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Ironworker Apprenticeship

Work Description

The work includes the fabrication, production, erection and construction of iron, steel, ornamental lead, bronze, etc. in the erection of industrial, commercial or large residential buildings. They erect the steel framework of bridges, buildings and other structures including metal storage tanks and overhead crane runways that support heavy equipment. Ironworkers are frequently required to lift and carry heavy load or rebar. They also set steel bars or steel mesh in concrete forms to strengthen concrete in buildings and bridges.

Working Conditions

With the exception of some ornamental ironwork, remodeling and repair work, and the occasions where temporary shelters can be set up, most of the work is done outdoors. Most ironwork can be carried on year round except for in instances of very severe weather. Ironworkers frequently work at great heights. The work is physically demanding and may involve extensive travel.


  • 4 year training program
  • 6,500 hours of on-the-job learning
  • 576 hours of paid related instruction hours—currently one evening per week during the school year
  • 300 hours of unpaid related instruction to be completed on apprentice’s own time

Studies include blueprint reading; mathematics for layout work; the basics of structural erecting, rigging, reinforcing, welding, and burning, ornamental erection, and assembling.


Application requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have high school diploma or equivalent
  • Meet required norms on aptitude test (if required)
  • Be physically able to perform trade
  • Have valid driver’s license or reliable transportation
  • Take and pass a drug test at time of placement

How can I apply to be an ironworker apprentice?

  1. Send an email to Pete Stern indicating that you are interested in becoming an ironworker apprentice. Be sure to include:
    • Your name
    • Your address
    • Your telephone number
    You will be notified of a date, time, and location for an application and orientation session about two–three (2–3) weeks before the next possible session.
  2. Contact Mid-State Technical College to complete the Accuplacer.
  3. Bring the following materials to the application and orientation session:
    • Proof of age (driver’s license, state-issued ID card, birth certificate, or passport)
    • Copy of high school diploma or equivalent
    • Copy of transcript of all school records
    • Copy of Accuplacer scores (Arithmetic & Reading Comprehension sections)
    • Copy of military service record (DD-214)

Who can answer questions related to Ironworkers Local 383?

Local Business Agent Adam Maves
220 Johnson St.
Wisconsin Rapids, WI  54495
Adam Maves

Ironworker Coordinator Pete Stern
5501 Manufacturers Dr.
Madison, WI  53704
Pete Stern