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Iron Workers Local 7’s apprentice program prepares students with the tools they need to succeed in their careers and beyond. The three-year program combines classroom instruction and shop hours with on-the-job training in the field. 

Local 7 has modern training facilities in South Boston, Worcester, Springfield, and Clinton, Maine. There, apprentices learn all aspects of commercial steel construction, structural steel erection, reinforcing steel installation, architectural and ornamental construction, precast concrete erection, pre-engineered metal building, and welding. 

Apprentices “earn while they learn,” getting experience in the field while learning in the classroom. 

Interested in applying? Read the below FAQs and learn more at our Training Center website.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • You learn skills on state-of-the-art equipment equivalent to what’s on today’s job sites.  
  • You receive classroom and shop training, which is paid for by Local 7, and earn while you learn.
  • You’re mentored by veteran instructors while working in the field.
  • Classroom and shop training consists of night classes, in addition to three, 40-hour weeks of Blocked Training. 
  • As a First-Year Apprentice, you’ll attend training two nights per week. Every Monday is classroom training and every Wednesday is a labor history course. 
  • There will be 120 hours of hands-on training, which is completed in three, 40-hour blocks: fall, winter, and spring.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older 
  • Have a valid email address. If you do not have one, you can create one for free at Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo. 
  • A valid credit or debit card. 
  • Copy of Birth Certificate 
  • Copy of Driver’s License or Non-Driver Identification 
  • Copy of Social Security Card 
  • Your educational background 
  • Transcript(s) demonstrating graduation from high school OR a GED with transcript(s) demonstrating 2 years of high school passed 
  • Proof of your work history (W-2’s or pay stubs) for the last 10 years or as long as you have been in the workforce, whichever is longer 
  • Up to 3 professional references, accompanied by letters of recommendation 
  • A health physical from your physician indicating that you can work without restriction. Current DOT physicals will be accepted.

Due to COVID-19, all applications will be accepted online from January 11-January 24.

Due to COVID-19, we are taking a reduced number of apprentices. 50-60 spots are available. Applicants are accepted based on merit and application completeness. To increase your chances of being considered, please read and follow all the application requirements carefully.

  • Training and classroom instruction are free for all apprentices.
  • If you’re accepted into the program, there are costs for an initiation fee/dues (approximately $130), books ($170), and tools ($150).

As an apprentice, you’ll earn 60% of the journeyperson’s hourly rate in the field. There’s a 10% increase after the first six months and 5% increases every six months after that until you become a journeyperson.

Contact Iron Workers Local 7

Learn more about our offices and send an email to the Local 7 team.