Ironworking Apprenticeship

Work Description Construction_of_steel

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.

Working Conditions

With the exception of some ornamental ironwork, remodeling and repair work, and the occasions where temporary shelters can be set up, most of the work is done outdoors. Most ironwork can be carried on year round except in instances of very severe weather. Ironworkers frequently work at great heights. The work is physically demanding and may involve extensive travel.


  • 3 year training program
  • 6,400 hours on-the-job training
  • 400 hours paid related instruction
  • Apprentice must complete Red Cross First Aid, CPR, and OSHA Safety training Courses
  • Apprentice must in his/her final year complete the Transition-To-Trainer Course

Studies include blueprint reading, mathematics for layout work, the basics of structural erecting, rigging, reinforcing, welding, and burning’ ornamental erection, and assembling.

You can find more information on the Department of Workforce Development of Wisconsin web page. 

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