Advantages of Being a Journeyman

As a Local 75 journeyman, you . . .

  1. Can work anywhere in the United States or Canada where union ironwork is available, providing job security for you and your family for life
  2. Earn a fair, reasonable wage — and fringe benefits, such as health and welfare, pension, annuity, and vacation plans
  3. Are equipped with the knowledge and skills to work as a foreman, general foreman and job superintendent — or even a business owner and contractor
  4. Can use the credits earned as an apprentice to complete college degrees in engineering, safety management, and construction management
  5. May have the experience and knowledge to become an apprenticeship educator or a leader in your union.

Do you want to take your career to the next level? Ironworkers, upgrade your skills today! Ironworkers Local 75 offers free classes year-round to journeymen — teaching new skills, so that you can advance in your craft. Register for any of the classes below – the possibilities are endless!

Upgrade classes

Below are classes scheduled for upcoming months. Taking these classes does not guarantee an increase in pay or salary.

Upgrade classes for journeymen at Ironworkers Local 75 

Course Description Length When Where
Welding Practice and review   May 20-24; June 17-21. 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. Local 75 Training Center
330 E. Maricopa Freeway
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Deck Test Plate Test     May 23; June 20 May 25; June 22 



Same as above
Qualified Rigger Provides extensive knowledge in rigging and crane signaling to prepare student for evaluation and assessment for a Qualified Rigger/Signalman card.
Prerequisites: Completed a 40-hour Rigging class and a 40-hour Cranes (Structural 2) class. Plus 700 hours of field-rigging experience.
Minimum of 16 hours of classroom instruction, including hands-on and written skills assessment. .  


Skills testing

Test days* upcoming for:

  • Weld-plate for wire and stick: May 25 and June 22 at 7 a.m. in Phoenix.
  • Deck:  May 23 and June 20 (Thursdays) at 2:30 p.m.

Sign up for classes and tests by calling the Apprenticeship Office (602-276-6055) or coming by in person. If you register and must cancel, please notify this office.

* Welding classes, welding tests, and journeyman upgrade classes are scheduled according to demand. Classes may be cancelled, if advance registration falls below minimums. Times and dates are subject to change. Contact the Apprenticeship office to confirm class and test schedules.

Procedure for updating welding certifications

In order to maintain your certification, you must weld in the process in which you are certified in each six-month period.

Within the first six months of obtaining your certification, enter in your continuity log book:

  • Your name and book number
  • Employer information, supervisor’s name, and employment dates.

Have the CWI, inspector or supervisor fill in the lines labeled “type of welding and process used” and sign, date and stamp, if applicable.

Repeat the process for the second six months proceeding expiration of the certification.

Before the certification expires, copy the completed pages and mail or fax the copy (send registered mail to get a receipt confirming the certification was received) to the address on the back of your card:

The Ironworkers National Welding Committee
1750 New York Ave., N.W., Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006
FAX: 202-347-5256


Deck: Apr. 14, May 19 and June 16 (Thursdays) at 3:30 p.m.