An apprentice is a training-level employee who works in the building and construction trades while also attending classes to learn industry skills and safety techniques. Wages for an apprentice increase over the course of this training, which lasts from two to five years depending on the trade. An apprentice who graduates to journey-person is recognized as a well-qualified worker who can command the best wages and benefits.
Ironworkers erect the structural framework for high rise building, bridges, power plants and towers, They also place reinforcing steel in concrete forms for roadways, foundations and structures. The aluminum fascia on high rise window walls is also erected by ironworkers. The majority of work done by ironworkers is perform outside and at heights. Ability and ability to work comfortably above the ground are a must.
Ironworkers often travel to job sites out of town or where no public transportation is available. A valid drivers license and good, reliable transportation are necessary items. On out of town jobs sites, a daily subsistence allowance is provided.
Union ironworkers and employers sponsor a four year apprenticeship program. Training is conducted in classroom and on the job site. Ironworker apprentices attend a four week, daytime training session each year of their apprenticeship. Classes are normally held during the winter and spring months.
Applications for Apprenticeship are available on Wednesdays between 9am to 1pm.
To qualify for the training Program, an applicant must be:
A. At least 18 years of age at the time of application
B. High school graduate or GED
C. Physically able to perform the work of the trade
Applications must be filled out at the apprenticeship office. Proof or A and B, above, are required at the time of application. Photocopies of a picture ID and high school diploma or GED will satisfy these requirements.
Applicants are placed on the eligibility list by the application score they receive. Points are given for education, previous employment, past employers recommendations, military serve and an in-person interview. Apprentices are selected from the established pool of eligible applicants.
• Conditions of employment include: Valid driver's license and Social Security card, obligation fee to local union and Union Dues.
• Eligible candidates will be subject to a pre-employment Drug Screen upon dispatch and participate in the Drug Free Work Place Program
• All Ironworkers are subject to a Drug Screen by employers to ensure a Drug Free Work Place for everyone
• All Ironworkers are dispatched to jobs
• Terns of the Training Agreement are 6,000 - 8,000 hours of On-The-Job training, 1,500 hours probation, plus 204 hours minimum on non-compensated classroom related training per year for four years in Spokane, WA at the Ironworkers Training Center
• Selection of Apprentices is based on qualifications and objective evaluation, without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, or sex.
• This program is operated on a completely non-discriminatory basis
• All interested persons are encouraged to apply
• 6,000 - 8,000 hours of On-Job-Training
• 4 year program
• 204 hrs/year Related Supplemental Instruction Per Year
• Wages start at 65% of Journeyman Scale
• Pay upgrades every 6 months / 750 hours worked
• Health Care and Benefits Package
• Credit for prior experience
• Drug Free Workplace Program
• Equal Opportunity Employers