Apprenticeship Program

Journeyperson Upgrades

Basic Requirements
  • Birth Certificate
  • Driver’s License
  • Social Security Card
  • High School Diploma or GED
What Does Being an Apprentice Mean?

Are you willing to work hard and get paid good money while you train? That’s right! Unlike trade schools, the union pays for the instructors and materials and you pay for training costs of about $500 in fees and dues. You’ll be on the job earning a good living while you learn the trade. However, there’s no getting around it – the work is demanding – and much of it is outdoors.

What Is Expected of An Apprentice Accepted Into The Program?

Being an apprentice is not necessarily an easy task. We run a tight ship and a good work ethic as well as being responsible and dependable is required at all times. All apprentices are expected to act in a professional and mature manner while in school and also in the workplace.

What Does the Training Cost?

The total training cost will be approximately $500. This cost includes:

  1. Application Fee: $20 (non-refundable)
  2. Drug Screen (if Accepted): $60
  3. Initiation Fee and Dues (if Accepted): $131
  4. 1st Year Books (approximate): $170
  5. Tools (approximate): $75-150
When is My Training?

There are 3 weeks of training per school year; 40 hours per week to be held in the Fall, Winter, and Spring. Also, 3 nights per month and every Wednesday night for Labor History.

What Will My Rate of Pay Be?

Your rate of pay will be 60% of Journeyworker Rate. There is a 10% raise after the first 6 months and 5% every 6 months after that. The amount you work is up to you. The amount of work available also depends on the weather and the economy.

Boston Hot Work Safety Certification

The definition of “hot work” per the amended Boston Fire Prevention Code includes: Welding and allied processes; Heat treating; Grinding; Thawing pipes; Powder-driven fasteners; Hot Riveting; Torch-applied roofing; and any similar applications producing or using sparks, flame or heat. In June 2016, the Boston City Council passed an ordinance amending the Boston Fire Prevention Code requiring that, effective January 1, 2017, all persons engaged in hot work operations must obtain a Hot Work Safety Certificate.

Aerial Lift Training

An aerial lift is any vehicle-mounted device used to elevate personnel, including: Extendable boom platforms, Aerial ladders, Articulating (jointed) boom platforms, Vertical towers, and any combination of the above. In this course you will learn how to safely use, operate, and inspect an aerial lift.

Post Tension

This is a mandatory 40 hour course for certification. You will learn the definitions of hardware, mathematics and formulas, storage, installation, stressing of tendons, and blueprints which are essential to post tensioning. The primary purpose of this course is to prepare and train participants to pass the new Post-Tensioning Ironworker Construction exam.

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