We Build Professional Ironworkers

Who are we?

The mission of Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Department is to ensure that our professional ironworkers have the skills, knowledge, and training necessary to be safe on the jobsite, competitive in the workplace, and satisfied in their careers.

We accomplish that mission by providing training and training materials, leadership, and accreditation in order to uphold our craft values and the principles of service and professionalism.

What is an Ironworker?

Did you know that the Golden Gate Bridge was built by ironworkers? What about the testing and building facilities for the Stealth Fighter and Space Shuttle or the famous "Gateway to the West" - the St. Louis Arch? How about the Oil Sands Plant Expansion in Alberta? That's right - ironworkers erected those buildings too. Think about it. Nearly every structure you can think of - schools, sports stadiums, shopping malls, hospitals, bridges, office and industrial buildings - all required the skills of trained ironworkers.

If there were no ironworkers, cities like New York, Chicago, Quebec and Los Angeles would look very different than they do today - no skyscrapers, no bridges, no office buildings. Transportation would be radically different too. How would the millions of commuters every day get to work without the bridges built by - you guessed it - ironworkers. Without ironworkers to erect the skeleton of a structure, no other trade would be able to install their work. That's why ironworkers are the most respected tradesperson in the construction industry.

Ironworking has many sectors. Each sector involves challenging and difficult work, often on tall structures at high elevations. Ironworkers must be willing to work as a team. They must be able to meet rigid standards and deadlines. They must have a good sense of balance and be alert to potential danger to themselves and others. The apprenticeship program includes comprehensive safety training.

When you're an ironworker, the sky is the limit. The possibilities of training, earning, providing, advancing, building are endless.  There is no limit to what ironworkers can do!

How can I Prepare?

Acceptance into the Ironworker Apprenticeship Training Program is highly competitive.  We are only looking for the best of the best and therefore, all applicants are screened thoroughly.  The skilled Ironworker must be in great physical condition to perform the work of the trade.  Applicants should concentrate their educational studies in the following areas:  general mathematics (fractions, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), algebra, geometry, mechanical drawing, communication skills, and reading and writing skills.  Applicants who have welding experience often receive more consideration. 


Apprenticeship Length

4 Years

Ivy Tech Degree

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

Apprenticeship Opportunities

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

Application Period

The first two full weeks in January, each year
Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon)

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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