Training Center

Apprenticeship & Training
Are you willing to work hard and get paid well while being trained by some of the best instructors in the industry? If so, then you may have what it takes to become an Ironworker Apprentice.

Our Apprenticeship Program is a four year program and administered by a Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee. The Committee consists of 3 contractor representatives from the Northeastern Contractors Association and 3 union representatives from Ironworkers Local 489 who oversee certification, training and funding to the program. Our training is registered with the U.S. Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training and the Pennsylvania Apprenticeship and Training Council.

Unlike trade schools, you do not pay us. You will be on the job earning a good living while you learn the trade. Current apprentices earn 60% of the journeyman rate, plus accrue health care and other benefits immediately.

There is no getting around it – the work is demanding – and much of it is outdoors. There are requirements similar to those of other building trade apprenticeship programs:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Good physical condition
  • The ability to pass drug and alcohol screenings
  • Have a valid drivers license and access to a car – many job sites are in remote areas not served by public transportation


What you will learn

An Ironworker Apprentice of Local 489 learns various skills necessary for on the job success including:

  • Structural steel erection
  • Rigging
  • Blueprint reading
  • Welding, flame cutting and plasma arc welding and cutting
  • Reinforcing concrete
  • Fence installation
  • Architectural and ornamental erection
  • Scaffold Use
  • Pre-engineered metal buildings
  • Post-tensioned reinforcing systems
  • Precast safety and erection
  • Fork lift operations

In addition to these ‘hands on’ activities, demonstrations by equipment suppliers and classroom lectures, Apprentices will have instruction time on various safety related issues such as:

  • 10-Hour OSHA Training
  • OSHA Sub-Part R
  • OSHA 30-Hour Safety Course
  • Hazardous Material Training
  • Lead Hazardous Training for Ironworkers
  • Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Training for Ironworkers
  • Disaster Response Training for Ironworkers

Lastly, apprentices will learn the history of our union, mathematics for the Ironworker and various metrics that set Ironworkers apart from other trades.
Training is conducted at our facility located in Yatesville, PA. During classes you will learn the skills necessary for success as you work for one of our contractors on projects throughout the region.
The current pay rate for Apprentices is 60% of the journeyman hourly rate for the first year.