Alabama Construction News

JAN-MAR 2018

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S 30 AL CONSTRUCTION NEWS JAN-MAR 2018 SCHOOL WAS OUT FOR STUDENTS IN BIRMINGHAM OVER THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY, BUT MANY STUDENTS AT THE ACADEMY OF CRAFT TRAINING (ACT) DIDN'T TAKE THAT TIME OFF. INSTEAD, THEY WORKED INTERNSHIPS WITH ABC OF ALABAMA MEMBERS ACROSS THE REGION TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR CHOSEN TRADE. Over the holiday break, 66 ACT students workers contributed to 22 different companies on 38 different job sites (including warehouse and shop locations). During that time, they worked a total of 4,261 hours, earned $42,610 in wages and had zero accidents or injuries. "The fact that so many students decided to spend their holiday break working and learning more about the industry speaks volumes," said ACT Training and Employment Coordinator Mark McCord. "It's exciting to see these students work so hard day in and day out at the Academy, and then to see them put that knowledge in action by taking on internships shows the great future many of them will have in our industry." H&M Mechanical brought on six ACT students for the two-week internship. A few students helped out in the field on a hotel construction job in downtown Birmingham, sorting and moving materials. The other students worked in the company's fabrication shop, actually helping run some machinery and doing some pre fabrication work. "For the limited knowledge and experience they had, they did really well," said Wayne Jennings of H&M Mechanical. "They were easy to get along with, very punctual and very respectful. You could tell they have a bright future by just the way they carried and presented themselves." C&H Mechanical also had an intern, who got the opportunity to work in the company's sheet metal fabrication shop. "Our intern was well prepared and eager and did an excellent job," said Keith Hines of C&H Mechanical. "It was obvious he had some knowledge that he gained from the Academy as he was not only well prepared from the technical standpoint of what he was working on, but he also obviously had some safety training." Goodgame Construction hosted six of the interns, putting them to work in different areas of the company. The two welding students got the BY PAIGE TOWNLEY ACT STUDENTS WORK OVER CHRISTMAS BREAK

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