Local Union #401
of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Ironworkers

What is expected of ironworker apprentices?

  • Complete cooperation and willingness to learn
  • Mandatory school attendance
  • Dependability on the job
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • The development of safe work habits
  • Perform a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay
  • Be drug and alcohol free

Training — Earn While You Learn

What is an Apprentice?

An apprentice is an employee who learns a skilled trade through planned, supervised work on-the-job, while at the same time receiving related technical classroom instruction. Apprentices are required to sign an indenture agreement with their Joint Apprenticeship Committee that spells out the requirements and expectations of an apprentice ironworker.

Apprentices are taught the proper use, care, and safe handling of the tools and equipment used in connection with their work and, of course, the important skills necessary to become a successful tradesperson.

Apprentices are evaluated both on-the-job and in the classroom to determine their progress. If the on-the-job or school training is unsatisfactory, the apprentice may be dropped from the program, or may need to repeat that segment of training.

What can I expect of an Ironworker Apprenticeship Program?

The Ironworkers Local 401 Apprenticeship Program is a 4 years in length consisting of 8,000 hours on-the job training along with 816 hours of related classroom training. The training includes instruction in the erection of structural steel, ornamental metals, welding, and rigging, blueprint reading, care and safe use of tools, mathematics, safety welding and oxy-acetylene flame cutting. The classroom training and hands-on training complement the training received in the field.

Application Requirements

  • be at least 18 years of age and willing to take on the challenge of the ‘high iron’
  • be physically able to perform the work of the trade
  • be a high school graduate or have passed the General Education Development Test
  • possess a valid driver’s license

Comments or Questions
Please contact Tim Casey – tcasey@local401.com, 215-676-3474

Apprenticeship Program

Our Apprenticeship Program is administered by a Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee. The Committee consists of 3 contractor representatives from the Philadelphia Steel Erectors Association and 3 union representatives from Ironworkers Local 401, and is registered with the U.S. Office of Apprenticeship and Training and the Pennsylvania Apprenticeship and Training Council.

Apprentices receive training in all segments of the industry, such as, structural steel erection, rigging, miscellaneous and architectural metal erection, metal window systems, blueprint reading, welding, flame cutting, plasma arc welding and cutting, fence installation, use of hand and power tools, OSHA Construction Safety Regulations, First Aid/CPR, and the use of precise plumbing and leveling instruments. The training is comprised of “hands-on” activities, demonstrations by equipment suppliers, and classroom lectures.The Ironworkers Apprenticeship Program is a four year program which combines supervised on the job training and related classroom instruction. Local 401’s Apprenticeship Program provides an Administrative Coordinator and highly skilled Instructors to train people to qualify as productive craftsmen in all phases of the ironworking industry.

Apprenticeship Applications

Applications for Apprenticeship will be accepted at 11602 Norcom Road, Philadelphia during the first 2 full weeks of March 2021. Please bring a photo I.D. at time of application.


Local Union #401 of Philadelphia, PA • 11600 Norcom Road • Philadelphia PA, 19154
Phone (215) 676-3000 • Fax (215) 676-3001 • Email ironworkers401@gmail.com

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