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 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