Alaska Economic Trends – April 2016

AprilTrends2016April Trends examines Alaska’s mix of industries and how they compare to the U.S. overall. Although we’ve started to resemble the rest of the country more, we’ll probably never quite get there. Also this month, we profile the town of Hyder, a unique Southeast Alaska community landlocked within

Canada. Finally, although low oil prices have wreaked havoc in Alaska in some ways, they’ve also contributed to the smallest inflation rate since 1988.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development – April 2016 Trends

Workforce Wednesday: Plumbing and Steamfitting | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

Want to break into the industry of one of the highest paid trades in Alaska?

In a recent Workforce Wednesday, Daybreak learned about careers in plumbing and steamfitting, from Aaron Plikat with Local 367 United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters and Cari-Ann Carty with Alaska Process Industry Career Consortium (APICC).

Jobs in the industry can range from cutting and preparing steel pipe, welding joints, keeping the Sealife Center’s water flowing and helping power Shemya and Dutch Harbor. According to APICC, many Alaskans in this field will soon be retiring, opening doors to a career that pays anywhere from $24 an hour as a paid apprentice, to $60 an hour for a foreman.

“Absolutely awesome job, incredibly rewarding,” said Carty. “If you enjoy working with your hands and having, as I like to call it, visual gratification of a job every day, you can stand back at the end of the day, look at what you accomplished and know it’s going to be there for the next 50, 60, hopefully 100 years and really feel good about it.”

United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters Apprentice Program Requirements

  • 18-years-old or older
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Driver’s license
  • Alaska resident

To learn more about the apprenticeship program, visit the Local 367 website.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Plumbing and Steamfitting | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

UAA Construction Management Teams Secure Wins at National Competition


UAA construction management students may have entered this year’s Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Competition feeling as if they faced overwhelming odds, but they soon proved they were up to the challenge when they seized a second and third place win.

“Our success came from our ability to work together as a team,” said UAA student Nathan Yaskell, captain of the commercial project team. “We all supported each other and helped one another when we needed it. We focused on practicing and preparing for the competition months in advance, which is what made these wins so rewarding.”

Read the full article here.

Source: UAA construction management teams secure second and third place wins at national competition – Green & Gold News

Alaska’s WIOA Plan

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act requires states to submit a four-year workforce plan to the US Department of Labor (USDOL). Alaska’s WIOA Plan was submitted on March 29, 2016. You may view or download the entire plan here. The vision, goals, and strategies for Alaska’s workforce system are also summarized.

Source: State of Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development – WIOA

Workforce Wednesday: The sheet metal trade | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

If you’re creative and like working with your hands, while making more than $20 an hour, then you may want to consider taking up a career in the sheet metal trade. It’s part of Alaska’s $7.3 billion construction industry

Earlier this month, Cari-Ann Carty with the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium and Jim Letts, President of Sheet Metal Incorporated, joined Daybreak to talk about the industry. Heating and ventilation type of work is what you find most in Alaska. It also includes welding and industrial fields like shipbuilding. Letts said it’s more than welding.

“It’s a fabrication for ventilation systems,” he said. “We have things that we build from scratch from a flat piece of metal to a 3D object, of course there’s architectural sheet metal. It’s multifaceted.”

Pay Range

  • Entry Level: $21/hr + 5% raise every 1,000 hours
  • Journeymen: $41/hr + $23 per hour in benefits

APICC Outreach Coordinator

  • Martha Peck
  • (907) 770-5250
  • Martha@apicc.org

For more information on employment and training, click here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: The sheet metal trade | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11