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.
The Field Ironworker Apprentice program involves:
  • 4 years (5,600 hours) of on-the-job training
  • 700 hours of classroom training over 4 years.
  • Classes are held in Benicia
Requirements for application:
  • Minimum of 18 years of age
  • High school graduate or passed the GED proficiency test
  • Physically able to perform the work of the trade.
  • Prepared to work at extreme heights.
  • Able to lift heavy material and equipment.
  • Prepared to purchase required hand tools at a cost of $350-$400
Applications are available at:
Ironworkers Local 377
570 Barneveld Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 285-3880
Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., excluding holidays.
Or at:
Ironworkers Local 377
2102 Almaden Road, Suite 101
San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 265-7643
Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., excluding holidays.
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