We Build Ironworkers

Ironworkers are the backbone of the construction industry, building and erecting the steel frameworks for buildings, bridges, and other structures. Ironworkers have a physically demanding job and must be able to work at great heights while handling heavy equipment and materials. This is a profession that requires precision, strength, and mental agility.

Ironworkers can work on a variety of construction projects, including commercial buildings, sports stadiums, bridges, and towers. They also perform maintenance and repair work on existing structures. Ironworkers install and reinforce steel beams, columns, and other structural components, as well as install stairs, railings, and ornamental ironwork.

The work of an ironworker requires a variety of skills, including reading and interpreting blueprints, operating hand and power tools, welding, rigging, and crane signaling. They also need to be knowledgeable about safety procedures and regulations as they work in hazardous environments, including elevated heights, and with heavy machinery.

Ironworkers undergo a rigorous apprenticeship program, where they learn the necessary skills and techniques through classroom instruction and hands-on training. This program lasts four years and is designed to provide apprentices with the knowledge and experience they need to become skilled professionals. After completing their apprenticeship, ironworkers may continue to advance their career through additional training and certifications.

Being an ironworker is a challenging and rewarding career that provides the opportunity to work on high-profile projects, travel to different locations, and earn a good salary with excellent benefits. Ironworkers are a critical part of the construction industry, and their work helps shape the infrastructure of communities across the country.

How can I Prepare?

To increase the likelihood of being accepted into the Ironworker Apprenticeship Training Program, individuals should focus on their studies and commit to subjects like general mathematics (fractions, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), algebra, geometry, mechanical drawing, and communication skills. Physical fitness is also essential, as it is a significant part of the job. Having welding experience is an added advantage and may increase one's chances of selection. Aspiring ironworkers who dedicate time and effort to their education and practical experience in welding can enhance their chances of success in this exciting and rewarding trade. Strong reading and writing skills are also essential for success in the program.


Apprenticeship Length

4 Years

Ivy Tech Degree

Associate of Applied Science from Ivy Tech Community College issued upon successful completion of an apprenticeship program

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Ironworker's Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
890 East 25th Avenue
Lake Station, IN 46405
Phone:  219-962-7675

Application Period

Applicants can apply online at any time.

Application Requirements

  • Birth Certificate Copy
  • Official/Sealed copy of high school transcripts or GED/HSE test scores
  • Valid driver’s license
  • $10.00 filing fee (subject to change)
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