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Field ironworkers assemble and erect prefabricated iron, steel, and reinforced concrete shapes to form the framework for buildings, towers, bridges, and other structures.  They place steel deck for flooring systems. 
 
They bend, carry, and place reinforcing steel bars for concrete construction and fasten them together with tie wire.  They place and tension post-tensioning cables in concrete construction.  They rig and move very heavy objects, such as large transformers, pressure vessels, and sculptures.  They install miscellaneous steel and other metal assemblies, including stairs, rails, balconies, fences, ladders, and fire escapes.  They erect glass curtain wall systems and precast concrete wall panels.  They demolish tall structures.  They perform welding in connection with most of these tasks.  Ironworkers often work at great heights and on open steel structures without scaffolding.  They commonly lift and hand carry heavy loads.
 
Apprenticeship 
The Field Ironworker Apprentice program involves:
  • 4800 hours (usually four years) of on-the-job training
  • 640 hours of classroom instruction
  • Classes are held in Benicia
Requirements for application:
  • Proof of age; and,
  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
Applications are available from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Monday through Friday at:
Ironworkers Local 377
570 Barneveld Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 285-3880;
Or at:
Ironworkers Local 377
2102 Almaden Road, Suite 101 
San Jose, CA 95125 
(408) 265-7643 
 
 
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