Apprenticehsip Coordinator:
Seth Gorman
Phone: (319) 365-8675
Fax: (319) 365-3285

The Joint Apprenticeship and Training program of Ironworkers Local #89 was started in 1965.  The mission and purpose of this program is to provide the skilled labor required to work in all aspects of the Ironworking Industry.

The trade of ironwork involves working both at great heights and underground.  We work indoors and outdoors, summer and winter therefore an ironworker must endure the heat of the summer as well as the cold in the winter.  An ironworker must be physically fit and may be required to carry loads of 100 lbs. while walking over rough and uneven terrain.  On the other spectrum, an ironworker must have the patience to install delicate balcony rail or erect a complicated window wall system.

Structural Ironworkers erect the steel framework of bridges, buildings, towers and other structures including metal storage tanks and overhead crane runways.  They also install steel decking and do all types of welding operations.

Ornamental Ironworkers install metal stairways, catwalks, floorgratings, metal ladders, metal window sash and doors, grills, screens and bank equipment.  They apply all types of caulking and sealant.

Reinforcing Ironworkers set steel bars in concrete forms to reinforce concrete structures.  They place steel bars on suitable supports in the concrete forms and tie the bars at the intersections so that each bar receives its intended structural load.

Ironworkers Local #89 serves all of the following counties:Mitchell, Howard, Winneshiek, Allamakee, Floyd, Chickasaw, Clayton, Butler, Bremer, Fayette, Dubuque, Delaware, Buchanan, Blackhawk, Grundy, Jones, Linn, Benton, Tama, Johnson, Iowa, North half of Washington County, Northeast corner of Muscatine County, Northwest half of Cedar County, Northwest corner of Jackson County and East Dubuque, IL.

An Apprentice Ironworker will be required to work in all areas of Local #89 as the need arises.

The working hours of an Ironworker is based on an 8 hour day and a 40 hour week but due to the fact that the bulk of our work is outside and subject to weather, a 40 hour week is not always obtainable.

An Apprentice Ironworker will start at 60% of Journeyman wage with the possibility of a 5% raise each 6 month period until the Apprentice reaches 90% of  Journeyman wages.  An Apprentice is required to pay monthly union dues and 4% of gross wage assessment to Ironworkers Local #89.

The education skills needed to be a successful Ironworker are but not limited to reading, writing, math, drafting and all aspects of shop.

Ironworkers are required to furnish their own clothing and the proper hand tools to work at our trade.

As an Apprentice and/or Journeyman you will be required by some employers to pass a physical examination and drug test as a condition for employment.

Northeast Iowa Ironworkers Local #89 Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee Trust admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. 

Northeast Iowa Ironworkers
Joint Apprenticeship and
Training Committee

What is an Apprentice?
An apprentice is a training-level employee who works in the building and construction trades while also attending classes to learn industry skills and safety techniques. Wages for an apprentice increase over the course of this training, which lasts from two to five years depending on the trade. An apprentice who graduates to journey-person is recognized as a well-qualified worker who can command the best wages and benefits.

What are the qualifications to become an apprentice?
Qualifications to become an apprentice include a strong foundation of math and literacy skills, a high school or an equivalency diploma, and the ability to successfully complete an aptitude test. Additionally a qualified candidate must be physically fit, drug-free, have access to reliable transportation, and have proof of citizenship or the legal right to work in the 

U.S.What are the benefits of an Apprenticeship Training and Union Membership?
Apprenticeship training provides individuals with the skills needed to compete economically and work safely. Union members of the building and construction trades typically receive higher wages and better benefits than those employed by non-union contractors.

Apprenticeship Requirments:

  • AGE - Eighteen years of age


  1. Birth Certificate

  2. High school diploma or GED

  3. School transcripts

  4. Veterans may supply copy of DD214.

  5. Valid driver's license

Applications will not be processed until minimum qualifications are met. 

Applications may be updated at anytime.

Applicants are ranked numerically on an eligibility list for Apprenticeship entry. Ranking points are given for education, previous employment, past employers, recommendations, and for military service.  Classes useful in preparation for a career in the Union Ironworking industry are:

  1. Mathematics

  2. Drafting and blueprint reading

  3. Construction technology

  4. Shop classes

  5. Welding

This is a three year program.  204 hours of related classroom training shall be required each year.