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Madison WI 53704

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Ironworker Apprentice

Apprenticeship Completion

Program number: 504371


Work Description

Ironwork includes the fabrication, production, erection and construction of iron, steel, ornamental lead, bronze and similar materials in the erection of industrial, commercial or large residential buildings. Ironworkers also erect the steel framework of bridges, buildings and other structures, including metal storage tanks and overhead crane runways that support heavy equipment. They frequently are required to lift and carry heavy loads 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 of on-the-job training
  • 400 hours of 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, and the basics of structural erecting, rigging, reinforcing, welding and burning, ornamental erection, and assembling.

Learn more from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

Program Details

Ironworker Apprenticeship classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Commercial Avenue

Explore financial aid eligibility for Ironworker Apprentice.

All courses for this program are offered only in person.


How to Apply

You must apply directly to the Madison Bricklayer's Joint Apprenticeship Committee (the application does not go through Madison College).

Follow the application procedure for union ironworking apprenticeship from the Building Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin. You may also contact:

Madison Ironworker Joint Apprenticeship Committee
1602 S. Park St.
Madison, WI 53715
(608) 256-3162

Application Requirements

  • 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

The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2015-2016 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester


Madison College Ironworking Apprenticeship graduates are prepared to:  

  • Unload and distribute various materials and handle tools and equipment.
  • Practice safety procedures.
  • Perform layout fabrication and erection of ornamental work.
  • Perform layout, fitting, connecting and hooking on bolting and welding or structural steel.
  • Use, erect and model cranes and equipment.
  • Handle rigging, tying knots, and cable and rope splicing.
  • Crib and use proper ways to set up jacks and placement of rollers.
  • Move and set up machinery.
  • Perform acetylene and electric welding, burning and cutting, and demonstrate proper handling of tanks and equipment.
  • Erect pre-engineered metal building systems, including all accessories, components and parts.