What Does An Ironworker Apprentice Do?

The Ironworker is a craftsman who fabricates, erects, assembles, and installs fabrication structural products, usually large steel beams, in the erection of industrial, commercial, or large residential buildings. The structural Ironworker erects the framework of bridges, buildings, and others structures including metal storage buildings and overhead crane runways that support heavy equipment. The reinforcing Ironworker (rodman) sets bars or mesh in concrete in buildings and bridges. The ornamental Ironworker installs stairways, catwalks, gratings, grills, screens, fences, and decorative Ironworker.

Working Conditions
With the exception of some ornamental ironwork, remolding and repair work, and the occasions where temporary shelters can be set up, most of the work is done outdoors. Most iron work can be carried on your round except in instances of very severe weather.

What Does An Ironworker Apprentice Do?
Our apprentices attend school one day a week for 11 months through-out the year; our school year runs from June to May (with the month of July off.)  The program is 4 years and a minimum of 301 hours of annual classroom instruction .   Apprentices will receive training in the trade studying hands on and technical skills during school and on the job training.   When work is available in the trade, apprentices may work in the field, learning from skilled Journeymen on the job.  Apprentices begin at 60% of Journeyman wages and earn a 5% increase each six months throughout our four year program. Apprentices also earn an associate’s degree in - Associate of Applied Science in Apprenticeship Technology: Ironworker from Ivy Tech.  Apprentices must pay for their training books (approximately $500), monthly union dues, and union initiation fees.

With Journeyman status comes many benefits including: membership in one of the most respected construction trades Unions, the security of being recognized throughout the U.S. and Canada as a qualified Journeyman Ironworker.

General Qualifications

1.    Education – High school graduate or equivalent with official transcripts or GED/HSE scores (or currently a high school senior)
2.    Good physical condition – Must be able to perform the work of the trade
3.    Drug Testing is mandatory

The Ironworkers Local 395 Apprenticeship School JATC does not discriminate in the provision of employment opportunities, benefits or privileges; to create discriminatory work conditions; or to use discriminatory evaluative standards in employment if the basis of that discriminatory treatment is, in whole or in part, the person's race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, status as a victim of intra-family violence, genetic information, disability, source of income, and place of residence or business.

What you need to do to apply for the apprentice program?

Application period is:              

ON-LINE APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN!

The Ironworkers Local 395 Apprenticeship School JATC does not discriminate in the provision of employment opportunities, benefits or privileges; to create discriminatory work conditions; or to use discriminatory evaluative standards in employment if the basis of that discriminatory treatment is, in whole or in part, the person's race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, status as a victim of intra-family violence, genetic information, disability, source of income, and place of residence or business.

Full list of required qualifications and selection procedures can be viewed here.

Application Requirements
1.    Birth Certificate Copy
2.    Official/Sealed copy of high school transcripts or GED/HSE test scores
3.    Valid driver’s license
4.    $10.00 filing fee MUST BE A MONEY ORDER OR CASHIER's CHECK (amount subject to change)

Admission Process of the Joint Apprenticeship Committees
1.    Complete Application
2.    General aptitude test
3.    Personal interview
4.    Ergonomic physical evaluation

**A valid driver's license is needed at each step of the admission process.

 

For more information contact:
Local 395 Apprentice School

890 E. 25th Ave.   Lake Station, Indiana 46305
Phone:  219-962-7675
Email:  iw395jac@msn.com

 

Apprenticeship Application

Ironworkers Local 395 Apprenticeship Application

Please review the following information before starting your application.

(The full list of qualifications and procedures for the application process can be viewed here.)

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Applicant must be 18 years of age.
  • A high school diploma or GED equivalency is required, and must be sent from the school to the training center.
  • Applicants must be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the apprenticeship program, pass a doctor's physical, and a drug screening.
  • Applicant's must pass an aptitude test.
  • Applicant must be a legal resident of the United States.
  • Applicants must provide a copy of their Driver's License and Birth Certificate.
  • Qualities such as interest, character, cooperativeness, judgement and similar factors which promise successful completion of the individual's apprenticeship and performance as a journeyworker will be determined by giving a fair and impartial interview and/or testing.

Application Procedures:

  1. Applications will be accepted throughout the year at varying intervals via online application at the Ironworkers 395 website. All persons will be required to possess a valid driver's license and provide documentation upon application submission.
  2. All applications will be identical in form and requirements. The application form will have an auto generated number sequence.
  3. Each applicant must review the Selection Procedures (link above) and will review information about the program. If there are any additional questions, they can contact via email or phone a representative of the JATC (contact info available on website).
  4. Receipt of the properly completed application form, along with required supporting documents (proof of age, driver's license, birth certificate, and/or other acceptable documentation; official high school transcripts, GED certificate and scores, or other documentation) will constitute the completed application. Copies of documents must be submitted within 14 business days of the date of application. Proof of intended completion may be submitted for applicants in the process of finishing GED or Graduation Diploma. Each person can only apply once a year.
  5. Applicants will receive testing information after submitting the completed application with all supporting documentation. A driver's license is required at the testing site.
  6. Applicants meeting the required criteria of a 70% minimum test score will be notified via email a time and date of interview. Applicants will also receive 3 reference letter forms to be filled out and brought with them to the interview.
  7. Selected applicants shall take their drug test immediately after completion of the ergonomic physical, at the same test site. Each applicant must PASS the drug screen or no further processing of the application will take place.
  8. Completed applications will be checked for minimum qualifications. Applicants not passing the drug screening, deficient in one or more qualifications or requirements, or making false statements on their application will be notified in writing of their disqualification. 
  9. Applicants who have previously been indentured into this Apprenticeship Program shall be permitted to reapply. These persons may request, in writing, a hearing with the JATC for reinstatement.

Click here to begin the online application.