I can remember the black and white photograph of the Iron workers sitting on a beam suspended dozens of stories above the Chicago skyline eating their lunch. It was with great pride that I took an assignment with the Union to photograph these highly skilled men and women being trained to teach apprentices the trade at Washtenaw Community College near Ann Arbor, Michigan. There were dozens of specialty classroom sessions with exams and many practical skills classes. Many of the images will be used in the Iron workers Journal. Though it wasn’t a part of the assignment the more I photographed these men and women the more I wanted to capture portraits of the character and hard work ethic that showed itself in their eyes and faces. These are the men and women that are going to continue to be the backbone of what made our country safe and strong through it’s structures in cities and bridges across America through the last two centuries.