Ironworker Training


Our apprenticeship program is administered by the Nashville Area Joint Apprenticeship Committee. We have a four year program that requires approximately 200 hours per year of classroom instruction and 2000 hours per year of on the job training.

Apprentices come to school about 4 weeks per year and are taught all aspects of our trade including reinforcing, fabrication, steel erections, welding, use of cutting torch, machinery moving, rigging, ornamental work, and blueprint reading.

Apprentices start out at 70% and are advanced 10% each year providing they get the necessary school hours.

Applications are taken year round at the union hall. Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or G.E.D., Birth Certificate, Social Security Card and picture driver's license. Applicants must also pass a drug test.

Contact Greg Hasselblad, Apprentice Coordinator
Phone: 615-499-4045
Fax: 615-226-4057

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 and a High School or an equivalent diploma.  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 in training and union membership?

Apprenticeship training provides individuals with 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.