Careers In Construction

Iron Worker (Updated May 2009)

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.

Wage Information:

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

Basic Requirements:

  • Must show a birth certificate.

  • 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.

  • Working 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 able to withstand extreme weather conditions.

  • Must be in good physical condition.

  • Must show up at classes and work when required.

  • Work Experience:

    (Helpful, but not necessary for acceptance.) Familiarity with any type of construction work, welding or drafting is beneficial.

    Entry Process:

  • Complete application at the JATC office. (Check local newspapers for dates or call the office at the number below.)

  • 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.

  • Contact:

    Kenneth Kobus
    Iron Workers Local Union #444
    2082 Oakleaf St.
    Joliet, Illinois 60436
    Phone: (815) 725-0725
    Fax: (815) 725-0147

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