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Field Ironworkers Apprenticeship & Training Program
Phoenix, AZ


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Ironworker Training in the California District Council
Arizona, California, and Nevada

In Arizona there approximately 410 active journeymen ironworkers and 90 apprentice member.

The Ironworkers district council has 7 central and 4 satellite training facilities in the three state area where members can obtain apprenticeship, safety, welding, and journeymen upgrade training at no cost to them. Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, Reno, San Diego, Los Angeles,  San Bernardino, Fresno, Sacramento, Benicia, and San Francisco.

Training centers are state of the art facilities that contain the highest quality classrooms, welding facilities and equipment, training materials, training mock ups and instructors. The District council is funded primarily by a member’s contribution of $.72 per hour. The annual cost to run the district council training is nearly 10 Million dollars per year.

Nationally there are over 150 training centers. There is nearly 17,500 ironworker apprentices enrolled  on average. It is estimated the 50 Million dollars is spent annually on apprenticeship training and journeymen upgrading. The combined programs graduate about 6500 apprentices per year on average.  Ironworkers understand the value of training.

Training Facilities
Ironworker training facilities must meet the high standards set by the International Union. All of our Primary facilities meet the International Apprenticeship Certification Program (IACP), a comprehensive lofty set of facility and instructional standards that is audited every three years. Each welding facility meets the American Welding Society standards as a qualified certification facility where members can obtain National welding certifications from the Certified Welding Inspectors employed there. The apprenticeship has invested in state of the art smoke extraction systems to protect welders from potentially dangerous fumes.

Ironworker instructors are experienced journeymen with experience in the topics they instruct. Instructors receive annual training in instructor professional development courses as well as periodic classes in how to teach safety classes such as OSHA 500, scaffold user/erector, lead hazard, and other pertinent courses. Many instructors and facility coordinators have college degrees.

Arizona apprentices complete a four year program where they attend class quarterly and receive up to 48 college credits from Gateway Community College free of charge while completing over 200 hours of classroom training annually. They must also complete 5600 hours of field work in this time frame.

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