Built By Pros

Built By Pros


Built By Pros in Eastern Iowa



Apprenticeship: Three years


The trade of ironworking involves working both at great heights and underground. We work indoors and outdoors, summer and winter, therefore an ironworker must endure the heat of the summer as well as the cold in the winter. An ironworker must be physically fit and may be required to carry loads of 50 lbs. or more while walking over rough and uneven terrain. On the other spectrum, an ironworker must have the patience to install delicate balcony rail or erect a complicated window wall system.

Structural ironworkers erect the steel framework of bridges, buildings, towers and other structures including metal storage tanks and overhead crane runways. They also install steel decking and do all types of welding operations. Ironworkers also erect wind turbines and set pre-cast concrete panels.

Ornamental ironworkers install metal stairways, catwalks, floor gratings, metal ladders, metal window sash and doors, grills, screens and bank equipment. They apply all types of caulking and sealant.

Reinforcing ironworkers set steel bars in concrete forms to reinforce concrete structures. They place steel bars on suitable supports in the concrete forms and tie the bars at the intersections so that each bar receives its intended structural load.


  • At least 18 years old
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Physically capable for nature of work

Apprenticeship Training

Ironworkers must complete trainings, which occur in our training facility for six (6) weeks intermittently throughout the school year. Apprentices will be trained in all areas of ironworking safety standards. As part of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Ironworkers, apprentices will be able to travel nationwide upon successful completion of their apprenticeship.

Earn While You Learn

Built by Pros is a pipeline to the skilled trades workforce. We provide registered apprenticeships for long-term careers with competitive salary, benefits, and no student debt. In our program, you will work with Union professionals and certified instructors and enjoy these rewards:

  • Paychecks and benefits
  • Hands-on career training
  • Debt-free education
  • National industry certification
  • Pathway to a rewarding and successful career

For more information or to apply for this apprenticeship program contact:

​Iron Workers Local Union 89