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A Shop Ironworker fabricates the individual steel components, which form the structural steel framework for buildings and bridges. Other areas of metal fabrication includes building metal stairs, handrails and various ornamental metal products using steel, aluminum, copper and brass which are manufactured by the shop ironworker mechanic.


Length48 months
Benefits for ApprenticesVacation, medical, vision, annuity, pension
Minimum age18
Education prerequisitesPass basic math test
Physical requirementsMust be able to perform physical tasks and
activities related to trade
Additional requirementsEmployers may require birth certificate
Valid California Drivers License
Pre employment drug screen
Written or oral entry examsYes written exam
Subjects studied by ApprenticesBlueprint Reading


Contact: Northern California Shop Ironworker J.A.C. 8130 Baldwin St. Oakland, CA 94621 Erik Schmidli Coordinator.

Applications: Contact Program to request an application.

How do new apprentices get their first job? The applicant must seek own employment from participating employers, after meeting the qualifications to enter the apprenticeship program

Additional information: Ironworkers Union website.