training / Apprenticeship

Apprentice Applications will be accepted until Wednesday September 21, 2016 at 3:00 pm  
(No Application will be accepted after 3pm on September 21, 2016.)

Local 424’s apprenticeship is a 4 year program. Classes are held at night from 5:00-8:00 pm, at our training facility located at 15 Bernhard Road in North Haven, CT. All classes are mandatory! Apprentice Instructors are Journeymen Ironworkers that have received  training from the International and are qualified to teach the courses required by our International. The first 4 months consist of an orientation period, where apprentices will learn the HISTORY OF THE IRONWORKERS UNION and their responsibilities as an apprentice and the tools used in the different phases of the Ironworking trade. Apprentices will also receive safety training in OSHA 10 construction safety, SUBPART R steel erection, SUBPART D hazard communication and AERIAL and SCISSOR LIFT training. During the orientation period apprentices will be exposed to and learn the proper set up and safety procedures for OXY/FUEL cutting and the different WELDING processes used by the IRONWORKERS in the field. This orientation prepares the apprentice to join the work force when work becomes available. 

Once the orientation has been completed, apprentices will continue their courses one night a week in theory class and another night doing hands on training and welding and burning. Occasional Saturday classes are required for equipment certifications, first aid/CPR, Political Awareness or as needed to meet our needs.    

In theory class apprentices will be taught courses in Blueprint reading, Structural steel erection, Post tensioning (bonded and unbonded), Reinforcing, Architectural and Ornamental Ironworking. Other courses include Math for Ironworkers, Green construction, Scaffold safety, Rigging, Crane signaling, CPR, Basic first aid and how to tie the many Knots and Hitches used by Ironworkers.   

In the welding shop apprentices will learn how to become proficient with OXY/FUEL cutting technique’s and OXY/FUEL safety. Apprentices will learn how to set up and operate Shielded Metal Arc Welding machines and Flux Core Welding equipment, as well as proper safety practices associated with these processes. Local 424’s goal is to certify students in welding by the time they complete their 4 year apprenticeship.     

You can apply for Local 424’s apprenticeship in person Monday-Thursday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at our office, 15 Bernhard Road in North Haven, CT.  

Applicants must bring with them:

• Birth Certificate

• Social Security Card

• Valid CT Driver’s License

• High School Diploma or G.E.D.

• Military Discharge Papers ( if applicable).    
*Applications will not be accepted without all of these documents  
Current Apprentice Instructors: 

John Jones: Apprentice Coordinator, Welding
Fred Bemis: Welding and Architectural

Lou Caldeira:  Rebar, blueprint reading
Mark Stiber: ReBar, Post Tensioning, Blueprint reading
Joe Sorensen: Structural Reinforcing ,rigging, cranes
Junior Hunt: Welding, Lift Certifications
Victor Vega: Assisting Welding 
Andy Batters:  Apprentice Instructor