What being an Ironworker is about

The three main types of work an Ironworker performs are generally categorized as structural, reinforcing, or ornamental.  The Structural Ironworker is primarily responsible for the erection and connection of large steel beams to form the skeleton of hospitals, stadiums, skyscrapers, shopping malls, office buildings, industrial buildings, and bridges.  The Reinforcing Ironworker, otherwise known as the Rodman, sets steel bars, rods, or mesh in concrete forms to strengthen the concrete in buildings and bridges.  The Ornamental Ironworker, also commonly referred to as the finisher, installs metal windows, catwalks, gratings, grills, railings, metal gates, fences and decorative iron work.  The Ironworker does a great deal of climbing, balancing, and reaching on tall structures at great heights.  Therefore, an Ironworker cannot be afraid of heights, and must have a good sense of balance and be alert of potential dangers to themselves and others.  Due to the potential risk of injury various safety precautions are taken, such as the use of safety nets, safety belts, and scaffolding.

General Qualifications

  • Age 18 or older
  • Minimum Education: High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid Driver’s License 
  • Must be able to pass drug screen
  • Good physical condition and above average strength are necessary since the materials used in Ironworking trades are typically heavy and bulky.
  • Recommended High School Classes: Drafting, Welding, Industrial Arts, General Math, Algebra, and Science.

Ironworker Apprenticeship Program

  • Applicant must complete application and interview.
  • Length of Indentureship (Apprenticeship): 4 years
  • Minimum hours of related classroom training: 215 hours/year
  • Length of probationary period: 6 months

How to Apply

Ironworkers Local 292 accepts applications once a year during the first two weeks of March.

Ironworkers Local 292
3515 Boland Drive
South Bend, IN 46628
(574) 288-9033