Curriculum Overview  

Safety is a great emphasis in the Union Ironworking Trade. Creating a culture of safety in our apprentices is paramount to their development as a skilled ironworker.  During class, hands-on and on-the-job learning, the student is trained in safe and healthful work practices.


  • 40 hour Qualified Rigger Training.
  • 40 hour Crane instruction and Qualified Crane Signaling.
  • 4 hour Sub Part R Training (OSHA structural Steel erection and decking safety).
  • OSHA 30.
  • First Aid / C.P.R. / A.E.D.
  • 6 hour Fall Protection Training.
  • 4 hour Scaffold User Training.
  • 8 hour Scaffold Erector Training.
  • Confined Space Training.
  • Silica & Lead Hazard Training.
  • Job Hazard Analysis Training.
  • Tool Box safety lessons.
  • Fork Lift Training.
  • Aerial Work Platform Training.
  • Disaster Response Training.
  • Fire Watch & Flagger.
  • Harassment, Discrimination & Retaliation Training.


  • Survival of the Fittest: Emphasizing the importance of a strong work ethic and a commitment to excellence on the job site.
  • Reinforcing Concrete – 50 hours: The fabrication and placement of steel bars in concrete.
  • Mathematics for Ironworkers – 20 hours: Whole numbers, common fractions, decimal fractions, percentages, averages and measurements.
  • Rigging – 40 hours: Rigging procedures and precautions, characteristics of various fiber and wire ropes, proper use of slings, rigging hardware, tools and devices.
  • Cranes – 40 hours: Pre-lift planning and set up, principles of crane operation, quadrants, load charts, capacity factors and crane signaling.
  • Structural Steel Erection – 100 hours: Safely erecting structural steel: buildings, bridges, towers, wind turbines, Amusement park rides…
  • Metal Buildings – 20 hours: Erecting Metal Buildings, Layout, Metal Building drawings, bolting, screws, sheeting, and structural steel erection and detail drawings.  
  • Architectural and Ornamental – 50 hours: Assembly of curtain walls, store fronts, composite panel walls and the proper application of various sealants.
  • Pre-Cast - Safety & Erection – 30 hours: Fabrication methods, safe erection procedures, erecting various precast systems, bridge and highway structures, tilt-up panels, and precast drawings.  
  • Blueprint Reading – 20 hours: Reading and interpreting: welding, architectural, rigging, structural steel and reinforcing drawings.
  • Foreman Training – 16 hours: Leadership skills such as effective communication, problem solving, proper documentation, safety and quality control and team building.
  • Conveyors – 26 hours: Understanding the principles of conveyor operation, the safe use of tools and proper installation of various conveyor systems.
  • Layout Instrumentation – 20 hours: Proper set up and use of: auto levels, lasers, theodolites, transits and total stations.
  • Welding – 155 hours: Welding safety, theory, quality, electrodes, basic metallurgy, equipment set up, various processes, oxy fuel, carbon arc and plasma arc cutting.
  • C.O.M.E.T. - Emphasizing the value Union membership brings to the Ironworker and the importance of welcoming un-represented Ironworkers into our ranks.
  • At the completion of the course the student will be quailed to the A.W.S. D1.1 and D1.5 welding codes in the S.M.A.W. and F.C.A.W. processes.