How do I become an Apprentice?

If you’re up to the challenge and are interested in becoming an ironworker and live in one of the following counties – Lackawanna, Luzerne, parts of Monroe, Wayne, Pike, Tioga, Bradford, Columbia, Susquehanna, Wyoming, and portions of Carbon and Sullivan Counties.

If you do not reside in one of the counties listed, please visit for the local in your area.
Apprenticeship applications are accepted at Ironworkers Local 489 Union Hall, 144 Brown St., Yatesville,

PA 18640 Monday thru Friday 7:00am to 3:30pm.  Applications must be picked up and dropped off by the person applying.
Applications are kept on file until needed. Testing and accepting of an apprentice class depends on work situation and the project need.

What happens once I sign up to take the test?

You will be required to take our aptitude test which will test your math, reading and measurement skills. If you score 80% or higher on our aptitude test, you will then be asked to participate in an interview with our Apprenticeship Committee.

Your interview will be scored and if your score is high enough, you will be placed on our acceptance list. When the need for more apprentices arises, we take the top scores from the acceptance list and offer them a spot in the apprenticeship program.

Each time a test and interviews are given, the interview scores are added to the acceptance list in the appropriate order. The highest scores are placed near the top and the lower scores are placed near the bottom. Our list is constantly being updated each time we offer testing. Once you make the acceptance list, your score will remain on the list for 2 years. As apprentices are accepted or as new tests are given, you may move up or down the list depending on your score.