Iron Workers

Scope of Work

Iron Workers erect structural steel and precast concrete as well as place reinforcing steel bars and cables in concrete construction. They move, rig and erect machinery, and install fabricated building components. You’ll find them placing a variety of ornamental steel, aluminum, and other building components — such as stairways, catwalks, grating, grills, conveyors and screens — all the while maintaining tolerances specified in building plans.

Length of Program

The apprenticeship generally spans four years, with class held for one day every two weeks, and the remainder of the training occurring on the job. 


  • Apprentices must be at least 18 years old 
  • Iron Workers must perform a great deal of climbing, reaching, and balancing, often at great heights. To protect them from falls they are trained in the use of personal fall protection equipment, including safety harnesses and nets
  • Possess high school diploma or GED 
  • Pass a physical exam that will include screening for drugs
  • Math, reading, and writing skills are essential for succeeding in the program. Some of the locals use a lottery system to select applicants when openings occur in their apprenticeship programs. Others, such as Local 8 and Local 25 use an aptitude test as well

Contact Information

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Iron Workers Apprentice Training Center Local 25
Matt Rajda, Training Coordinator
50490 West Pontiac Trail
Wixom, Michigan 48393
Tel: (248) 960-2130
Fax: (248) 960-0980

Ironworkers Local 25 Training Center (West)
3020 Corporate Grove Drive
Hudsonville, MI 49426

Upper Penisula Local 8 WI
12034 West Adler Lane
Milwaukee, WI 53214
Tel: (414) 476-9370
Fax: (414) 476-0960
U.P. Michigan Office
119 South Front Street
Marquette, MI 49855
Tel: (906) 228-6450
Fax: (906) 228-3699

Monroe & Lenawee counties Local 55
1078 Atlantic Ave.
Toledo, Ohio 43609
Tel: (419) 531-5911