take classes to get other certifications or refresher course to renew my certifications. The more jobs you are certified to do, the more work opportunities there are.

What's a typical day like in your job?
We work in places like construction sites, steel factories and powerplants. Right now I'm doing maintenance and machine repair on a blast furnace. It's a greasy job. I prefer structural work. The job is outside, you can move around more, and it's quick. In six month you're on to something else.

What do you like most about your job?
I go places no one else goes, like the inside of a blast furnace!

What advice do you have for young pople who are considering this career?
Stay in school. That was hard for me because I was working to pay my way through high school in Mexico. Also, study math. That was hard for me, too. I never really liked it, but now I need to know how to calculate things like how much load a crane can lift and at what angle you need to lift it.

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