What We Do
  • Structural Iron Workers unload, erect, and connect fabricated steel beams to form the project skeleton primarily on industrial, commercial, and large residential buildings, towers, stadiums, large structures and bridges.
  •  Ornamental Iron Workers install metal windows into a building’s masonry or wooden openings and erect curtain wall and window wall systems that cover the steel or reinforced concrete structure of a building. They also install fence and guardrail.
  • Reinforcing Iron Workers place steel bars (rebar) in concrete forms to reinforce structures, install post-tensioning tendons (cables) to place in concrete forms along with reinforcing steel and stress tendons using hydraulic jacks & pumps.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old and have documentation to verify age.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license. Must be able to furnish your own transportation to and from the job site. There may be times when you are required to move from one job site to another during the work day.
  • Must have a high school diploma (certified transcripts required) or certificate showing satisfactory scores on the General Education Development Test (G.E.D.).
  • Applicants will be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the apprenticeship program, with or without a reasonable accommodation, and without posing a direct threat to the health and safety of the individual or others.  It shall be mandatory on the part of each apprentice to present a doctor's certificate as evidence of physical fitness sufficient to perform the work of the trade. Must be able to lift heavy material and equipment. Agility and a good sense of balance are required. Must be prepared to work at extreme heights.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak English in order to comprehend instruction in training classes and to ensure personal and coworker safety on the job.
  • Must be drug free. A drug test will be given prior to acceptance and all apprentices are subject to random drug testing throughout the program.
  • Must be able to prove eligibility to work in accordance with applicable citizenship and immigration laws.
  • Must pass Aptitude test with a 70% or higher to get an interview


Iron Workers Local 393 will not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants or apprentices based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, or because they are an individual with a disability or a person 40 years old or older.  Iron Workers Local 393 will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 30.

Earn While You Learn
  • Apprentices are paid and receive benefits while gaining experience through on-the-job training.
  • Four year apprenticeship training program.
  • To graduate from the program you must achieve 5,600 on-the-job training hours, documented by a contractor who participates in our Apprenticeship Program.
  • You will also complete a minimum of 204 hours of hands-on or classroom training each year.
  • The first and second years of the program you will be in class two nights each week. The third and fourth years of the program include one night per week of class.
  • You will receive training to become a certified welder.
  • You will receive OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) Training to help ensure personal, coworker, and jobsite safety.
Apprenticeship Benefits
  • Apprentice wages start at 55% of the Journey Iron Worker rate and increase after every 700 hours of on-the-job training. As of June 1, 2021 the rate for a Journey Iron Worker in our local is $48.83/hour.
  • Iron Worker apprentices receive health insurance and retirement benefits.
  • Apprentices work alongside Journey Iron Workers to learn the trade.
  • Union leadership works to procure work, ensure safe working conditions, and fair labor practices.
  • Wages and benefits are negotiated on your behalf through collective bargaining agreements.
Other Things to Know
  • This work is labor intensive. Iron Workers frequently have to lift, carry, push or pull up to 100 pounds.
  • Structural Iron Workers work at great heights.
  • Iron Workers are required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and walk on narrow steel beams.
  • Iron Workers work outdoors and are subject to harsh weather conditions.
  • Construction work is subject to changes in the economy. There is no guarantee of full and steady employment in this trade.
  • Apprentices pay monthly union dues of $32 plus a working assessment of 7% of gross wages.   
  • If accepted there is an initiation fee of $100 and first year book fees of $230
  • Structural and rebar Tool Kits are available to order for $306.26 

      **All fees current as of 6/1/2021 and are subject to change without notice**