Apprentices – Building a Future Together

Ironworker Local 229 values apprentices as an essential foundation for the future. Recruiting, supporting, training and providing on-the-job experience for aspiring journeymen good enough to make the grade are critical.

Ironworker apprentices are employed in four related segments of the trade:

  1. Structural Ironworker: Assembles, erects and installs fabricated iron parts to form the skeleton of industrial, commercial and large-residential buildings.
  2. Reinforcing Ironworker: Fabricates and places steel bars in concrete forms to reinforce structures, such as freeways, bridges, drainage channels and commercial structures.
  3. Ornamental Ironworker: Installs metal stairways, catwalks, gratings, iron ladders, doors, gates, fences, platforms, railings and other “finishes” in the construction of large-commercial, industrial and residential buildings.
  4. Riggers and Machinery Movers: Loads, unloads and moves machinery equipment in the construction and maintenance of industrial plants and precast concrete structures.

Requirements to become an ironworker apprentice are:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Good physical condition
  • Pre-employment drug test
  • High school diploma or proficiency certificate or G.E.D.
  • Driver’s license
  • Reliable transportation
  • Four-year work-study program, including 204 hours per year in class work

Apprentices typically complete a progression of classes held at a training center in the Local 229 hall:

  • Advanced Welding
  • Architectural I
  • Architectural II
  • Architectural III
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Decking / Siding / Fencing
  • First Aid / CPR
  • Foreman Training
  • Forklift Safety
  • Haz-Mat Training
  • Lead-Hazard Training
  • Math for Ironworkers
  • Metal Buildings
  • Mine, Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)
  • Orientation / Safety
  • OSHA-30
  • OSHA-10
  • Precast Concrete
  • Reinforcing I
  • Reinforcing II
  • Rigging
  • Scaffold Dismantler / Erector
  • Scaffold Use
  • Structural I
  • Structural II
  • Structural II
  • Sub-Part R-Safety
  • Trade Science / History
  • Welding I
  • Welding II


To inquire about becoming an Ironworker apprentice, call Local 229’s apprenticeship and training coordinator, Mike Peterson at 858-505-9414.

Apprentice applications are accepted Monday – Friday (except holidays) 9 – 11 a.m.
Apply at Ironworkers Local 229 apprenticeship. 

3888 Beech St.
San Diego, CA 92105
(858) 505-9414

Apprentices may also try to earn an opportunity to represent Local 229 at an international skills competition, held every other year. Events typically include rod tying, instruments, column climbing, burning, knots and a written test.

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