Requirements for Our Apprenticeship Program

  • At least 18 years old
  • Reliable Transportation
  • High School Diploma or GED is not required
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Social Security Card
  • Drug Free
  • Physically capable of performing work
  • Willingness to be trained
  • Willingness to work as Part of a Team
  • Highly motivated, positive attitude
  • Application Information

If you meet all of the requirements and are seriously interested in becoming part of our team here at Iron Workers Local Union 798 Click Here to fill out our Apprenticeship Application.  We look forward to meeting you!
Only serious applicants please!


Apprentices have a long history dating back to ancient Greece when young workers entered a term of service, now called indentureship, to a skilled tradesman to learn his craft. Things are much the same today. Currently, an apprentice is an employee who learns a skilled trade through planned, supervised work on-the-job, while at the same time receiving related technical classroom instruction. Apprentices are required to sign an indenture agreement with their Joint Apprenticeship Committee/Trade Improvement Committee that spells out the requirements and expectations of an apprentice ironworker.      

Apprentices are taught the proper use, care, and safe handling of the tools and equipment used in connection with their work and, of course, the important skills necessary to become a successful trades-person.  

While working on-the-job and acquiring skills, apprentices are a regular part of the work force on whom contractors and co-workers rely. But remember that apprentices are also required to attend ironworking school and complete the prescribed courses related to the trade in order to complement their on-the-job training. Apprentices will receive an evaluation about every 6 months to determine if they are learning the craft. If the on-the-job or schoolwork is not satisfactory, they may be dropped from the program or sent back to repeat that segment of training. If, however, the work is good they will receive a pay raise. That’s right, pay raises usually occur every 6 months!



  • 39% of college graduates will take 10 plus years paying off student loans.
  • Learn the most current and cutting edge skills in the Ironworking Industry through Apprentice Training.


 Most ironworker apprenticeships last 3 or 4 years depending on the local union requirements. An ideal schedule provides equal training in structural, reinforcing, ornamental, welding, and rigging. The actual length of training for each subject may vary depending on the predominant type of work available in the local area.

Apprentices are required to receive at least 204 hours of classroom and shop instruction during every year of training. The subjects taken in the shop and classroom complement the hands-on training received in the field. The subjects include blueprint reading, care and safe use of tools, mathematics, safety issues, welding and oxy-acetylene flame cutting.

  • Complete cooperation and willingness to learn
  • Regular school attendance
  • Dependability on the job
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • The development of safe work habits
  • Perform a day’s work for a day’s pay
  • Be drug and alcohol free


  • Constant standing and walking indoors and outdoors, at times on uneven terrain
  • Frequent lifting, carrying tools, equipment and/or metal stock up to 50 pounds 
  • Occasional climbing stairs, ladders and/or scaffolding 
  • Constant bending and/or twisting at waist, knees and/or neck while performing job functions 
  • Constant kneeling and/or crouching while performing duties at or near ground level 
  • Frequent working in awkward positions and cramped spaces 
  • Constant use of both hands and arms in reaching, handing or grasping, with frequent overhead reaching required while using tools and equipment necessary in job performance 
  • Constant use of vision in performing duties and in maintaining a safe work environment 
  • Sight requirements include hand/eye/foot coordination & visual acuity in near- and mid-range 
  • Constant use of speech and hearing abilities in communication with coworkers & supervisors 
  • Constant mental alertness and attention to detail to maintain a safe work environment
  • Must be able to plan and organize work for completion of assignments in a timely manner
  • Must possess good mechanical aptitude and spatial reasoning abilities in order to develop procedures and determine best method to accomplish desired results
  • Must possess good mathematical skills including fractions, decimals, algebra and trigonometry in order to do calculations in fabrication work
  • Must be able to read and understand technical information and standards, manuals, Material Safety Data Sheets, work orders, blueprints and diagrams
  • Must be able to read, write, speak and understand English