Iron Workers

International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron WorkersIron Workers, Wisconsin,Union,Northeastern WI


Work Description

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.

Working Conditions

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

Application Process

  • 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
414-476-9370    Fax: 414-476-0960

Charlie FAlkner, Business Manager
Brian Mc Cambridge, Business Agent

Apprenticeship Office
12034 West Adler Lane, Milwaukee, WI 53214
Phone: 414-476-9372    Fax: 414-476-9742
Rick Hanson, Apprenticeship Coordinator

Northern Office
1015 Breezewood Lane, Neenah, WI 54956
Phone: 920-882-5320     Fax: 920-558-3655

Rick Vanden Heuvel, Business Agent

U.P. Michigan Office
119 S. Front Street, Marquette, MI 49855
Phone: 906-228-6450    Fax: 906-228-3699

Timothy Roman, Business Agent

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

Iron Workers North Central States District Council
Phone: 920-485-0501  Fax: 866-370-7589


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
Washington, D.C.
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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