International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers

Want to join an elite membership of skilled craftsmen and women who are trained to be the best? Looking for a defined benefit pension? Excellent healthcare for you and your family? A generous annuity plan? If you answered “Yes”, then the Iron Workers Union apprenticeship is right for you.

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More Than Excellent Wages

Our Apprentices Have An Opportunity To Build A Career In The Construction Trades

Learn With The Best

Every member of the Iron Workers Union plays an important role in every infrastructure project.  Our 100K+ members touch every bridge, warehouse, or skyscraper you see.  Let us teach you the in-demand skills required for these critical projects.  Learn Structural, Reinforcing, Ornamental, Rigging, or Welding specialties from master Iron Workers as an apprentice.

Earn While You Learn

Certified WV Iron Workers and other construction positions are in high demand across the United States. As an apprentice with the Iron Workers you will develop industry skills while you earn top wages and enjoy excellent benefits, including: Competitive Wages, Defined Benefit Pension Plans, Health Insurance, plus Welding/Rigging & OSHA Certifications.

Unlock Your Future

Are you ready to reach your potential and find out about how the sky is the limit for ironworkers? From all ages and genders, the Iron Workers Union creates a great work environment so that everyone feels comfortable performing quality work that helps re-build America. As an apprentice, learn from experienced ironworkers in specialties such as Structural, Reinforcing, Ornamental, Rigging, or Welding.

Join A Brotherhood Of Skilled Craftsmen & Women

Ironworkers are the backbone of construction projects, playing a vital role in creating buildings, bridges, and various structures. They are skilled in interpreting blueprints and expertly handling and placing structural steel, precast concrete, and other construction materials.  Proficient in their craft, ironworkers excel at installing steel studs for interior walls, adjusting and positioning steel joists to support concrete floors or ceilings, and working with ornamental and structural metals, including railings, power doors, metal stairways, and handrails.  Join the ranks of these talented professionals who bring structures to life and forge the future of construction.

Our History

The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, AFL-CIO (IW), is a proud trade association whose beginnings go back to the 1890s. The IW represents 120,000 members in North America. Members of our union have worked on nearly every major construction project you can think of – the Golden Gate Bridge, the Sears Tower, the St. Louis Arch, the Oil Sands Plant Expansion in Alberta, the World Trade Center and Freedom Tower.
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What We Do

The Ironworkers construct various types of buildings, bridges, and industrial structures. Every day, hardworking and dedicated Ironworkers use their skills and expertise to build the bridges that connect us, the stadiums where we watch our sports heroes, and the towering structures that reach for the sky.
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Work Anywhere In West Virginia

Our jurisdiction covers all of the fifty-five (55) counties of West Virginia. The Ironworkers have two locals across the state Local 549 and 787- and one in KY- 769, and one in MD- 568. They have training centers in Wheeling, Parkersburg, Cumberland, MD, and Ashland, KY.

What Type Of Work Does An Iron Worker Do?

With precision and expertise, ironworkers erect the framework of a building by securely positioning steel girders and other essential elements. Their versatility extends to assembling prefabricated structures, executing welding tasks, and reinforcing concrete through the incorporation of metal bars or mesh during the setting process.

Why Join The Iron Workers Apprenticeship Program?

Every ironworker contributes to essential infrastructure projects. We ensure that every bridge, warehouse, or skyscraper reflects our expertise. Join our team and acquire the in-demand skills necessary to excel in these crucial projects. Begin your journey into the world of ironworking and be part of something extraordinary.

Become An Apprentice With The WVBT

Join Iron Workers Local Union 549

Click to fill out our Application For Apprenticeship

Iron Workers Local Union 549

2350 Main Street
Wheeling, WV 23003

Apprenticeship Coordinator: Nathan Ford

(304) 232-2660

Join Iron Workers Union 787

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Iron Workers Local Union 787

303 Erickson Boulevard
Parkersburg, WV 26101

Apprenticeship Coordinator: Brad Winans

(304) 485-6231

Join Ironworkers 586 JATC

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Iron Workers Local 586

119 South Centre Street
Cumberland, MD 21502

Apprenticeship Coordinator: Cliff Windricks

(301) 777-7433

Join Ironworkers 769

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Iron Workers Local 769

2151 Greenup Avenue
Ashland, KY 41101

Apprenticeship Coordinator: Michael Blakeman

(606) 929-9656

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