Skilled trades offer high paying and rewarding careers, especially for people who like to see the work they’ve completed at the end of the day.
In the 7 News area, the Iron Workers Joint Apprenticeship Training and Journeymen Retraining Committee accepts applications for apprenticeship in the Iron Workers trade every Monday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. in the office at 2350 Main Street in Wheeling.
An ironworker apprentice learns both in classes, and while working on the job. They gain experience under the guidance and direction of contractor supervisors and ironworker journeymen. Put another way, apprentices get paid to learn their trade.
Ironworking has many sectors. Each sector involves challenging and difficult work. Ironworkers must be willing to work as a team. They must be able to meet rigid standards and deadlines. Some jobs involve work on tall structures at high elevations. They must have a good sense of balance and be alert to potential danger to themselves and others. The apprenticeship program includes comprehensive safety training to Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards.
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Apprenticeship programs are equal opportunity employers. Broadly speaking, anyone at 18 years of age, in good physical condition, and eligible to work in the U.S. may apply. Because of the nature of this skilled trade, good math and reading skills, dependability, and hardworking would appear as a “plus” during the selection process.
Also required are a high school diploma or GED with official transcripts or scores, a valid driver’s licence, and reliable transportation. Prior to a formal indenture as an apprentice, applicants must pass a drug and alcohol screening test.
For additional information, call (304) 232-2660 or (304) 232-9610 on weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.