What is an Apprentice?

An apprentice is a training-level employee who works in the building and construction trades while also attending classes to learn industry skills and safety techniques. Wages for an apprentice increase over the course of this training, which lasts from two to five years depending on the trade. An apprentice who graduates to journey-person is recognized as a well-qualified worker who can command the best wages and benefits.

What are the qualifications to become an apprentice?

Qualifications to become an apprentice include a strong foundation of math and literacy skills, a high school or an equivalency diploma, and the ability to successfully complete an aptitude test. Additionally a qualified candidate must be physically fit, drug-free, have access to reliable transportation, and have proof of citizenship or the legal right to work in the U.S.

What are the benefits of an Apprenticeship Training and Union Membership?

Apprenticeship training provides individuals with the skills needed to compete economically and work safely. Union members of the building and construction trades typically receive higher wages and better benefits than those employed by non-union contractors.

Apprenticeship Requirements:

AGE - Eighteen years of age


  1. Birth Certificate
  2. High school diploma or GED
  3. School transcripts
  4. Veterans may supply a copy of DD214.
  5. Valid driver's license
  6. Copy of Social Security Card

Applications will not be processed until minimum qualifications are met.

Classes or skills useful in preparation for a career in the Union Ironworking industry are:

  1. Mathematics
  2. Drafting and blueprint reading
  3. Construction technology
  4. Shop classes
  5. Welding


This is a three year program.  204 hours of related classroom training shall be required each year.

Apprentice curriculum is as follows:  Introduction to Ironworking, 10 Hour OSHA, Subpart R training,  First Aid and CPR Training, Structural Steel Erection, Rigging and Cranes, Blueprint Reading, Welding, Foreman Training, History of the Ironworkers, Precast Concrete Erection and Safety, Pre-Engineered Metal Building Erection, Mathematics for Iron Workers and Reinforcing and post tensioning placement.

Currently utilizing night classes for training apprentices.

Classes are held two nights per week, three hours long sessions.

Local 112 Apprenticeship is an IACP Certified and an Accredited Welding Facility.


lst 6 months -60% of Journeyman scale.

2nd 6 months -70% of Journeyman scale.

3rd 6 months -75% of Journeyman scale.

4th 6 months -80% of Journeyman scale.

5th 6 months -85% of Journeyman scale.

6th 6 months -90% of Journeyman scale.