What is an Iron Worker Apprentice?
An Iron Worker apprentice is a training-level employee who works in the Iron Working industry while also attending classes to learn industry skills and safety techniques. Wages for an apprentice increase over the course of this training, which lasts four years. An apprentice who graduates to journey-person is recognized as a well-qualified worker who can command the best wages and benefits.
What are the qualifications to become an Iron Worker Apprentice?
Qualifications to become an Iron Worker apprentice include a strong foundation of math and literacy skills, a high school or an equivalency diploma, and the ability to successfully complete an aptitude test. Additionally a qualified candidate must be physically fit, drug-free, have access to reliable transportation, and have proof of citizenship or the legal right to work in the U.S.
How to become an Iron Worker Apprentice:
Download and complete the application at the top of this page. Return the application via mail or in person to:
Iron Workers Local 60
500 West Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13204
The completed application and two letters of recommendation, from a previous employer or teacher, are all that is required at the time of application.
- AGE - Eighteen years of age
Additional information to be submitted at time of acceptance to the program:
- Birth Certificate
- High school diploma or GED
- School transcripts
- Valid driver's license and proof of reliable transportation to classes and work
- Veterans may supply copy of DD214
Applications will not be processed until minimum qualifications are met.
Applications may be updated at anytime.
Ranking Of Applicants
Applicants are ranked numerically on an eligibility list for Apprenticeship entry. Ranking points are given for education, previous employment, past employers, recommendations, and for military service.
Classes useful in preparation for a career in the Union Iron Working industry are:
- Drafting and blueprint reading
- Construction technology
- Shop classes
This is a four year program. 204 hours of related classroom training shall be required each year.
Classes are held on Saturdays from 7:00am - 12:00pm at the training center in Syracuse.
The class year begins in September with Saturday classes running until the weekend before Thanksgiving, a holiday break until after January 1st, then Saturday classes resume along with a two week block training period. Classes conclude in early April.
Apprentice Wages (as of July 1, 2021):
1st 12 months and at least 1500 hours - $19.50 per hour.
2nd 12 months and at least 3000 hours - $21.50 per hour.
3rd 12 months and at least 4500 hours - $23.50 per hour.
4th 12 months and at least 6000 hours - $25.50 per hour.