The iron working industry is very strenuous and most tedious. An Ironworker must be alert at all times in order to perform the duties of connecting, welding, installing decking, in addition to climbing, lifting, sitting, standing, bending and pulling of the steel in the erection of buildings and spanning of bridges.

An Ironworker is a stalwart individual with a great deal of upper body strength for twisting, turning, and awkward postures of the back. Blueprint and drafting reading are a part of the training to become an Ironworker and safety is a plus in training and working side by side with co-workers and other Craftsmen.

Local 48’s Apprentice program allows its students to receive the most up to date training available in every aspect of the ironworking trade. An ironworker apprentice will earn while they learn. Apprentices attend classes on Saturdays so that they can continue to work full time during the week. The training received will consist of on the job and classroom training.

The classroom training will cover subjects that are used every day by Journeyman Ironworkers including welding, blueprint reading, fabrication practices, math, and precision instrument set up and use.

Other subjects include ornamental iron and curtain wall systems used in storefronts and other locations. Apprentices will also be instructed in the use, placement and tying of reinforcing steel used in every aspect of concrete construction. Ironworkers also work hand in hand with various types of cranes and heavy lift machinery.

Apprentices are instructed in the use and placement of most up to date rigging technology available to Ironworkers today. One of the most important subjects for construction today is safety. Ironworker apprentices receive extensive safety training dealing not only with subjects pertaining to ironwork but in every facet of today’s construction sites.

Upon successful completion of the Apprentice program, graduates will receive the title of Journeyman Ironworker. A title that comes with a long, proud history of tradition and pride. That pride comes from the knowledge that you are the best in what you do and the organization that you belong.

If you would like to apply to the Apprenticeship, please contact:

Randy Palumbo, Apprenticeship Coordinator, at (405) 634-3924.

Zachary Briant, Assistant Apprenticeship Coordinator