Training Center & Apprenticeship Information
What is an Apprentice Ironworker?
An Apprentice Ironworker is a person who is in training to become a Journeyman. Apprentices assist Journeymen in their duties, or they work at tasks alone under the supervision of Journeymen.
Skilled Ironworkers are developed – not born. The skill set of a high-quality Journeyman Ironworker is not acquired merely by a few months on the job or by watching some of the job operations. These skills are acquired only through a specific program of training under the supervision of a skilled craftsman. These skills are then perfected through experience in a series of job situations, combined with a parallel program of study and related instruction. 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 634 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 ($25.00/hour) that the Apprentice will receive.
- *1st Period (3 months): 70% at $17.50/hour
- 2nd Period (3 months): 75% at $18.75/hour
- 3rd Period (6 months): 80% at $20.00/hour
- 4th Period (6 months): 85% at $21.25/hour
- 5th Period (6 months): 90% at $22.50/hour
- 6th Period (6 months): 93% at $23.25/hour
- 7th Period (6 months): 97% at $24.25/hour
*Apprentices in the 1st Period receive no fringe benefits, YET they are still required to withhold 8% of their pay for working assessments.
Notes for Perspective 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 site.
- Apprentices must be able to lift 75 lbs. of tools in all shapes in 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 kinds of 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. (You can see the list here.)
Apply soon (see above for more information) to be placed on the Apprenticeship Training Schedule. Click here to see the calendar of all upcoming classes scheduled through the year 2023.
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.
Please see the training schedule listed above, or contact the Apprenticeship Hall for further information at 918-234-4980.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The recruitment selection, employment and training of apprentices, during their apprenticeship, shall be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex or age (except the minimum age of 18).