Become an Apprentice with Iron Workers 172

Earn while you learn in the four-year, tuition-free Iron Workers 172 Apprenticeship Training Program.

Iron Workers 172 maintains graduating classes of 20-30 apprentices each year. “Between schooling and training, we produce many qualified craftsmen,” says Todd Strope, President of the Iron Workers 172 and a former apprenticeship training coordinator.


The recruitment, selection, employment and training of Apprentices shall be conducted without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, or sex.  Iron Workers Local Union 172 JATC shall take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in its Apprenticeship Program, as required under Title 29 of the code of Federal Regulations, Part 30; Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 5101:11; and the equal employment opportunity regulation of the State of Ohio.


Preparing the Iron Workers of the Future

As an Iron Workers 172 Apprentice, you’ll learn the “Skills to Pay the Bills” from the best of the best. During the program, Apprentices spend two nights a week in class and eight hours a day in the field doing the following:

  • Welding
  • Burning
  • Rebar Installation
  • Ornamental Iron Work
  • Structural Iron Work
  • Rigging
  • Crane Signaling
  • and much more

Earn While You Learn

Apprenticeships with Iron Workers 172 are TUITION FREE!
Because this Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) program is 100% funded by Iron Workers 172 and their signatory contractors, Apprentices get paid union wages – including retirement and healthcare benefits—throughout their four years in the program.

Qualifications for Iron Worker Apprentices:

  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Applicants must live within Iron Workers 172 jurisdiction
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Pass a mechanical aptitude test administered by the Iron Workers 172 JATC Training Program 

How Much Do Apprentices Earn?

As an Apprentice, your hourly wages are determined by the current prevailing wage for apprentice iron workers in Central Ohio. your pay will increase every year throughout your four years of training until you “top out” as journeyman.

Each program year begins: July 1st        

1st Year
Required Technical Training (Classroom & Shop):  204
Required Min. Hours Worked:  0-1350
Percentage of Journeyman Rate:  60%

2nd Year
Required Technical Training (Classroom & Shop):  204
Required Min. Hours Worked:  1351-2700
Percentage of Journeyman Rate:  70%

3rd Year
Required Technical Training (Classroom & Shop):  204
Required Min. Hours Worked:  2701-4050
Percentage of Journeyman Rate:  80%

4th Year
Required Technical Training (Classroom & Shop):  204
Required Min. Hours Worked:  4050 -5400
Percentage of Journeyman Rate:  90%

Completed: 816 hours    Graduation: 5,400 hrs    

* Check current rate scale listing for correct %, some apprentices may not be at expected scale.

Where Do Apprentices Train and Study?

The Iron Workers 172 Training Center is located at:

2130 Parsons Avenue    Columbus OH  43207

Apprentice 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:

  • STRUCTURAL: These Iron workers erect the steel framework of bridges, buildings and other structures including metal storage tanks and overhead crane runways.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • REINFORCING: These Iron workers set steel bats in concrete forms to reinforce buildings and bridges.

What are Iron Working Conditions Like?

Iron workers work in the weather and in the most awkward areas—including 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, iron workers are not permitted to work and sent home until the weather clears up.

Iron workers are at risk for possible injuries every day, 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.

What does it take to be an Iron Workers?

Iron workers are people who are satisfied with tangible work results. Iron workers perform according to rigid standards. Iron workers are not afraid of heights, the have an acute awareness of danger involved, and they assume responsibility for their fellow iron workers—their brothers.

When you become an Iron Workers 172 apprentice, you join a fearless, strong brotherhood.
Recommended High School Courses for Iron Worker Apprentices

We recommend future apprentices take these courses in high school:

  • General math
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Physics
  • Mechanical Drawing
  • Welding

While these are not required to enter the Iron Workers 172 Apprenticeship Training Program, they would be helpful in your training and work as an iron worker.

Apprenticeship Program Graduation Requirements

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

  • 4 years of on the job training
  • 4 years of classroom instruction
  • Membership dues payments on time each month


Iron Workers 172 JATC Training Coordinator:  Jeremy Gilpen
Call Mr. Gilpen: (614) 497-0550
Training Center: (614) 875-9444

Instructor: Mike Middleton


Instructor:  William "Riley" Burke