The trade of ironwork involves working both at great heights and underground. We work indoors and outdoors, summer and winter therefore an ironworker must endure the heat of the summer as well as the cold in the winter. An ironworker must be physically fit and may be required to carry loads of 100 lbs. while walking over rough and uneven terrain. On the other spectrum, an ironworker must have the patience to install delicate balcony rail or erect a complicated window wall system.
Structural Ironworkers erect the steel framework of bridges, buildings, towers and other structures including metal storage tanks and overhead crane runways. They also install steel decking and do all types of welding operations.
Ornamental Ironworkers install metal stairways, catwalks, floorgratings, metal ladders, metal window sash and doors, grills, screens and bank equipment. They apply all types of caulking and sealant.
Reinforcing Ironworkers set steel bars in concrete forms to reinforce concrete structures. They place steel bars on suitable supports in the concrete forms and tie the bars at the intersections so that each bar receives its intended structural load.
This is a three year program. 204 hours of related classroom training shall be required each year.
An Apprentice Ironworker will start at 60% of Journeyman wage ($15) with the possibility of a 5% raise each 6 month period until the Apprentice reaches 90% of Journeyman wages. An Apprentice is required to pay monthly union dues and 4% of gross wage assessment to Ironworkers Local #89.
Apprenticeship training provides individuals with the skills needed to compete economically and work safely. Union members of the building and construction trades typically receive higher wages and better benefits than those employed by non-union contractors.
High school courses important to the position:
Mathematics, drafting and blueprint reading, construction technology, shop, and welding.
Training, certifications, or degree needed to qualify for the position:
Qualifications to become an apprentice include a strong foundation of math and literacy skills, a high school or an equivalency diploma, and the ability to successfully complete an aptitude test. Additionally a qualified candidate must be physically fit, drug-free, have access to reliable transportation, and have proof of citizenship or the legal right to work in the United States.