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Tasks of the Field Ironworker include steel and cable reinforcing in concrete construction (rebar work), erections of steel skeleton of buildings, window wall and curtain wall exteriors, rigging of heavy machinery and welding in conjunction with all aspects of these job descriptions. Field ironwork consist of several fields Structural Ironworkers, Reinforcing Ironworkers, Ornamental (Architectural) Ironworkers, Rigging and Machinery Moving Ironworkers, Welding and Burning


Length48 months
Benefits for ApprenticesVacation, medical, vision, annuity, pension and dependants after 90 days
Minimum age18
Education prerequisitesHigh School Graduation
or GED/Equivalent
or DD-214
Physical requirementsMust be able to lift heavy materials and work in
all types of weather. Must be able to work at various
heights and also pass a drug test
Additional requirementsMust submit proof of age
Meeting second Monday of very month
Written or oral entry examsNone
Subjects studied by ApprenticesStructural
Ornamental (Architectural)
Rigging & Machinery Moving
Welding & Burning


Contact: Int’L Assoc. of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental & Reinforcing Ironworkers, Local 118 3524 51st Avenue Sacramento, CA 95823 Jason Rafter Apprenticeship Coordinator.

Applications:  Applications accepted at the address provided; M-F 9:00-11:00 am; Apprentice has to identify employer sponsor; No guarantee of employment is implied; applicants that are accepted will be added to an existing eligibility pool only

How do new apprentices get their first job? Applicants are placed on a list. When new apprentices are needed, applicants are taken from the top of the list. Apprentice can also seek employer

Additional information: Ironworkers Union website.