Careers Overview

Apprenticeship is a time-honored training system that involves a combination of classroom and hands-on training.

It is an opportunity to earn while you learn. Apprenticeship training enhances your economic security. In the short term, you are assured of an increasing wage level through the term of the apprenticeship. Long term, an apprenticeship graduation will enhance your professional career opportunity and promotability. The Iron Working Trade has been in existence for decades. It is rich in tradition and heritage, where self-esteem is promoted.

  • Must not be less than 18 years of age.
  • Must possess sufficient physical fitness in order to perform the duties of the trade.
  • Must have a high school diploma or a G.E.D. certificate.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or in the process of naturalization.

Prior to placement with a contractor, each selected candidate will be required to successfully complete a drug screen, attend orientation and training classes in OSHA 10, OSHA Sub-Part R, MSHA and First Aid/CPR before final acceptance into the program.

Applicants selected for job placement must be able to furnish their own transportation, pay school tuition, purchase tools, be agreeable to a certain amount of travel, and be aware of periods of unemployment due to the lack of construction activity.

This is a three year/6,000 hour program of on the job training, plus no less than 204 hours of related classroom and shop training per year. Related training classes are held two nights per week, September through May. Class fees are approximately $400 per semester with all text books and materials furnished.


Earn While You Learn

Apprenticeship classes are generally conducted after normal working hours to allow apprentices to gain on-the-job experience and bring home a respectable wage while they are in training. Some areas, however, provide classes during working hours. In some instances the apprentice may have to attend weekend classes.

You are immediately required to join the Union and within 30 days are required to complete an assessment test (test information will be included in your apprenticeshp packet.) You will be required to pay monthly dues, and when employed, working dues are required. Union meetings are held monthly and participation by all members is encouraged.


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