Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust

Expanding Job Opportunities for Ironworkers and their Contractors

Just wanted to say that Mark, Michael and Stuart from FMI and Trevor from PWC did an excellent job engaging the classroom in discussion each day, and had a great program format for teaching. The information they brought forward was extremely useful now as I'm sure it will be throughout my career. This was only my 2nd IMPACT course that I have attended, I would like to commend IMPACT on organizing these events for Ironworkers and contractors alike, IMPACT always put on an amazing program, and does a very good job at making these events comfortable and welcoming to attend. I plan to attend more IMPACT events as the information is always very useful and IMPACT does a great job of finding the right instructors for the occasion. I would like to thank everyone at IMPACT for the work they do to set these events up and providing the opportunity to attend these courses.


Jacob Wicks
Chief Estimator
JCT Metals Inc.





Heather Kurtenbach, Business Agent/Organizer, Ironworkers Local 86 (Photo Credit: MSC)

It's Women in Construction Week, and we're celebrating by highlighting an array of women in the steel industry every day this week. Today, we're featuring Heather Kurtenbach, a business agent/organizer with Ironworkers Local 86 in Tukwila, Wash. Find out how she got her start in the industry, what challenges she's had to overcome, and what changes she'd like to see for the industry moving forward.

How did you get your start in the industry? 
Kurtenbach: I got my start in my trade after being released from prison. I heard about the ironworkers from a relative. No one would hire me, not even to flip burgers, so I put my application in, got invited to evaluation day, and was accepted!

What barriers or challenges have you had to overcome as a female in the industry?  
Kurtenbach: I prefer to look at those as opportunities to excel. 

What piece of advice would you give to your 10-year-old self? 
Believe in myself. It's okay to not fit the "mold." Graduate high school. Don't do drugs.

What changes would you like to see for the future of the industry?
Kurtenbach: I would like to see more women in the roles of superintendent, etc. We are getting there, but there's still so far to go!

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