Apprenticeship Training Department

All potential members must complete a comprehensive four (4) year apprentice training program.  This program is designed to educate our members in all aspects of the ironworking trade. If you come in with prior experience we will give you credit for such experience under the conditions you are able to complete and pass a practical exam in those areas in which you are claiming experience.

First Year:

    Begins with safety teaching and testing on  OSHA 10, OSHA Subpart-R, MSHA, Orientation for IronWorkers, Survival of the Fittest, Lead Hazard Awareness Training, Confined Space Training, Fall Protection Training, Aerial Lift Training, and Harassment/Discrimination Training. 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:

    The focus on 2nd yr. is the teaching and testing on Introduction to Welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW), and Oxy/Fuel Cutting in the shop, and Structural Steel Erecting I & II.  Classroom time is spent on learning weld symbols, metallurgy, formulas, and beam or structural designs.  

Third year:

    The focus on 3rd yr. is the teaching and testing on Basic Math for IronWorkers (this does include some algebra, ratios, trig, and calculus), Architectural and Ornamental,  Rigging and Signaling Cranes for IronWorkers (Qualified Rigger and Signalman Program), and Fork Lift Training. The classroom time is spent learning how to survive in today's market, and what and how the rigging should work and be inspected. The shop time is dedicated to actual hands on rigging, and using a fork lift for transporting "only"

Fourth Year:

   The 4th yr. focuses on finalizing your Apprenticeship Training by teaching and testing on C.O.M.E.T.( Construction Organizing Membership Education Training), Blueprint reading, Instrument/Transit Use, Foreman Training, First Aid/CPR, Scaffold User E/D, and Reinforcing Steel.  Other time is preparing and studying for the top out test.

The 2018 First Year Apprentice Class is currently accepting applications.  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.


Training Director/Coordinator
Thomas Mathis Jr.

Thomas A. Mathis Jr.

Apprentice Secretary
Susan Davis

Instructors are:

Jay Carver

Derrick Daniels

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