Ironworkers are employed in four related segments of the trade: Structural Ironworkers, Reinforcing Ironworkers, Ornamental Ironworkers, Riggers and Machinery Movers.
The workers usually seen walking about the steel framework of large buildings under construction are Structural Ironworkers. Their job is to assemble, erect and install the fabricated iron parts using bolts and by welding to form the skeleton of the structure. Structural Ironworkers work on the construction of industrial, commercial, and large residential buildings as well as on towers, bridges and prefabricated metal buildings.
Reinforcing concrete-concrete in which reinforcing steel rods have been embedded-is widely used in building construction. Reinforcing Ironworkers fabricate and place steel bars in concrete forms to reinforce concrete structures. These bars are placed on suitable supports and are tied together with tie wire. Reinforcing Ironworkers have to carry these heavy steel bars from one point to another quite frequently. Reinforcing Ironworkers also place and stress post-tensioning tendons. Stressing of these tendons is done after the concrete has been poured using large hydraulic jacks. Reinforcing Ironworkers are employed wherever reinforced concrete is used in the construction of such things as buildings, freeways, bridges and drainage channels.
Ornamental Ironworkers install metal stairways, cat walks, gratings, iron ladders, metal window sash, glass, metal curtain wall, window wall, doors, gates, fences, screens, elevator fronts, platforms and railings. These metal products are fastened to the structures by bolting or welding. Ornamental Ironworkers are commonly referred to as "Finishers" and are employed in construction of large commercial, industrial and residential buildings.
Although rigging is considered a separate segment of the Ironworkers Trade, Structural Ironworkers, Reinforcing Ironworkers and Ornamental Ironworkers also do this type of work. Riggers must have knowledge of fiber line, wire rope, hooks, skids, rollers, proper hand signals and hoisting equipment. Ironworkers Riggers load, unload, move and set machinery, equipment, and material using power hoists, cranes, derricks, fork lifts or by hand, utilizing a series of blocks and tackle. Much of this work is done in the construction of and maintenance of industrial plants and pre cast concrete structures.
Steady employment in the ironworking industry is the exception not the rule. The volume of new construction and remodeling varies according to economic conditions, locality and weather. Much of the work is away from public transportation and Ironworkers are required to furnish their own transportation. The work is hard and can be uncomfortable during hot, cold or wet weather. Ironworkers frequently have to lift, carry, push or pull up to 100 pounds. They climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and walk on narrow steel members at great heights. Ironworkers, when employed, may work a 40 hour work week working 8 hours per day with 1/2 hour for lunch.
The road to becoming a Journeyman Ironworker is through Apprenticeship Training. The Ironworkers Apprenticeship is well organized and supervised method of training people, with little or no knowledge of the craft, to become Journeymen Ironworkers qualified in all segments of the trade.
Apprentices earn while they learn, working on the job alongside the Journeymen. In addition they attend classes of related and supplemental instruction, usually 180 hours per year for three years. These classes are held outside the working hours.
Apprenticeship is regulated by Federal and State Laws. The Federal Agency responsible for regulating apprenticeship is the Bureau of Apprenticeship Training, U.S. Department of Labor. The State Apprenticeship Council, whose members are appointed by the Governor, are responsible for the application and interpretation of the Apprenticeship Laws.
The Ironworkers Apprenticeship Program is set up under a Collective Bargaining Agreement between contractors and the unions. The cost of the program is borne by a contractual hourly contribution to the Apprenticeship Trust. A Board of Trustees, with 9 employer and 9 union representatives, administers this fund and determines policy. An Administrative Coordinator and staff of Coordinators are hired to operate the program. The Apprenticeship training is supervised by a Local Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) made of 3 representatives of the employers and 3 representatives of the local union. The JATC is assisted by a staff Coordinator, a State Apprenticeship Consultant and an advisor from the school district. The JATC establishes procedures and rules and regulations which are known as Apprenticeship Standards. These documents are approved by and registered with the State Apprenticeship Council and become the law for the program.
There are many benefits to be gained through the Ironworkers Apprenticeship Program. Some of which are as follows:
1. An opportunity to learn a trade in the most respected craft of the building and construction trades.
2. An opportunity to become a union member of the International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Ironworkers.
3. The opportunity to "earn" journeyman status which is recognized throughout the United States and Canada. This journeyman status is security for you and for your family for life.
4. The advantage of a fair and reasonable wage and fringe benefits such as the health and welfare, pension, annuity and vacation plans.
Requirements for the Ironworkers Apprenticeship Program:
1. Age Limitations- Applicants must be 18 years of age.
2. Physical Prerequisites- Applicants must be physically able to perform the work of the trade. No physical examination is required.
3. Educational Requirements- At the time of making application each applicant must present either a high school diploma, a certificate showing satisfactory scores (minimum of 40 in each test and 45 overall) in the General Education Development Test (G.E.D.) or a high school proficiency certificate. Each applicant must be able to read, write and speak the English language in order to comprehend instruction in related training classes and to insure personal and co-worker safety on the job.
4. New apprentices are dispatched for initial employment strictly in accordance with the Approved Apprenticeship Standard.
There are several steps for Ironworkers Apprentices:
1. Complete cooperation and willingness to learn.
2. Regular school attendance.
3. Dependability on the job.
4. A day's work for a day's pay.
The recruitment, selection, employment and training of apprentices is without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin or sex.
For Apprenticeship Training related matters ONLY:
California Field Ironworkers Apprenticeship Training and Journeyman Retraining Fund Jessica Lozano Apprenticeship Administrative Secretary Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Call: (626) 356-3049FAX (626) 356-4804
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