About the Apprenticeship



Apprentices earn while they learn, working on the job alongside the Journeymen. In addition they attend classes of related and supplemental instruction, approximately 200 Hours per year for four (4) years.

a classroom setting

Starting wages for ironworker apprentices are 50% of a journeyman's wage. As an apprentice accumulates an established number of on-the-job hours plus related and supplemental instruction hours, wages are increased at regular intervals.

training environment

Graduating apprentices attain journeyman status and receive full pay for the skills they have earned.


The apprenticeship program includes comprehensive job and safety training.


Which skill will you master?

structural
  • Unload, erect, and connect fabricated iron beams to form the project skeleton.
  • Work primarily on industrial, commercial and large residential buildings.
  • Build towers, bridges, stadiums, and prefabricated metal buildings
  • Erect and install pre-cast beams, columns and panels.

reinforcing
  • Unload trucks and rig reinforcing steel.
  • Fabricate and place steel bars (rebar) in concrete forms to reinforce structures.
  • Place rebar on appropriate supports and tie them together with tie wire.
  • Install post-tensioning tendons (cables) to place in concrete forms along reinforcing steel.
  • Stress the tendons using hydraulic jacks and pumps after the concrete is poured and hardened.

ornamental
  • Install metal window frames and windows into buildings.
  • Erect curtain wall and window wall systems that cover the steel or reinforced concrete structure of a building.
  • Install and erect metal stairways, catwalks, gratings, doors, railings, fencing, elevator fronts and building entrances.

rigging
  • Load, unload, move and set machinery, structural steel and curtain walls.
  • Operate power hoists, cranes, derricks, forklifts and aerial lifts.
  • Have knowledge of fiber line, wire rope, hoisting equipment and proper hand signals.

welding and torch
  • Welding and burning equipment are considered tools of the trade. These tools are used by structural, reinforcing, ornamental and rigging ironworkers to fabricate steel and secure their work to the structure. Ironworkers can test to be designated a certified welder.

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