Recruitment FAQ

Recruitment

Please check back in March of 2018 for the next recruitment dates

Information

The Committee requires that applicants:

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
    • Must take and pass the Iron Workers’ written aptitude test.
  • Must be able to follow written directions.
  • Must submit to a drug test, at the expense of the sponsor, after selection and prior to indenture.
    • Must be physically able to perform the work of an Iron Worker.
  • Must take and pass a physical test, which includes:
    • Climbing up a 35-foot column in less than 40 seconds and safely climbing back down.
    • Climbing a ladder 20 feet up onto a 5.5 inch wide beam and walking on top of that beam for 20 feet, turning around and returning to the ladder. Climbing four feet down the ladder onto a platform and pulling up a bucket that weighs 75 pounds. Lowering the bucket back to the ground, pulling it up, and lowering it to the ground again. Climbing back down the ladder. This must be completed in less than three and a half minutes.
    • Raising and lowering 2,000 pounds of steel 40 inches into the air with a chain fall in less than two minutes and 15 seconds.
    • Carrying a 45-pound tool up and down a staircase, three times, in less than one minute and 30 seconds.

Please check our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section below if you would like more information about our program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there particular tests that we must take to join the program?

All applicants will take a written test first. The top qualifiers will come back for a physical test prior to acceptance into the program. Once accepted a drug test is required.

Do we take the test the same day we pick up the application?

No. You will be given a date to come back and take the aptitude test when you pick up your application.
Applications MUST be picked up in person

How do we get selected for admission?

After taking an aptitude test, all applicants will be in rank order depending on their scores from the test. The top scorers of the test will come back to take a physical test. If they pass the physical test they will be accepted into our program and be given a drug test. The very top qualifiers (the # of people depends on the availability of work) will start within 6 months or 18 months depending on their rank.

What is included in the physical test?

The physical test covers basic job functions of an Iron Worker such as:

  • Climbing up a 35-foot column in less than 40 seconds and safely climbing back down. (You can search the internet for “column climb” and view the results for technique and tips.)
  • Climbing a ladder 20 feet up onto a 5.5 inch wide beam and walking on top of that beam for 20 feet, turning around and returning to the ladder. Climbing four feet down the ladder onto a platform and pulling up a bucket that weighs 75 pounds. Lowering the bucket back to the ground, pulling it up, and lowering it to the ground again. Climbing back down the ladder. This must be completed in less than three and a half minutes.
  • Standing on a platform 14 feet in the air and pulling a 75-pound bucket up and down twice.
  • Raising and lowering 2,000 pounds of steel 40 inches into the air with a chain fall in less than two minutes and 15 seconds.
  • Carrying a 45-pound tool up and down a staircase, three times, in less than one minute and 30 seconds.

How long is this program?

The Apprentice program is a 3 year program. First and Second year students attend classes on Tuesday & Wednesday nights from 5:00 – 7:00pm. Third year students attend class one night a week (either Tuesday or Wednesday) from 4:00 – 8:00pm. All students will attend frequent Saturday classes. There will be a summer break.

How will we find work as an Iron Worker?

When you get accepted into our program you will be referred to one of our hiring halls to get sent out for work. You work during the day and go to school during the evening.

I am a union Iron Worker in another state, can I transfer my book over?

For individuals who are interested in transferring their book to our union, you will need to have your apprentice coordinator as well as your business manager contact the particular local you would like to join.

Is experience required? Will it help me get accepted?

Work experience is not required.
Is there an age limit?

Yes, you must be at least 18 years old to work in New York State. You must produce a photo ID to verify age.

Is there tuition for schooling?

No, this training program is FREE to all students as it is funded through the contributions of the employees and employers of Iron Workers Locals 40 & 361.

What happens if I was separated from the program?

If you have been separated from our program, there is no eligibility to re-enter.

What is the starting pay for an Apprentice Iron Worker?

Starting pay begins at approximately $30/hr plus benefits (pension,health and annuities)

What requirements are needed to enter our program?

You are required to have:

  • Copy-Proof of age – at least 18 years old (State or Government issued picture ID)
  • Copy-Proof of education – minimum of GED
  • $25 money order made payable to the Iron Workers JAC
    (Only money order will be accepted)

You MUST have the required Proof of age, picture ID and the $25 money order in order to receive an application. Individuals who cannot provide these documents will be refused an application. The proof of education will be required at a later date, we will notify you when you will need to produce it for us.

What should I study for to prepare for the aptitude exam? Are there any books I can purchase?

There are no particular books recommended. It is a general knowledge exam that includes reading comprehension and math.

Where do we pick up applications?

At our Training Facility at 35-23 36th St. Astoria NY, 11106.


Please check back in March of 2018 for the next recruitment dates