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16 G.I. JOBS | JANUARY 2019 | GIJOBS.COM "I keep going back to the pride, but the pride in what you do definitely outweighs the risks for me," Taylor said. "What you build is going to be here for generations." We talked to Taylor during a visit to Local 3's Apprenticeship Training Center in Pittsburgh's Strip District, a historic neighborhood once lined with factories, forges and warehouses. Several hundred apprentices train here, including Taylor, who was finishing up the apprenticeship he began in June 2015. He earned $18.25 an hour then, but made $31.04 as he approached full journeyman status. He had excellent benefits throughout the program. "Nowhere else I ever worked offered the benefits I have here," he said. HANDS-ON LEARNING Like most apprenticeships, the Local 3 program teaches young men and women a skilled trade through classroom and hands-on instruction, on- the-job training, and mentorship under the watchful eyes of seasoned employees like Paul Ribarchak, an instructor who is poised to take over as Local 3's apprenticeship program coordinator. An ironworker for 24 years and an instructor since 2004, Ribarchak traded the pride of building for the pride of training apprentices to work safely, more often than not, high above the ground. "Safety's a big subject all day, every day, for us," he said. Ironworker apprentices must complete eight 40- hour weeks each year at the training center, which is being renovated and expanded to accommodate more apprentices. The three-year curriculum combines classroom "Badass beard! " SEE PAGE 30 AARON TAYLOR Ironworker Century Steel Erectors JOB LOCATION: Pittsburgh AGE: 33 MILITARY SERVICE: Specialist (E-4), Army Reserve (2003-2011) MOS: Construction Equipment Operator (21J) DEPLOYED: Iraq

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