What is an Apprentice?
Rochester, NY (June 1st , 2013) - The Iron Workers Joint Apprenticeship Committee, Local 33, will conduct recruitment for 15 apprentices from July 2nd 2013 through July 1st 2014.
Applications will be accepted at the local, 154 Humboldt St., Rochester, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month. Applications must be completed on the premises.

The committee requires that applicants:   

  • Be at least 18 years old.   

  • Have a high school or equivalency diploma    

  • Transcript required if accepted for the program.   

  • Have a New York State drivers license -- apprentices will be required to drive company vehicles on public streets.   

  • Have reliable transportation to and from job sites and related instruction.   

  • Sign an affidavit stating they are physically able to do the work of an ironworker, which includes working at heights, on or off ladders, with materials or tools.

For further information, applicants should contact the New York State Department of Labor office located nearest their home or the local at 585-288-2630.

Apprentice programs registered with the Department of Labor must meet standards established by the Commissioner. Under state law, sponsors of programs cannot discriminate against applicants because of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability or marital status. Women and minorities are encouraged to submit applications for apprenticeship programs. Sponsors of programs are required to adopt affirmative action plans for the recruitment of women and minorities.

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.


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 four year program.  204 hours of related classroom training shall be required each year.

Iron Workers Local Union No. 33 participates in the Helmets to Hardhats program.