Here at Local 172 we take great pride in the fact that we build our city.  We want to make Columbus a city of fruitful work and the only way to accomplish this is to put up more office buildings, bridges, etc. Below you should be able to answer any of your questions concerning our apprentice program.

We accept applications on Saturdays from 8AM to NOON.    If you are interested in our program, please read on to find out what is needed at the time of application from yourself and what ironworking entails.

~JOB DESCRIPTION~

Iron workers fabricate, erect, assemble and install fabricated structural metal products in industrial, commercial or large residential building.  Iron workers are categorized according to four different skills.

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STRUCTURAL ~ These Iron workers erect the steel framework of bridges, buildings and other structures including metal storage tanks and overhead crane runways.

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RIGGERS & MACHINE MOVERS ~ These Iron workers set up and rig hoisting equipment for erecting and dismantling structural steel frames and for moving heavy construction machinery and equipment.

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ORNAMENTAL ~ These Iron workers assemble and install grills, canopies, metal stairways, floor gratings, iron ladders, metal window sashes and doors, decorative iron railings and gates and lamp posts. 

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REINFORCING ~ These Iron workers set steel bats in concrete forms to reinforce buildings and bridges.

 

~WORKING CONDITIONS~

 

Iron workers work in the weather and in the most awkward areas (especially several stories in the air).  They work while the hot sun is beating down on them, while the snow is falling and everything is white and in many other conditions.  However, if the weather is too severe they are not permitted to work and sent home for the day or until the weather clears up. Iron workers are at risk for possible injuries everyday, such as; falls, burns, cuts, and abrasions.  The injury rate is highest in iron work rather than all other construction areas.  Iron workers do a lot of sitting, walking, climbing and balancing on the steel.  Ironworkers work frequently in high places, using nets, safety belts and scaffolds.   Iron workers should receive satisfaction from tangible productive results and be able to work to prescribed close tolerances and rigid standards.  They must not be afraid of heights, have an acute awareness of danger involved, and assume responsibility for their fellow iron workers (brothers).

 

~RECOMMENDED HIGH SCHOOL COURSES~

 

There are courses that we recommend having, but they are not essential to a career in iron work, they would just be helpful.  We recommend general math, algebra, geometry, physics, mechanical drawing, and welding.

 

~TERMS OF APPRENTICESHIP~

 

Local 172 requires the following in order for an apprentice to become a journeyman;

 

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4 years of on the job training

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4 years of classroom instruction

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Membership dues payments on time each month

 

~QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS FOR THE APPRENTICESHIP~

 

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Minimum age of 18 years

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High School Diploma or GED certificate

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All applicants must reside in the jurisdiction of Iron Workers Local #172

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Valid Drivers License

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Pass a Mechanical Aptitude test administered by the apprenticeship program

 

~CONTACTS~

 

Coordinator:   Todd Strope

Email:           strope@ironworkers172.com

Telephone:    (614) 497-0550 *best number to call*

 

~SCHOOL INFORMATION~

Instructor:      Jeremy Gilpen

Email:            gilpen@ironworkers172.com

Address:        1613 Feddern Drive

                    Grove City, OH  43123-1205

Telephone:    (614) 875-9444

 

 

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