Ironworkers Recruits Apprentices

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The Joint Apprenticeship Committee for Ironworkers, Local Union #417, will conduct a recruitment from September 12, 2022, through September 11, 2023, for ten Ironworker (Outside) apprentices, the New York State Department of Labor announced today.

Applications must be completed, in person only, at Local Union #417, 583 Route 32, Wallkill, NY 12589, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays, during the recruitment period. All applications must be received no later than May 31, 2023.

The Committee requires that applicants:

  • Must be at least 18 years old. Proof will be required after selection and prior to enrollment in apprenticeship.
  • Must have a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma (such as TASC or GED). Proof will be required.
  • Must take a math test and be able to calculate some basic applications. Must receive a passing grade of 70.
  • Must be physically able to perform the work of an Ironworker as determined by a physical agility test conducted by Local Union #417, which includes:
    • Climbing a ladder and a column.
    • Walking on a beam.
    • Pulling a 40-pound bucket.
    • Carrying and moving reinforcing rods from one location to another.
    • Demonstrating any applicable trade-related skills, such as welding, burning, and tying of reinforcing bars.
  • Must pass a drug screening at an approved facility, at union’s expense, if required, after selection and prior to enrollment in apprenticeship.
  • Must have reliable means of transportation to and from various job sites and required classes at the approved school within the jurisdiction of Local Union #417. This includes the following counties: Dutchess, Orange, Putman, Rockland, Sullivan, and Ulster.
  • Must reside within the jurisdiction (as mentioned above) of Local Union #417.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license. Apprentices may be required to operate company vehicles.
  • Must have ability to purchase tools as needed. Tools will cost approximately $500.
  • Must be able to read a ruler.
  • Must have hand-eye coordination.
  • Must be able to lift and carry a minimum of 80 pounds.
  • Must be able to climb ladders up to 40 feet and not be afraid of heights.

For further information, applicants should contact Ironworkers Local Union #417 at (845) 566-8417. Additional job search assistance can be obtained at your local New York State Department of Labor Career Center (see:

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.

AJ Woodson

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