Ironworker Training

What is Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship combines classroom studies with on the job training under the supervision of a journey-level craftsperson or trade professional.  You earn a living wage with health care, retirement and other benefits while learning skills.  Wages increase progressively as your abilities increase.  After completing an apprenticeship program, your journey level status provides an additional benefit of nationwide mobility at journey-level scale.  Once you have decided on a trade, apply to the apprenticeship program in your area offering training in that specialty.  There may not be immediate openings, so you may need to join a waiting list.  Apprenticeship is a rewarding but demanding choice that requires determination, commitment, a good attitude and physical conditioning to succeed.  For those who meet the challenges of apprenticeship, the rewards are substantial.  He or she is a highly trained and skilled worker whose qualifications are recognized and respected throughout the industry.

A successful Apprentice
Apprenticeship is a valued system and an excellent way to learn skills and develop a career while making a good living wage with benefits.  An apprentice chooses a trade that he or she really enjoys and wants to learn.  A successful apprentices experience takes both patience and persistence.  Apprentices make a commitment to a career and to "hang in there" which means completing the two to three years of the program regardless of layoffs.

Are you Apprentice ready?
You are an excellent apprentice candidate if you have the following:

  • Good work ethic
  • Positive attitude
  • Aptitude for the trade/occupation
  • Ability to pass random drug and alcohol tests
  • Valid drivers license
  • Reliable transportation
  • Education required for the trade
  • Basic knowledge of hand and power tools and how to use them safely
  • Stable living situation and a phone
  • Ability to meet the requirements for the chosen trade

APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING
Apprentice's attend schooling at one of four accredited training centres in Ontario.

Structural Iron Worker Apprentices can attend:
Local 700 Windsor
Local 721 Toronto
Local 736 Hamilton
Local 786 Sault Ste. Marie

Reinforcing Iron Worker Apprentices can attend:
Local 700 Windsor
Local 721 Toronto
Local 736 Hamilton

Structural Apprentices are required to purchase their own books for school, as listed below.

First Year
Structural Reference Manual and Student Workbook & Drawings
Rigging for Ironworkers Reference Manual and Student Workbook
Mathematics for Ironworkers Reference Manual and Student Workbook
Introduction to Blueprint Reading Reference Manual and Student Workbook & Drawings

Second Year
Cranes Reference Manual and Student Workbook

Third Year
Layout Instruments for Ironworkers Reference Manual and Student Workbook
Architectural and Ornamental Reference Manual and Student Workbook & Drawings
Conveyor Installation & Industrial Maintenance for Ironworkers and Student Workbook & Drawings