What Do Ironworkers Do?

The Ironworking trade requires rigorous manual labor.  

  • Structural Ironworkers erect the structure of bridges, buildings, and other projects.  The majority of this work is performed at great heights; agility and the ability to work comfortably off the ground are a must.  
  • Reinforcing Ironworkers must have the strength to repeatedly lift 80 – 100 pounds and carry it at a fast pace across the job site as well as the endurance to stay bent over tying wire around the steel for extended periods of time.  

Ironworkers are required to complete all duties quickly and safely.

Local 29’s jurisdiction is all of Oregon as well as six counties in Southwest Washington.  Ironworkers often travel to job sites out of town or where no public transportation is available.  A valid driver’s license and good, reliable transportation are necessary items.


The Apprenticeship Program

An apprentice is an employee who learns a skilled trade through planned, supervised work on-the-job, while receiving technical classroom instruction.  Apprentices are required to sign a registration with the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) that spells out the requirements and expectations of an apprentice ironworker.

Apprentices are taught the proper use, care, and safe handling of the tools and equipment used in connection with their work as well as the important skills necessary to become a successful ironworker

During their four-year apprenticeship apprentices spend the majority of their time working on-the-job and acquiring skills; they are a regular part of the work force on whom contractors and co-workers rely. Four consecutive weeks each year the apprentices come into the Training Center for classes that take place in the classroom as well as the shop and yard.

Minimum Qualifications

To qualify for the training program, an applicant must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application; physically able to perform the work of the trade; and able to speak, read, and write the English language at a level to correctly complete the application.

Applications are accepted each Wednesday and must be completed in the Apprenticeship office.  Applications are ranked based on points from documentation provided by the applicant at the time of application and a graded interview.  Please see the “Application Points” link on this page for a complete list of documentation points.

NOTE: Employers will require a substance abuse test and may require a current valid driver’s license.

Application Document Points