What is an Ironworker?Ironworkers are skilled workers who erect, assemble or install fabricated structural metal products, usually large metal beams. These beams are used in the erection of industrial, commercial or large residential buildings. Ironworkers also erect the steel framework on bridges, storage tanks and overhead crane runways that support heavy equipment. They also erect pre-cast concrete, reinforcement steel for concrete, ornamental iron work such as stairways, catwalks, gratings, grills, screens, siding and metal windows. Ironworkers who do rigging work move heavy machinery, pressure vessels, storage tanks and materials.
How do I prepare for the trade?
The following will be helpful:•Good reading ability•Algebra and general math •Blueprint reading•Mechanical drawing•Welding
How do I qualify?
•At least 18 years of age•Possess a high school diploma or GED•Have a valid driver's license•Pass a drug test
What are the program specifics?•Length of program - 4 years•6 month probationary period•A minimum of 224 hours of classroom related instruction each year•Starting pay - 60% journeyman wage
Overview of the program:
Ironworkers Local 550 Apprenticeship is a four-year program. DRUG SCREENS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL APPRENTICES THROUGHOUT THE APPRENTICESHIP FIRST YEAR APPRENTICE•Structural – manuals and workbooks•Pre-engineered building – manuals and workbooks•OSHA 10-hour safety course w/standard Sub-part R•Power Line Hazard Awareness Seminar (4 hours)•Oxy-fuel cutting•Introduction to welding•First Aid/CPR•Structural and Pre-Engineered Blueprint Reading•Steel Handling and Erection Safety (4 hours)•Welding and Oxy-Fuel cutting safety (4 hours)•Instruments: Theodolight and Transit (8 hours)
SECOND YEAR APPRENTICE•Reinforcing and Post-Tensioning – manuals and workbooks•Reinforcing and Post-Tensioning blueprint reading•Welding (stick)•Oxy-Fuel Cutting•Plasma Arc Cutting•Crane Safety (4 hours)•Post-Tensioning Certification – PT-1 (Post-Tensioning Institute)•Welding Certification•Instruments: Theodolight and Transit (8 hours)
THIRD YEAR APPRENTICE•Rigging – manuals and workbooks•Welding (innershield and stick)•Instruments: Theodolight and Transit (8 hours)•Tele-Handler and Forklift Training and Certification•Scissor Lift Certification (electric and RT)•Complete 30-hour OSHA (including Sub-Part R)
FOURTH YEAR APPRENTICE•Ornamental – manuals and workbooks•Instruments: Theodolight and Transits (8 hours)•Welding (innershield)•Man-Lift Certification•Pre-Cast Erection*After completion of the fourth year of the apprenticeship, the apprentice must be able to complete and successfully pass the State ODOT Welding Certification.All of our apprentices receive college credits as they go through our apprenticeship, as we are linked through Cuyahoga Community College.
Where do I apply?
Must Apply In Person at: Ironworkers Local No. 550 J.A.C. 618 High Avenue, N.W.Canton, Ohio 44703 MONDAY - FRIDAY, APRIL 29 - MAY 3 from 7 a.m. to NOON and 1 p.m to 3:30 p.m. and SATURDAY, MAY 4 FROM 8 a.m. TO NOON AND MONDAY - FRIDAY, MAY 6 - MAY 10 from 7 a.m. to NOON and 1 p.m to 3:30 p.m.
You must have a valid driver's license, high school diploma or equivalent, social security card, birth certificate, transcript of grades, proof of residence and 3 references. Also if you have been in the military a DD214 must be provided as well. Apprentices begin at $17.34/hr. with additional wage increase every 6 mos. over a 4 year period and benefits.
Must apply in person at 618 High Ave NW, Canton, OH 44703 MONDAY - FRIDAY, APRIL 29 - MAY 3 from 7 a.m. to NOON and 1 p.m to 3:30 p.m. and SATURDAY, MAY 4 FROM 8 a.m. TO NOON AND MONDAY - FRIDAY, MAY 6 - MAY 10 from 7 a.m. to NOON and 1 p.m to 3:30 p.m. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE!