What is an Apprentice?

An apprentice is a training-level employee who works in the building and construction trades while also attending classes to learn industry skills and safety techniques. Wages for an apprentice increase over the course of this training, which lasts from two to five years depending on the trade. An apprentice who graduates to journey-person is recognized as a well-qualified worker who can command the best wages and benefits.

What are the qualifications to become an apprentice?

Qualifications to become an apprentice include a strong foundation of math and literacy skills, a high school or an equivalency diploma, and the ability to successfully complete an aptitude test. Additionally a qualified candidate must be physically fit, drug-free, have access to reliable transportation, and have proof of citizenship or the legal right to work in the U.S.   

What are the benefits of an Apprenticeship Training and Union Membership?

Apprenticeship training provides individuals with the skills needed to compete economically and work safely. Union members of the building and construction trades typically receive higher wages and better benefits than those employed by non-union contractors.  

Apprenticeship Requirements:
AGE - Eighteen years of age

1. Birth Certificate
2. High school diploma or GED
3. School transcripts
4. Veterans may supply copy of DD214.
5. Valid driver's license 

Applications will not be processed until minimum qualifications are met. 


Applicants are ranked numerically on an eligibility list for Apprenticeship entry. Ranking points are given for education, previous employment, past employers, recommendations, and for military service. Classes useful in preparation for a career in the Union Ironworking industry are:

1. Mathematics
2. Drafting and blueprint reading
3. Construction technology
4. Shop classes
5. Welding  


This is a four year program. 204 hours of related classroom training shall be required each year.  
All related training is mandatory for apprentice 


lst period 9 months in length70 % of Journeyman rate.
2nd period 9 months in length 75% of Journeyman rate.
3rd period 9 months in length 80% of Journeyman rate.
4th period 9 months in length 85% of Journeyman rate.
5th period 6 months in length 90% of Journeyman rate.
6th period 6 months in length 95% of Journeyman rate