Apprenticeship / Training

Apprenticeship Advantages

The Ironworkers apprenticeship program is a well-organized and supervised method of training people to become journeymen ironworkers qualified in all segments of the trade. 

Apprentices earn while they learn, working on the job alongside the journeymen. In addition, they attend classes of related and supplemental instruction, approximately 160 hours per year for four years.

Starting wages for a Local 75 ironworker apprentice begin at 60% of a journeyman’s wage. As an apprentice accumulates an established number of on-the-job hours plus related and supplemental instruction hours, wages are increased at regular intervals.

Graduating apprentices attain journeyman status and receive full pay for the skills they have earned.

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 join the apprenticeship you will be trained in the following aspects of the trade.

Structural Steel
•Unload, erect, and connect fabricated iron beams to form the project skeleton.
•Work primarily on industrial, commercial and large residential buildings.
•Build towers, bridges, stadiums, and prefabricated metal buildings
•Erect and install pre-cast beams, columns and panels.

Reinforcing Steel
•Fabricate and place steel bars (rebar) in concrete forms to reinforce structures.
•Place rebar on appropriate supports and tie them together with tie wire.
•Install post-tensioning tendons (cables) to place in concrete forms along reinforcing steel.
•Stress the tendons using hydraulic jacks and pumps after the concrete is poured and hardened.

•Install metal windows into a building’s masonry or wooden openings.
•Erect curtain wall and window wall systems that cover the steel or reinforced concrete structure of a building.
•Install and erect metal stairways, catwalks, gratings, doors, railings, fencing, elevator fronts and building entrances.

Rigging and Machinery Moving
•Load, unload, move and set machinery, structural steel and curtain walls.
•Operate power hoists, cranes, derricks, forklifts and aerial lifts.
•Have knowledge of fiber line, wire rope, hoisting equipment and proper hand signals.

Welding and Burning
Welding and burning equipment are considered tools of the trade.
As a Local 75 apprentice you will have the instruction and opportunity to become a certified structural welder.

The mission of Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Program is to ensure that our union ironworkers have the skills, knowledge, and training necessary to be safe on the jobsite, competitive in the workplace, and satisfied in their careers.
If you have questions about the apprenticeship program, please call (602) 276-6055, visit the UNIVERSITY OF IRON website or visit us at:

Field Ironworkers Apprenticeship & Training Center
330 E. Maricopa Freeway, Phoenix, AZ 85004

As a Local 75 apprentice, you . . .

  1. Earn a competitive salary – starting at 60 percent of a journeyman salary – while you learn.
  2. Work alongside journeymen and gain the benefit of their experience.
  3. Receive 160 hours of instruction every year – including college-level classes and safety certifications that will increase your employment opportunities – during the four-year program.

Applicant requirements:

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a minimum of a high school education.

To apply, each applicant must present:

    • State issued ID,
    • Social Security Card,
    • Birth Certificate/CIB,
    • high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate or G.E.D. or DD-214 showing completion.


Applicants must appear in person to complete an application form
Be physically able to do work normally performed in the trade
Have reliable transportation
Pass a drug screen prior to entry into the program.

Please note that . . .

      • No guarantee of employment is implied. Applicants that are accepted will be added to an existing eligibility pool only
      • The recruitment, selection, employment, and training of apprentices during their apprenticeships shall be without discrimination due to race, color, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation.

Apprenticeship Office Hours:
8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday (Phoenix)

Application Hours:
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Monday through Friday (Phoenix)

Or by appointment (Tucson)