Apprenticeship Program

Applications will be accepted at the local, 154 Humboldt St., Rochester, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month. Applications must be completed on the premises.


The committee requires that applicants:    

  • Be at least 18 years old.    

  • Have a high school or equivalency diploma. 

  • Transcript required if accepted for the program.    

  • Have a New York State drivers license -- apprentices will be required to drive company vehicles on public streets.    

  • Have reliable transportation to and from job sites and related instruction.    

  • Sign an affidavit stating they are physically able to do the work of an ironworker, which includes working at heights, on or off ladders, with materials or tools.

  • Be willing and able to attend our apprenticeship training program Monday and Wednesday nights from 5-8pm

For further information, applicants should contact the New York State Department of Labor office located nearest to their home or the local at 585-288-2630.


Apprentice programs registered with the Department of Labor must meet standards established by the Commissioner. Under state law, sponsors of programs cannot discriminate against applicants because of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability or marital status. Women and minorities are encouraged to submit applications for apprenticeship programs. Sponsors of programs are required to adopt affirmative action plans for the recruitment of women and minorities.


What is an apprentice?

An apprentice is an entry level position, where the individual will be given tasks based on their abilities. Where the individual will learn from other union ironworkers, and sharpen their skills daily. Apprentices will also attend the training program to further enhance their skills to bring to the job site and become the best union ironworker they can be.


Apprentice programs registered with the Department of Labor must meet standards established by the Commissioner. Under state law, sponsors of programs cannot discriminate against applicants because of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability or marital status. Women and minorities are encouraged to submit applications for apprenticeship programs. Sponsors of programs are required to adopt affirmative action plans for the recruitment of women and minorities.


What qualifications do I need in order to become a successful ironworker apprentice?

Qualifications to become an apprentice include a strong foundation of math and literacy skills, a high school or an equivalency diploma, and the ability to successfully complete an aptitude test. Additionally a qualified candidate must be physically fit, drug-free, have access to reliable transportation, and have proof of citizenship or the legal right to work in the U.S. 


Most importantly be on time and willing to learn and work at your job site.


What are the benefits of an Apprenticeship Training and Union Membership?

Apprenticeship training provides individuals with the skills needed to compete economically and work safely. Union members of the building and construction trades typically receive higher wages and better benefits than those employed by non-union contractors. 


Some of the other many benefits of becoming an union ironworker include:


  • Health and dental insurance 

  • Pension 

  • Vacation fund

  • Annuity

  • Union pride 


RANKING OF APPLICANTS:

Applicants are ranked numerically on an eligibility list for Apprenticeship entry. Ranking points are given for education, previous employment, past employers, recommendations, and for military service.  Classes useful in preparation for a career in the Union Ironworking industry are:


1. Mathematics

2. Drafting and blueprint reading

3. Construction technology

4. Shop classes

5. Welding


RELATED TRAINING:

This is a four year program.  204 hours of related classroom training shall be required each year.


HELMETS TO HARDHATS

Iron Workers Local Union No. 33 participates in the Helmets to Hardhats program.