Apprenticeship

This is a four-year program that allows apprentices to earn a living while learning their trade. Apprentices spend approximately 6,000 hours in on-the-job training, working alongside certified Journeyman Iron Workers. In addition to their on-site training, apprentices are required to complete 180 hours of classes each year.

Click Here to read about our apprenticeship program at the University of Iron.

To apply for an apprenticeship you must do the following:

  • Be at least 18 years of ageHave a high school diploma, G.E.D., or equivalent.

  • Be able to read, write and speak English (this is both to comprehend the in-class instruction and to ensure safety and communication on the work site).

  • Applicants must appear in person to complete an application form.

  • Be able to successfully pass a drug test.


Although not required to apply, it is also recommended that you do the following:

  • Be physically able to work normally in the trade (Iron workers often need to carry or lift heavy weights. They should also have a good sense of balance at great heights).

  • Purchase or own the required hand tools, which will cost approximately $350 to $400.

  • Have a reliable way to get to and from job sites and classes.

  • It is also helpful to have had high school courses in mathematics, metal works or mechanical drawing.


Accepted applicants will be added to an existing eligibility pool. Be aware that this means applicants are not guaranteed employment. Also, be aware that if you cannot meet apprenticeship requirements, including physical fitness, you will be dropped from the program and employment will be terminated.

The apprenticeship program is regulated by federal and state laws. The recruitment, selection, employment, and training of apprentices during their apprenticeship shall be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.

Applications are accepted at the following locations at the times and on the days stated ONLY:

SACRAMENTO
Office hours: M-F, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
3524 51st Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone: 916-428-7420
Fax: 916-428-7422

RENO
Applications will be accepted on the Fourth Wednesday of the month ( except holidays ) between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
14295 Mt Bismark St.
Reno, NV 89506
Phone: 1-775-384-1186  or  1-775-331-8696   
FAX 1-775-358-7577

WAGES
Iron Worker Apprentices start at 50% of the Journeyman’s pay scale and receive semi-annual increases based on their progress in the program. Once they’ve worked 300 hours, apprentices also receive fringe benefits such as the health and welfare, pension, annuity and vacation plans.