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GIJOBS.COM | JANUARY 2019 | G.I. JOBS 15 15 | JANUARY 2019 | G.I. JOBS GIJOBS.COM AARON TAYLOR HELPED build a forward operating base near the Syrian border during his tour in Iraq. He's proud of his military service, but he's equally proud of what he's building today as an ironworker in Pittsburgh: skyscrapers, universities, high-rise apartments, bridges and more. Taylor, 33, just finished an apprenticeship with Iron Workers Local Union No. 3, a chapter of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union, AFL-CIO, that does structural, ornamental and reinforcing work throughout Western Pennsylvania. Taylor is a connector, a job that requires him to climb steel beams wearing a 35-pound tool belt – often many stories above the ground – to connect the I-beams together. Like an enormous Lego set, the framework of the building rises one floor at a time until it forms a complete structure that will stand for generations. It's physically demanding, dangerous work in heat, cold and everything in between. But when Taylor drives to Pittsburgh with his wife and 5-year- old son, he can point to a building and proudly say, "I built that." Earn Learn & Why an apprenticeship just may be your best civilian career path. BY DAN FAZIO PHOTOGRAPHED BY EDGAR REYNOLDS

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