Apprenticeship Requirements:

  1. Must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Must have a valid driver’s license.
  3. Original Certified birth certificate.
  4. Provide proof of residency in Local 444 jurisdictions at the time of application.
  5. Be legally eligible to work in the United States.
  6. The physical ability to work in the construction industry without posing a threat to health and safety to the individual or others.
  7. Have your high school diploma or equivalent.
  8. High school and post high school transcripts.
  9. DD214 for military experience (if applicable).
  10. Applicant must have reliable transportation.
  11. Successfully pass a WorkKeys test provided by JJC.  **
  12. Pass a fair and impartial interview and drug screen.
  13. Must be able to read, write, and speak English.

 Females and minorities are encouraged to apply. EEO

Ironworkers Local 444 is committed to keeping pace with today's growing needs in education and training. The construction industry demands a workforce that is ready and willing to expand it's programs to train workers in the latest technologies.

Term of Apprenticeship
Local 444 currently operates a 3 year apprentice program. The term of apprenticeship shall be no less than 4200  hours of on-the-job training provided all of the standards are met. In addition to on-the-job training, a minimum of 204 hours of related classroom studies shall be completed each year.  At the completion of the Apprentice Program, each apprentice must appear before the Examining Board of Local 444 to take a written and practical test. Upon passing this examination, the Apprentice shall qualify as a Journeyman Iron Worker.

Studies and Requirements of Classes
Students must maintain a passing grade average. Welding certification is mandatory for completion of the apprentice training. No student will move on to journeyman until an AWS D.1.1-96,  D1.5-95 weld certification has been completed. Evening classes run from September through May (5:00 PM  to 9:00 PM two nights a week).

Course studies include:

  • Structural steel
  • Concrete reinforcement
  • Rigging
  • Ornamental
  • Welding
  • Job planning and procedures
  • Math
  • Hazard awareness and safe work procedures
  • Metal buildings
  • Post tensioning
  • OSHA 30
  • Blueprint reading
  • Labor history and union principles

Apprentice Selection Procedures

Applications will be accepted online only.