apprenticeship

ABOUT OUR APPRENTICESHIP

Are you willing to work hard and get paid well while being trained by some of the best instructors in the industry? If so, then you may have what it takes to become an Ironworker Apprentice.

Our Apprenticeship Program is a three-year program and administered by our Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee. The Committee consists of three contractor representatives from the Union Ironworker Employers Association of Central Pennsylvania and three union representatives from Ironworkers Local 404 who oversee certification, training and funding for the program. Our training is registered with the U.S. Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training and the Pennsylvania Apprenticeship and Training Council.

Unlike trade schools, you don't pay us. You'll be on the job earning a good living while you learn the trade. Current apprentices can start at $18.01 per hour and can earn up to $27.02, plus accrue health care and other benefits immediately.

There's no getting around it – the work is demanding – and much of it is outdoors. There are requirements similar to those of other building trade apprenticeship programs:

  • Minimum age of 18    

  • High school diploma or GED    

  • Good physical condition

  • The ability to pass drug and alcohol screenings    

  • Have a valid drivers license and access to a vehicle – many job sites are in remote areas that are NOT served by public transportation.

HOW DO I BECOME AN APPRENTICE?

If you’re up to the challenge and are interested in becoming an Ironworker and live in one of the following counties – Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Union, York and portions of Franklin, Huntingdon, Lancaster, Lebanon and Schuylkill Counties - please visit the Local 404 Union Hall for an application.

**If you do not reside in one of the counties listed, please visit http://www.impact-net.org for the local in your area.**

WHEN ARE APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED?

Apprenticeship applications are accepted year-round Monday thru Friday 8:00am to 2:00pm at Iron Workers Local Union No. 404 Union Hall, 981 N Peiffers Lane, Harrisburg, PA 17109.

When you come in to fill out an Application, YOU MUST HAVE:

  • Driver's License   

  • Copy of High School Diploma or GED   

  • Proof of a Recent Physical

  • Address & Phone Number for 3 Professional References

  • You also need access to a vehicle – many job sites are in remote areas that are NOT served by public transportation.

    YOU MUST COMPLETE THE APPLICATION AT THE HALL - NO TAKE-HOME APPLICATIONS!
    Applications are kept on file for two years.  Testing and accepting of an apprentice class depends on work situation and the project need.

    WHAT WILL I LEARN?
    An Ironworker Apprentice of Local 404 learns various skills necessary for on the job success including:

  • Structural steel erection

  • Rigging

  • Blueprint reading

  • Welding, flame cutting and plasma arc welding and cutting

  • Reinforcing concrete

  • Fence installation 

  • Architectural and ornamental erection

  • Scaffold Use 

  • Pre-engineered metal buildings

  • Post-tensioned reinforcing systems 

  • Precast safety and erection

  • Fork lift operations

In addition to these ‘hands on’ activities, demonstrations by equipment suppliers and classroom lectures, Apprentices will have instruction time on various safety related issues such as:

  • 10-Hour OSHA Training

  • OSHA Sub-Part R

  • OSHA 30-Hour Safety Course

  • Hazardous Material Training

  • Lead Hazardous Training for Ironworkers

  • Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Training for Ironworkers

  • Disaster Response Training for Ironworkers

Lastly, apprentices will learn the history of our union, mathematics for the Ironworker and various metrics that set Ironworkers apart from other trades.

WHAT HAPPENS ONCE I SIGN UP TO TAKE THE TEST?

You will be required to take our aptitude test which will test your math, reading and measurement skills. If you score 50% or higher on our aptitude test, you will then be asked to participate in an interview with our Apprenticeship Committee. Your interview will be scored and if your score is high enough, you will be placed on our acceptance list.

When the need for more apprentices arises, we take the top scores from the acceptance list and offer them a spot in the apprenticeship program. Each time a test and interviews are given, the interview scores are added to the acceptance list in the appropriate order. The highest scores are placed near the top and the lower scores are placed near the bottom.

Our list is constantly being updated each time we offer testing. As apprentices are accepted or as new tests are given, you may move up or down the list depending on your score.

HOW OFTEN IS TESTING OFFERED?

We test for apprentices on an as needed basis and provide six week’s notice prior to the test.