Erection of structural steel, placement of reinforcing bars and post tensioning cables in concrete construction, rigging and erection of machinery/equipment, installation of fabricated building components and welding fabrication. Unload and distribute materials, ornamental work including layout, fabrication and erection.
Outdoors under all types of weather except when the weather jeopardizes safety. May work at great heights on buildings and bridges, or under ground erecting steel in tunnels.
- 18 years of age and high school diploma, or GED, with high school transcripts
- Good physical condition, and agility, able to perform all aspects of the trade
- Have the ability to get to work and to school, and possibly a valid drivers license
- Recommended high school courses: math, algebra, geometry, general science, English, drafting, blueprint reading, welding, and any shop/technology classes
- Must enjoy physical activity
- Applications taken at various times of the year, contact the nearest local office for a schedule
- Provide copies of: High School Diploma or GED, Transcripts of high school grades, proof of age, D.D.214 if veteran
- Must pass Aptitude test – Minimum total score of 6, with at least a 3 on the Verbal portion
- Apprentices are selected from a ranked list of qualified candidates. Based on test scores and Committee review
Terms of Apprenticeship
- 3-4 years/6000-6,500 hours of on-the-job training
- 450-892 hours Related Training (school)
- First 750-1600 hours – probationary period
- Must pass State Weld Certification test, and complete First Aid-CPR/AED
- Wage scale systematically increases throughout the apprenticeship
For More Information:
Ironworkers Local #8
12034 West Adler Lane, Milwaukee, WI 53214
Phone:(414) 476-9370 | Fax:(414) 476-0960
12034 West Adler Lane, Milwaukee, WI 53214
Phone: (414) 476-9372 | Fax: (414) 476-9742
Rick Hanson, Apprenticeship Coordinator
Phone: (414) 476-9372
1015 Breezewood Lane, Neenah, WI 54956
Phone: (920) 882-5320 Fax: (920) 882-5321
Rick Vanden Heuvel, Business Agent - Northern Area
Richard Snelson, Organizer
U.P. Michigan Office
119 S. Front Street, Marquette, MI 49855
Phone: (906) 228-6450 | Fax: (906) 228-3699
Timothy Roman, Business Agent – Upper Michigan
Ironworkers Local #383
5501 Manufacturers Drive, Madison, WI 53704
Phone: (608) 256-3162 Fax: (608) 256-3163
Tim DeMinter, Business Manager
Wisconsin Rapids, WI Office:
220 Johnson Street, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495
Adam Maves, Business Representative
Phone: (715) 424-1192
LaCrosse , WI Office:
Roy Van Riper, Business Representative
Phone: (608) 769-6430
In the late 1880s, steel had virtually replaced wood and stone as the primary load-carrying material in the erection of bridges and buildings. This abrupt change in structural materials brought about a demand for a new type of worker-bridgemen and architectural ironworkers. Ironworkers became known as "cowboys in the sky." As these daring, young, independent men aged and became husbands and providers, their thoughts turned to providing for their families during sickness, injury, and death and the realization by joining together, their voices became stonger, unified, and heard. Thus, the International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers of America was established on February 4, 1896 by sixteen delegates who attended our founding convention in Pittsburgh.
Are you ironworker material?
The road to becoming a journeyman ironworker is through apprenticeship training. The Iron Workers 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.
Apprentices earn while they learn, working on the job alongside the journeymen. In addition, they attend classes of related and supplemental instruction, approximately 160 hours per year for four years.
Starting wages for ironworker apprentices vary, but are usually 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.
Graduating apprentices attain journeyman status and receive full pay for the skills they have earned.
Ironworking has many sectors. Each sector involves challenging and difficult work, often on tall structures at high elevations. Ironworkers must be willing to work as a team. They must be able to meet rigid standards and deadlines. They must have a good sense of balance and be alert to potential danger to themselves and others. The apprenticeship program includes comprehensive safety training.
International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers
1750 New York Avenue NW Suite 400
PH: 202 383-4800
Fax: 202 638-4856
Following proper safety procedures can save your life.
Many thanks to the Ford Motor Company for producing this video and spreading the vital safety and awareness message on their jobsites.
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