Apprentice Curriculum

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Rigging and Cranes
Rigging procedures and precautions, characteristics of various fiber and wire ropes, the proper use of slings, rigging hardware, tools and devices. The crane portion involves pre-lift planning and set up, principles of crane operation, quadrants, load charts, capacity factors and crane signaling.

Structural Steel Erection
Safely erecting steel structures, bridges, towers, wind turbines and amusement park structures. 

Architectural and Ornamental
Installing curtain walls, window walls, doors, store fronts, composite panel walls, catwalks, grating, stairs, and the proper application of various sealants.

Blue Print Reading / Foreman Training
Reading and interpreting: Welding, architectural, rigging, structural, and reinforcing steel drawings. Foreman Training: Leadership skills such as effective communication, problem solving, proper documentation, safety and quality control and team building.

Welding 1, 2 and 3
Welding safety, theory, quality, electrodes, basic metallurgy, equipment set up, various processes, oxy fuel, carbon arc and plasma arc cutting.
At the completion of this course the student will be certified to the American Welding Society (AWS) D1.1 and D1.5 welding codes in the Shield Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) and Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) processes.


Curriculum Overview  

Survival of the Fittest   

The Orientation course is designed to introduce the new Ironworking candidate to the four aspects of the Ironworking trade. 
1. Structural Ironworking
2. Rigging
3. Reinforcing Rod
4. Ornamental Ironworking.  

In addition to learning about job tasks and skills of a Journeyman Ironworker; the orientation student will learn about the work ethic and positive attitude that are necessary to posses in order to have a successful career in the Ironworking trade.   

The student will also be given a brief overview of labor history and the internal structure of the International Ironworkers Union and Local 709.     

Benefits of being a member of Local 397 such as wages, fringe benefits and training through the Apprenticeship Program will be discussed.  In addition the student will learn about union dues, working assessments, and procedures for working through Local 397.    

Safety is a great emphasis in the Union Ironworking Trade.  An overview on: Welding and Oxy / Fuel Cutting, Mine and Fall Protection safety in addition to OSHA 10 training.

Architectural and Ornamental
This course includes the following:

1. Safety and Hazard Recognition
2. Proper maintenance of Equipment
3. Design and construction of:
    • Curtain Wall Systems
    • Window Wall Systems
    • Sloped Walls and skylights
    • Store Fronts, Entrance Ways, and Cable Walls
    • Glass Rails
    • Various doors     
4. Installing Anchors and Fasteners
5. Installing Fence and Guard Rails
6. Installing Catwalks and Grating
7. Installing Stairs and Ladders
8. Detention Systems
9. Erecting Space Frames
10. Installing Composite Panel Walls
11. Applying Sealants and Caulking

Rigging and Cranes
Rigging and Cranes teaches the Ironworking student the essential elements of how to safely and effectively function as an Ironworker Rigger.

The Rigging topics include:  
    • Rigging safety, Crane Safety and Hazard Recognition
    • Evolution and History of rigging
    • Fiber Rope
    • Reeving
    • Wire rope
    • Rigging Hardware
    • Slings
    • Chains
    • Rigging Tools and Devices
    • Rigging procedures and precautions

The Crane topics include::
    • Introduction to Cranes
    • Types & Configurations
    • Principles of Crane Operation
    • Quadrants of Crane Operation
    • Crane Capacity Factors
    • Pre-Lift Planning and Set up
    • Load Charts
    • Mobile Crane Operating Procedures
    • Erecting / Dismantling Tower Cranes
    • Crane Signaling 

Reinforcing Concrete and Mathematics for Ironworkers
The Reinforcing Concrete for Ironworkers Course teaches the Ironworking Student the Safe and effective way to perform the tasks of a Reinforcing Ironworker.

Topics include:
    • The History of Reinforced Concrete.
    • Manufacturing of Reinforced Concrete.
    • Reinforcing Tools, Ties and Safety.
    • Types of Reinforced Concrete Building Construction.
    • Mathematics for Reinforcing Concrete.
    • Reinforcing for Bridge Construction.
    • Principles and Theory of Reinforcing Steel.
    • Fabrication of Reinforcing Steel.
    • Unloading, Handling and Storing of Reinforcing Steel.
    • Engineering and placing Drawings.
    • Special Bar Supports.
    • Placing Reinforcing Steel in Footings, Walls, Columns, Beams, Girders, Joists and Slabs.
    • Highway Structures and Airport Pavement. 
    • Introduction to Welding for Reinforcing Ironworkers.
    • General Principles for Bar Splicing and Mechanical Coupling.

Structural Steel Erection
The Structural Course teaches the Ironworking Student the safe and effective method of steel erection. 

The topics include: 
    • General Safety and Hazard Recognition for Steel Erection
    • Historical use of iron and steel
    • Tool and Equipment for Structural Steel Erection
    • Handling and Storage of Structural Steel material
    • Anchor bolts• Erecting Columns and Beams
    • Installing Joist, Girders, and Trusses
    • Plumbing and aligning structural steel 
    • Bolting up
    • Structural Connections
    • Handling and Installing Deck and Sheeting
    • Erecting Towers and Amusement Parks

The welding course covers technical information and skills necessary for a successful career in the Ironworking trade.

Topics and skills taught include:
    • Welding and Oxyfuel Gas Cutting safety and Hazard Recognition
    • OFC (Oxyfuel Gas Cutting) Overview
    • OFC Equipment Setup
    • OFC Process
    • S.M.A.W. (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) Overview 
    • S.M.A.W. Process and Quality S.M.A.W. Equipment and  Set Up
    • S.M.A.W. Electrodes
    • Basic Metallurgy
    • F.C.A.W. (Flux Core Arc Welding) Overview
    • F.C.A.W. Process and Quality
    • F.C.A.W. Equipment and  Set Up
    • F.C.A.W. Filler Metals
    • The Safe and Skillful use of an oxy/fuel torch
    • The Safe and Skillful use of Carbon Arc Cutting and Gouging Equipment
    • G.T.A.W. (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) Overview
    • Performing the S.M.A.W. and F.C.A.W. Process