Apprenticeship Requirements:

You Must:

  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 and be legally eligible to work in the United States.
  5. Apply in person at 2082 Oak Leaf St., Joliet, IL from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
  6. Have your high school diploma or equivalent.
  7. High school and post high school transcripts.
  8. DD214 for military experience.
  9. Applicant must have reliable transportation.

Applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable $25.00 test processing fee. There is a study guide available upon request for an additional $15.00. Please pay by cashier’s check, money order, debit or credit card. If paying by credit or debit card a nominal fee will apply. No cash or personal checks will be accepted.

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 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 10
  • Blueprint reading
  • Labor history and union principles

Qualification of Apprenticeship
Applicants shall not be less than 18 years of age.  Each applicant is required to present an original birth certificate.Applicants are required to provide a high school diploma, or GED certificate at time of application.   Original documents will be copied by the Apprenticeship Office for file and returned to applicant at time of selection, and prior to orientation, apprentices will be required to pass a drug screening.  Random drug screening will be carried out throughout the term of Apprenticeship.  Applicants must show proof of residency in the Local 444 jurisdiction to apply.

Apprentice Selection Procedures
Applications will be accepted at The Ironworkers Apprenticeship office, at pre-designated hours.  Announcement concerning the opportunity to apply for the Ironworkers apprenticeship will be made available through published newspapers periodically.  We are currently not accepting applications.

For more information on our Apprenticeship program please call: 815-725-0725