I am proud of my skill as a welder, fabricator and car builder. My Grandfather, Father, and Brother were all Union Sheet Metal Workers, so I know how a great career like this can provide for a family. Its important to me to help encourage a new generation of skilled laborers and teach kids who are adept to hands on jobs and want to pursue these careers. Good qualified trades people are always in high demand here in Ottumwa, and throughout Wapello County. Construction plays a vital role in shaping the built environment and our modern economy. I will work with local high schools our community colleges like Indian Hills, and organizations like SkillsUSA, MikeRoweWorks to educate the men and women who thrive in these roles and to bring these highly skilled workers back to Iowa. the starting salary, fresh out of community college, for these jobs is very high. Construction Workers in Iowa earn a median salary of $33,950 per year. Salaries typically start from $23,640 and go up to $52,250. Lets mentor these kids and give them our support.