Application Process

1. Applicants for the Iron Worker Apprenticeship Program may apply at one of our facilities

Levi Velasquez
Apprenticeship Coordinator
2261 South Redwood Road
Suite E
Salt Lake City, UT 84119
Phone:  (801) 688-6665

Douglas C. Thomas
Business Agent
P.O. Box 2313
Casper, Wyoming 82602
Phone: (307) 237-9556

2. Applicants must have a pronounced aptitude for and interest in the trade and be physically able to perform the required work, substantiated by a self assessment affidavit, before he/she will be placed on a job. In addition, applicants must furnish proof of age, proof of residence and a transcript of school records, meet all basic requirements listed below, and appear for a personal interview.

3. BASIC REQUIREMENTS: (As contained in the Apprenticeship Training Standards).

    A. Age- Applicants for Apprenticeship shall be not less than eighteen (18) years of age. Each Applicant will be required to provide the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee with proof of age.

    B. PHYSICAL ABILITY- it shall be mandatory on the part of each applicant to present a Doctor’s Certificate as evidence of his/her physical fitness sufficient to perform the work of the trade when employment is offered.

    C. EDUCATION- All Applicants for Apprenticeship under these Standards must be a high school graduate and present a bona-fide copy of diploma or a bona-fide copy of a GED Certificate.

    D. OTHER- Qualities such as interest, character, cooperativeness, judgment and similar factors which promise successful completion of the individuals apprenticeship and performance as a journeyman is determined by giving a fair and impartial interview.

4. Consideration may be given if unusual qualification exist.

5. NONDISCRIMINATION PROVISIONS: Selection of Apprentices under this program is made on the basis of qualifications alone and all applicants will be afforded equal opportunity under these standards with out regard to race, sex, color, creed, national origin or physical handicaps (except to the extent that such handicaps affect the applicants qualification for the trade or craft).

6. NATURE OF WORK: The Apprenticeship Program of the Multi-State Iron Workers JATC trains apprentices to become qualified in the major work classification listed below. To complete the program, an apprentice must successfully be able to perform all work operations in each classification. The work location is, for the most part, on new construction projects, but does include performance of the same work operations in existing facilities when repair, renovation, alteration and major maintenance are involved. For the most part, the work operations are performed for contractors and are of an intermittent nature, that is on a project-to project basis.

Most of the work operations are performed outside, under all conditions of weather, except when weather conditions jeopardize safety. The work operations require employment of crews or gangs, varying in number with respect to the nature of the work, with each member of the crew being fully qualified to perform any or all work operations involved, and working with the other members of the gang or crew in unison as a team.
As basic requirements, a Journeyman Iron Worker working at any of the branches of the trade must, of necessity, be able to read shop fabrication prints, erection prints, and architectural prints, for he/she must coordinate his/her work with the work of the other craftsmen employed on the project. He/she must also be very proficient in the use of the cutting torch and welding machine, as these are basic tools of the trade. When directed, he/she must be able to weld, to burn, or to bend metal of any description with a high degree of proficiency and craftsmanship.

The major work classifications, including a description of the work operations are as follows:

A. STRUCTURAL IRONWORKER erects structural steel bridges, building viaducts, dams, docks, dredges, offshore drilling rigs, vessels, locks, gates, aqueducts, reservoirs, spillways, flumes, caissons, dam-gates, cofferdams, subways, tunnels, cableways, tramways, Gantry, Whirley, Hammerhead and other cranes, blast furnaces, stoves, kilns, ovens, spray booths, driers, roof decking and application of sheeting to structural steel frames; they also erect all pre-stressed and post-stressed concrete members relating to the above type construction. In erecting a structure, the Iron Worker must have the ability to rig the structural member into position, make the initial connection with bolts, then plumb and aline it accurately. They must then bolt, weld the structural member to complete the job. They must above all have the ability to work at great heights, for much of the work is performed many stories above ground level.

B. ORNAMENTAL IRON WORKER install metal stairways, catwalks, floor gratings, iron ladders (such as those used extensively in power houses and chemical plants), metal window sashes and doors, ornamental grilles and screens, metal cabinets and safety deposit boxes. They also install lampposts, gates and fences and decorative ironwork on balconies. In addition to iron and steel, ornamental ironworkers work with aluminum, brass, bronze, and other metals and plastics used in the building industry. The metal products they install are usually fabricated in a factory or shop. But the ornamental ironworker must have the ability to cut and work metal to a very close tolerance on the job. Examples of this are found in the recently developed curtain wall and window wall industry with its many types and designs of ornamental and functional building facades. Iron Workers fasten these metal products permanently to a building or other structure by bolting or welding.
C. REINFORCING IRONWORKER (RODMAN) Set steel bars in concrete forms to reinforce concrete structures. They place the steel bars on suitable supports in the concrete form and tie the bars together at intersections so that each bar receives its intended structural load. The bars are placed in the concrete form according to blueprints, specifications or verbal instructions. The Rod-men use steel pliers and other types of tying tools to wire the rods securely in place. Some concrete reinforcing is in the form of coarse heavy mesh made of steel wires. When using mesh, the rod-men measure the surface to be covered, cut and bend the mesh to the desired shape, place the mesh over the area to be reinforced.

D. MACHINERY MOVING & RIGGING Iron Workers and/or riggers with their knowledge of all types of light and heavy rigging are engaged in the unloading, moving and erection of machinery on construction jobs, repair work and whenever machinery is moved in and out of plants or buildings. Types of rigging used are derricks, cranes, gin poles, along with rollers, jacks, cribbings, and other equipment. In many instances, special rigging equipment must be built on the job to handle machinery where unforeseen problems arise. This requires experience and knowledge of materials, cables, blocks, and other rigging equipment necessary to safely handle the stresses and strains encountered.

Electric arc, mild steel, low-hydrogen and mig will be certified by end of three years.


The Selection Interview

Up to the point of the selection interview, the applicant process determines only that the applicant meets the basic qualifications. At the selection interview, the applicant meets personally with the members of the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.
The Committee has before it the application with supporting documents. The personal interview is designed to gather information, which would indicate that the applicant could and would successfully complete the apprenticeship.

The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee is composed of people who are representatives of contractors who will hire and pay them, and of journeymen who will teach and work with them.
During the course of the interview, which is conducted on an informal and “get acquainted” basis, the Committee evaluates the applicant in these respects:

(a) Attitudes-towards oneself, fellow workers, supervisors, and society in general.

(b) Concept of the trade-work experience and familiarity with the trade. School subjects and grades. Willingness to work and study.

(c) Personal Traits-judgment, sense of responsibility, ambition, interests.

The applicants should use the interview to satisfy themselves that they will be accorded fair and just treatment throughout the period of their apprenticeship. (This is provided by the Standards and included in the Apprenticeship Agreement.)

The applicant should understand that the people serving on the Committee and conducting the selection interview are responsible people in the construction industry who want to help them as much as they want to help themselves.