“Journeyman status comes many benefits including: membership in one of the most respected construction trades Unions, the security of being recognized throughout the U.S. and Canada as a qualified Journeyman Ironworker.”
December 1, 2017-Ironworkers Local 395 has announced they will accept applications for the 2018 apprentice class from January 8 through January 19, 2018. Applicants must be 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalent. According to a statement from Dr. Natalie Haber-Barker, Academic Development Coordinator for Local 395, “Ironworker is a craftsman who fabricates, erects, assembles, and installs fabrication structural products, usually large steel beams, in the erection of industrial, commercial, or large residential buildings. The structural Ironworker erects the framework of bridges, buildings, and others structures including metal storage buildings and overhead crane runways that support heavy equipment. The reinforcing Ironworker (rodman) sets bars or mesh in concrete in buildings and bridges. The ornamental Ironworker installs stairways, catwalks, gratings, grills, screens, fences, and decorative Ironworker.” Those accepted into the program will attend school one day a week at the Local 395 Training Center, 890 E. 25th Avenue, Lake Station. Apprentices begin at 60% of Journeyman wages and earn a 5% increase each six months throughout our four year program. Apprentices also earn an associate’s degree in – Associate of Applied Science in Apprenticeship Technology: Ironworker from Ivy Tech. Apprentices must pay for their training books (approximately $500), monthly union dues, and union initiation fees.
With Journeyman status comes many benefits including: membership in one of the most respected construction trades Unions, the security of being recognized throughout the U.S. and Canada as a qualified Journeyman Ironworker.
Competition for the coveted spots may be intense and tenacity may be key. While discussing the program on WJOB AM123-/FM 104.7, journeyman electrician David Hein called to offer a helpful suggestion. “I decided I wanted to be an electrician” Hein stated. “the year I started 625 people applied for 25 openings . . . I ended up applying for 3 years. Finally on the third year I got accepted and got in. The demand for the skilled trades is very high.”
1. Education – High school graduate or equivalent with official transcripts or GED/HSE scores (or currently a high school senior)
2. Good physical condition – Must be able to perform the work of the trade
3. Drug Testing is mandatory
What you need to do to apply for the apprentice program
Application period is:
The very first two weeks of January, each year. Applications are taken Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon)
1. Birth Certificate Copy
2. Official/Sealed copy of high school transcripts or GED/HSE test scores
3. Valid driver’s license
4. $10.00 filing fee (subject to change)
Admission Process of the Joint Apprenticeship Committees
1. Complete Application
2. General aptitude test
3. Personal interview
4. Ergonomic physical evaluation
**A valid driver’s license is needed at each step of the admission process.
For more information visit Ironworkers Local 396 Apprenticeship page
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