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Program Number: 50-437-1
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Ironworker Apprentice Careers

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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.

Details and Requirements

  • 3-year training program
  • 6,000 hours on-the-job training
  • 400 hours paid related instruction hours
  • Additional related instruction may be required

Apprenticeship Information

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Meet required norms on aptitude test (if required)
  • Physically able to perform trade
  • Valid driver's license or reliable transportation

Wisconsin Technical College Ironworker Apprentice Programs

Ironworker Apprentice
Mid-State Ironworker Apprentice at Mid-State