Ironworker Training

Iron Worker Apprenticeship Program

Our Apprenticeship Program is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.  We have a 4 year program consisting of both classroom and on-the-job training.  Classes are held mainly on weekdays, with a few evening and weekend classes.

Applications are taken on Wednesdays during regular business hours.

Minimum Requirements for Application:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Live in the jurisdictional area of the Local for the last year
  • Be physically able to perform the duties of the trade
  • Pass a drug test
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Must be able to pass a Math and Reading proficiency test

Expectations of an Iron Worker Apprentice

Complete cooperation and a willingness to learn.  Regular school attendance.  Dependability on the job.  The ability to work as part of a team.  Developing safe work habits.

What are the Benefits of Becoming a Union Iron Worker?


Apprentices earn while they learn.  In addition to classroom training, an Apprentice will gain on-the-job experience and bring home a respectable wage while learning a craft.

College credit.  Apprenticeship training can be applied toward college credit.  You can earn credit hours towards a college degree while gaining skill in the most respected craft in the building and construction trade.

Reinforcing and Post-Tensioning Ironworking  Have you heard the term rebar?  If you have, you may know that it is Iron Workers who fabricate and place these steel and composite bars in concrete forms to reinforce concrete structures.  They also install Post-Tensioning tendons (cables).  Iron Workers are employed wherever reinforced concrete is used in the construction of such structures as buildings, highways, drainage channels, bridges, stadiums, and airports.

Rigging and Machinery Moving  Rigging is an integral part of the ironworking trade.  All Iron Workers do this type of work.  Any Iron Worker that does rigging must have knowledge of fiber line, wire rope, hooks, skids, rollers, proper hand signals, and hoisting equipment, as well as have comprehensive training on safety issues.

Welding and Burning  Welding and Burning equipment are considered "tools of the trade."  Iron Workers perform welding to secure their work to the structure.  Almost all construction projects that require an Iron Worker will use these skills.  To become proficient in this task, the Iron Worker Apprentice or Journeyman learns how to burn and weld at one of the 160 training centers throughout North America.  Upon completion of the training, the student will be tested to become a certified welder.  This designation meets the American Welding Society's welding codes normally specified by the job site engineer.