We are currently accepting applications for apprenticeship

A scheduled 1½-2 hour "Jobfit Test" is a questionnaire taken on our computer that is required for applying.

Please contact the Training Center at 651-489-3829 for more information and to schedule your Jobfit Test/Application. No walk-in tests will be given.

Apprenticeship Information


  • Must not be less than 18 years of age.
  • Must possess sufficient physical fitness in order to perform the duties of the trade.
  • Must have a high school diploma or a G.E.D. certificate.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or in the process of naturalization.
  • Must complete the required written examination (Region A & B applicants only).

Applicants meeting the above requirements will be interviewed and rated by the Joint Apprenticeship Committee.

Prior to placement with a contractor, each selected candidate will be required to successfully complete a drug screen, attend orientation and training classes in OSHA 10, OSHA Sub-Part R, MSHA and First Aid/CPR before final acceptance into the program.

Applicants selected for job placement must be able to furnish their own transportation, pay school tuition, purchase tools, be agreeable to a certain amount of travel, and be aware of periods of unemployment due to the lack of construction activity.

This is a three year/6,000 hour program of on the job training, plus no less than 204 hours of related classroom and shop training per year. Related training classes are held two nights per week, September through May. Class fees are approximately $350 per semester with all text books and materials furnished.

*SPECIAL NOTE: The actual number of placements, or if a class will be accepted, is dependent upon the level of construction activity.

Larry Gilbertson-- Training Director

Iron Workers must provide their own hand tools as necessary for the type of work they are performing. Initial cost for the basic tools an apprentice will need is from $375.00 to $750.00.

Iron Workers must be able to furnish their own transportation and be agreeable to a certain amount of travel. Many times construction sites are located outside of the metropolitan area and require reliable transportation. 

Eight hours per day, between 7:00 A. M. and 3:30 P. M. Monday through Friday constitutes a normal work week. Hours worked at other times would generally be considered overtime with higher wages. Some projects have night work where a shift differential pay is added to the base pay.

Earn While You Learn

Apprenticeship classes are generally conducted after normal working hours to allow apprentices to gain on-the-job experience and bring home a respectable wage while they are in training. Some areas, however, provide classes during working hours. In some instances the apprentice may have to attend weekend classes.


You are immediately required to join the Union and within 30 days are required to complete an assessment test -- test information will be included in your apprenticeshp packet. You will be required to pay monthly dues, and when employed, working dues are required. Union meetings are held monthly and participation by all members is encouraged.



Apprentice wages start at 70% of the Journeyperson rate and will receive a 5% increase every six months if on the job training hours and related training requirements are met.

Apprentices receive the same fringe benefit package as a Journeyperson. This includes pension plans and health insurance for you and your family.

Choose a CAREER Not Just a Job

Do you like to work with your hands? Do you like to be creative? Do you like to solve problems? Do you like to be outdoors and college just doesn't seem to be the choice right now? A career as a Union Ironworker could be the right choice for you. Ironworkers build bridges, office towers, highways, hotels, stadiums and more.

  • Ironwworkers create ornamental finishes.
  • Ironworkers read blueprints.
  • Ironworkers figure out the best way to tackle the job.
  • Ironworkers work as part of a team.


The International Ironworkers Union offers a multi-year apprenticeship program. Apprentices are paid and receive benefits while gaining experience through on-the-job training and in the classroom. Starting wages for ironworker apprentices are 70% of a journeyman's wage, with 5% pay increases every 6 months.

Experienced Ironworkers - known as journeymen - can expect steady employment, job security and the opportunity to advance in their career.

An Ironworkers education does not stop once his or her apprenticeship ends. Through the unions National Training Fund, journeymen are encouraged to take specialized courses in foreman training, earn their welding certification and take advanced safety and health classes.

Union Ironworkers are the safest in their craft. Each apprentice and journeyman learns construction safety regulations and standards set by U.S. and Canadian government officials.


Region A:

Main Hall
851 Pierce Butler Route
St. Paul, MN 55104-1634
Phone: 651-489-1488

Training Center
Call Here for Applications

Region B:

Hermantown Hall
3752 Midway Road
Hermantown, MN 55810
Phone: 218-724-5073

Region C:

Bismarck Hall
410 S 22nd Street 
Bismarck, ND 58504
Phone: 701-663-4266