Training Center & Apprenticeship Information
What is an Apprentice Ironworker?
An Apprentice Ironworker is a person who is in training to become a Journeyman Ironworker. Apprentices assist Journeymen in their duties, or they work at tasks under the supervision of Journeymen.
Skilled Ironworkers are developed – not born. The skills of a highly qualified Journeyman Ironworker is not acquired merely by a few months on the job. These skills are acquired only through a specific program of classroom instruction and hands-on training under the supervision of skilled craftsmen. Such a program is known as an “Apprenticeship.” It is the type of training that takes place as a result of a cooperative plan and employment.
The Apprenticeship Training Program
The Ironworkers Apprenticeship Program includes 3 years of reasonably continuous employment in an approved schedule, as well as 636 hours of related instruction. Each Apprentice will be required to attend classes in related supplemental instruction for a minimum of 212 hours per year. Apprentice earnings are based on a percentage of a Journeyman’s wage (see below).
Apprentices are instructed in safe and healthy work practices in compliance with Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) standards. The Apprenticeship Program is conducted in accordance with the standards approved by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training under the United States Department of Labor.
There are 7 periods that each Apprentice must work through before becoming a Journeyman Ironworker. Each advancement to the next period increases the percentage of a Journeyman’s pay ($26.75/hour) that the Apprentice will receive.
- 1st Period (3 months): 70% at $19.60/hour*
- 2nd Period (3 months): 75% at $21.00/hour
- 3rd Period (6 months): 80% at $22.40/hour
- 4th Period (6 months): 85% at $23.80/hour
- 5th Period (6 months): 90% at $25.20/hour
- 6th Period (6 months): 93% at $26.04/hour
- 7th Period (6 months): 97% at $27.16/hour
*Apprentices in the 1st Period receive no fringe benefits, YET they are still required to withhold 5% of their pay for working assessments.
Notes for Prospective Applicants
Before you apply to be an Apprentice Ironworker, there are some things you need to know.
- All Apprentices must have a reliable means of transportation to and from every class and/or job assignment.
- Apprentices must be able to lift 75 lbs. of tools in all shapes and sizes, from the ground to over the head.
- Regular drug testing will be required through the Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT).
- Apprentices will be offered work assignments such as structural, reinforcing, ornamental, heavy maintenance or other ironworking projects. Apprentices must be willing to accept all work assignments.
- Each Apprentice will have to read through, agree to and sign the Ironworkers’ Standards of Excellence.
Applications are accepted on the first Monday of each month from 8:00am – 3:00pm. When the first Monday of the month falls on a recognized holiday (New Year’s Day, Independence Day, or Labor Day), applications are accepted on the second Monday of the month. All applications must be completed onsite.
Applicants must bring 2 forms of ID, as specified in the “List of Acceptable Documents” on the I-9 Form.
Journeyman Upgrade Classes
Ironworkers Local No. 584 and the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) both believe that continued education and training are key to maintaining a highly skilled workforce. This training helps to ensure that each member is more employable and that our signatory contractors remain competitive in today’s market. To those ends, there are upgrade classes available - free of charge - to each member of this local. Some certifications have prerequisite requirements. For a list of these, please see the members only section
Please see the training schedule listed for 2023
, or contact the Apprenticeship Hall for further information at 918-234-4980.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Ironworkers Local 584 Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee will not discriminate against applicants or apprentices based on RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEX (INCLUDING PREGNANCY AND GENDER IDENTITY), SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENETIC INFORMATION, OR BECAUSE THEY ARE AN INDIVIDUAL WITH A DISABILITY OR A PERSON 40 YEARS OR OLDER.
Ironworkers Local 584 Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 30.