BAC Apprentices Shine at MCAA Masonry Skills Challenge
BAC apprentices took six out of nine top placements at the annual MCAA Masonry Skills Challenge during the MCAA Convention at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry held on January 23rd in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A showcase of skills training in the masonry industry, the Masonry Skills Challenge brought together bricklayer apprentices from across the country to compete in three skill levels: 1st year for those just entering the trade; 2nd year for more experienced newcomers; and 3rd year for those about to enter the workforce as journey-level craftworkers. Each level is given a project to build appropriate to their craft skills. The projects are a complete surprise which means no contestants are aware of the projects in advance.
After a fierce three-hour competition, BAC apprentice bricklayers swept the 2nd year level with Jonathan Weininger of Local 46 OH winning first place, Joshua Morris of Local 15 MO/KS taking second, and Tyler Hack of Local 4 IN/KY placing third. While in the competition of the 1st year apprentices, Mitch Kittinger of Local 55 OH placed second, followed by Michael Patterson of Local 4 IN/KY in third. And in the 3rd year competition, Charles Coburn of Local 2 MI distinguished himself by placing third.