AMS Moves Ahead with Glazing  
Technician Certification Program  
dministrative Management Institute for the development of the committees will begin immediately.  
Systems Inc. (AMS) is devel- AGMT program. AMS has since been  
oping a third-party personnel granted approval to begin the first the program rests with steering com-  
certification program for architectural phase of what is estimated to be an mittees and eventually a certification  
glass and metal technicians (AGMT), 18- to 24-month project. board that evenly represent the three  
and intends to gain ANSI accreditation The first phase will include defin- primary stakeholder segments of the  
“The best opportunity for success of  
in accordance with ISO/IEC 17024.The ing the competency and practical re- industry,”says Ben Beeler,the program’s  
certification program is sponsored by quirements for an architectural glass co-designer and operations manager.  
FCA International with support and and metal technician with direction “The glazing technician population,  
guidance from the glazing industry.  
and input from committees of indus- glazing contractors and the user com-  
Following an open forum summit try experts and stakeholders.An open munity must work in balanced concert  
in February, AMS was invited to sub- process to identify industry partic- to achieve a program that meets all the  
mit a proposal to the Finishing Trades ipants for inclusion on the steering industry’s requirements.We are looking  
far and wide for as much assistance with  
this endeavor as possible.”  
A conceptual model for the program  
will start with personnel certification  
of basic competencies of the trade and  
then build on them through additional  
certification tiers or endorsements, ac-  
cording to AMS.  
NACC Program requirements were  
established by an independent certi-  
fication board with an equal balance  
of contract glaziers and those who use  
glazing services. AMS provides third  
party certification for the NACC pro-  
gram as the certification body.  
Iron Workers Announce Paid  
Maternity Leave Benefit  
he Iron Workers (IW) and the Ironworker Management Progressive Ac-  
tion Cooperative Trust (IMPACT) now offer a new paid maternity leave  
benefit for women inronworkers.  
According to the organization, it is “the first to introduce a generous paid  
maternity leave benefit in the building trades” and is something “virtually un-  
heard of” in the industry.  
The Iron Workers’ paid maternity leave includes six months of pre-delivery  
maximum benefit and six to eight weeks of post-delivery benefit. Regardless  
of what was covered pre-delivery, the ironworker member will be eligible for up  
to six weeks of paid leave after the birth of the child and two additional weeks  
for Cesarean deliveries, according to the announcement.  
Giroux Becomes  
Giroux Glass Inc. is now a Centria  
products certified dealer-installer, cov-  
ering central California to the state’s  
Mexican border,as well as the southern  
half of Nevada.  
I’m extremely excited about this policy and I think it’s going to help with reten-  
tion of ironworker women and encourage them to build a career,” said Iron Worker  
representative Vicki O’Leary during a panel at the 2017 Iron Workers/IMPACT Con-  
ference in March. “It’s one more step in achieving greater diversity in our trade.”  
The IW represents 130,000 ironworkers in North America who work in con-  
struction on bridges; structural steel; ornamental, architectural, and miscella-  
neous metals; rebar; and in shops.  
Members of Giroux’s commercial  
contracts team received training in both  
California and Pennsylvania, learning  
about the various insulated and non-in-  
sulated panel wall systems and their  
correct installation procedures.  
Fabrication for projects in both Cali-  
fornia and Nevada will take place in Gi-  
roux’s San Bernardino, Calif., plant. n  
We are very proud to be the first to introduce a paid maternity program in  
the building trades,” said Eric Dean, general president of the Iron Workers,  
in a statement. “It’s about time we make our industry a level playing field for  
women and make diversity and inclusion a priority.”  
The benefit doesn’t include adoptions at this time, but could be expanded  
to add in the future.  
USGlass, Metal & Glazing | June 2017  

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