Careers In Construction
Iron Worker (Updated May 2009)
Must show a birth certificate.
Iron Workers must be able to perform in the following categories: structural, ornamental, reinforcing and machinery moving and rigging. This work includes erecting structural steel bridges, viaducts, subways, tunnels, roof decking, pre-stressed and post-stressed concrete; applying sheeting to structural steel frames; and installing metal stairways, catwalks, floor gratings, iron ladders, ornamental grilles and screens, decorative iron-work fences, balconies and chain link fences.
Length of Apprenticeship:
Three (3) years. Apprentices attend school two nights per week September–May. Apprentices also work five days a week receiving on-the-job training.
1st 6 mos. & 1000 hours: not less than 60%
2nd 6 mos. & 1000 hours: not less than 70%
3rd 6 mos. & 1000 hours: not less than 75%
4th 6 mos. & 1000 hours: not less than 80%
5th 6 mos. & 1000 hours: not less than 85%
6th 6 mos. & 1000 hours: not less than 90%
Health Insurance covered at 100% Defined Benefit Pension and Annuity Plan
Must be at least 18 years old.
Must have photo identification.
Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. Certificate.
Must have transcripts of grades.
Must have transportation to and from work and school.
Must pass an aptitude test.
Must take an oral interview.
Must have a valid driver’s license.
Must be drug free.
Must show proof of residency.
Must live within the jurisdictional limits of Local 444.
Must be able to withstand extreme weather conditions.
Iron Workers work in all types of weather conditions and sometimes at great heights. The work is hard, and at times may be hazardous.
Recommended Preparatory Classes:
Mathematics, drafting and shop or construction classes.
Must be in good physical condition.
Must show up at classes and work when required.
Complete application at the JATC office. (Check local newspapers for dates or call the office at the number below.)
(Helpful, but not necessary for acceptance.) Familiarity with any type of construction work, welding or drafting is beneficial.
Take and pass a general aptitude test.
Applicants must submit a physician’s note stating that they are physically capable of performing the work of an Iron Worker.
A combination of the test scores will be used to determine the rank of an applicant.
Applicants with the highest rank are chosen to enter the program.
Iron Workers Local Union #444
2082 Oakleaf St.
Joliet, Illinois 60436
Phone: (815) 725-0725
Fax: (815) 725-0147