The mission of the Field Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Journeyman Retraining Program is to ensure that our union ironworkers have the skills, knowledge and training necessary to be safe on the jobsite; competitive in the workplace; and satisfied in their careers. We accomplish that mission by providing training and training materials, trained and experienced instructors and leadership in order to uphold union values and principles of service and professionalism.
The road to becoming a Journeyman Ironworker is through Apprenticeship Training. The Ironworkers Apprenticeship Program is a well organized and supervised method of training people, with little or no knowledge of the craft, to become Journeymen Ironworkers qualified in all segments of the Trade.
An ironworkers' education does not stop when his or her apprenticeship ends. Journeyman ironworkers are eligible to take advanced courses.
Experienced ironworkers can become certified welders, advance to foreman and superintendent and can become leaders in their local union.
Check out the classes available at your local union training center.
DIRECTORS MESSAGE 12/12/17
MUCH PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE IN 2016 INCLUDING:
-NEW SATELITE TRAINING LOCATION IN SAN JOSE
- NEW ARCHITECTURAL MOCK UPS AND TRAINING FOR ALL TRAINING CENTERS
- ADVANCED INSTRUMENT (TOTAL STATION) TRAINING FOR JOURNEYMEN
- MANY PRE-APPRENTICESHIP CLASSES AT TRAINING CENTERS
- 2 NATIONAL WOMEN’S PRE APPRENTICESHIP CLASSES CONDUCTED
PLANS FOR 2018 INCLUDE:
NEW ‘APP’ FOR APPRENTICES TO TRACK WORK PROCESSES
DISTRICT COUNCIL AND INTERNATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP COMPETITIONS
NATIONAL WOMEN’S PRE APPRENTICESHIP CLASS (APRIL)
CWI PREP CLASS (JANUARY)
PDC 1&2 CLASS (FOR NEW AND POTENTIAL INSTRUCTORS FEB 27-MARCH 1)
OSHA 510 CLASS (MARCH 13-16)
OSHA 500 CLASS (APRIL 30 – MAY 4)
SCAFFOLD TRAIN THE TRAINER CLASS (MAY 8-10)
National Veterans class visits Al Zampa Memorial Bridge at the conclusion of their 3 weeks of training. The Vets will return to their locals across America to become IW Apprentices and will receive direct entry into the programs. 2 more classes are being considered for 2019. Contact your Coordinator for more info.
Brother Gene Ryan receives a plaque for dedicated service from Business Manager Terry Wright
Eugene L. Ryan Was honored by the Local 75 Union and the District Council Apprenticeship at the September 2018 Union Meeting.
“Gene” Ryan joined the ironworkers local 75 in 1970 and became a journeyman in 1973.
Gene worked some reinforcing but worked mostly structural. He worked a lot of structural and maintenance in the mines and smelters of Southern Arizona. Gene retired 1990 on a disability.
When the market in Tucson had deteriorated the local had two retirees dispatching on alternating weeks. One of the dispatchers quit so Gene volunteered to step into the position. He was later approached to become an organizer, so in 1995 he became an organizer for local 75. He divided his time between Tucson and Phoenix 2 days a week until a full time organizer was appointed in Phoenix.
Gene was instrumental in getting the apprenticeship in Tucson up and running again because the apprentices had been traveling to Phoenix for classes. Gene became a trainer for the Apprenticeship teaching COMET, OSHA, MSHA, and Subpart R classes to local apprentices and journeymen.
Gene has volunteered countless hours to the Union and Apprenticeship and is always there to help with apprenticeship classes, JIW training, and welding in Tucson. Thank you Gene for your dedication to Local 75 and to the Ironworkers Union.
”We have had our ups and downs in Tucson as has the whole state but I still believe unions do a better job of building America and we will prevail”.
California Ironworkers host first National Training Course for Veterans
2018 National Training Course for Veterans
The 3 week course, sponsored by the Ironworkers National Training Fund is being conducted at the Benicia, California, Regional Training Center. The course is designed to train the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force Vets in attendance to be skilled and knowledgeable Craft Professionals on Day 1.
This group of men and women are from all over the United States. Ironworkers National Fund plans more Veteran Pre Apprentice classes in 2019.
Congratulations to the 2018 International Apprenticeship Competitors from the California District Council!
Chip Costilow and Michael Robbins from Local 75, Dane McNair and Johnathan Connoly from Local 433 in Los Angeles, and Darren Williams from Local 229.
These men represented our District Council well.
The 2018 California District Council International Apprenticeship Competitors: Chip Costilow, Michael Robbins, Dane McNair, Jonathan Connoly, and Darren Williams
Brother Bobby Lux is honored by the Bay Area JATC and the District Council Apprenticeship
The California District Council Apprenticeship and the Bay Area Oakland LU 378 Jatc recently honored Brother Robert J. "Bobby" Lux at their meeting. Bobby has been a member since 1978.
President Bobby Lux has served for 15 years on the Local 378 JATC. The Local 378 JATC currently has 569 active apprentices and is one of the largest programs in the United States.
Bobby’s dedication and commitment to the Ironworker Industry was recognized with a token of appreciation at the July JATC meeting.
April 2018 Women's Training in Benicia California
Apprentice Competition 2018
Congratulations to the top five competitors that competed in the District Council competition in Phoenix, They will be going to Minnesota to compete in September.
The OSCA 20 hour Refinery Safety Course must be completed prior to January 1, 2018 in order to work in a California refinery. Go to the OSCA webpage: http://www.osca.com/petrochemical/ or speak to your Business Agent about training.
Apprenticeship Opportunity in the Bay Area
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A GOOD PAYING CAREER WITH A BRIGHT FUTURE? A CAREER THAT WILL ALLOW YOU TO COMPLETE A UNIVERSITY LEVEL EDUCATION IN A UNION BUILDING TRADE? ARE YOU READY TO START NOW? IF SO, SIGN UP FOR THE NEXT
IRONWORKERS TRAINING COURSE
Participants will receive 3 weeks of FREE hands on training AND the opportunity to meet with local signatory contractors. The training will focus on developing skills to enter into the Reinforcing Ironwork industry. Those who complete the 3 week course will have an excellent opportunity to begin a career as an Ironworker apprentice.Ironworker Apprenticeship Opportunity in the Bay Area
MANDATORY ORIENTATION Click on the link for dates and to download the flyer. ALL EVENTS WILL BE HELD AT THE IRONWORKERS TRAINING FACILITY LOCATED AT 3150 BAYSHORE ROAD, BENICIA, CA. 94510