All potential members must complete a comprehensive three year apprentice training program. This program is designed to educate our members in all aspects of the ironworking trade.
We begin with safety teaching and testing on OSHA 10 and MSHA. We also teach and test on Subpart R – Steel Erection, Rigging and Crane Signal. Our students then go through an orientation class to learn the basic in and outs of the trade, names of tools, how they work and how to use them, Construction mathematics, history of Ironworkers and Unions, knot tying for tag lines and hold downs.
Second year Apprentice School is mostly welding and burning in the shop. Classroom time is spent on learning weld symbol, metalergy, formulas.
Third year is heavy on Blueprint reading, instrument use and reinforcing steel. Other time is preparing and studying for the top out test.
The 2016 First Year Apprentice Class is currently full. Applications for new Apprentices will be taken Monday - Thursday from 8:00 A.M. until 10:00 A.M. @ 2828 4th Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama.
Director / Consultant
Thomas A. Mathis Jr.