MORE THAN 100 YEARS OF BUILDING THIS CITY
For more than 100 years, Ironworkers of Local 44 have worked hard to be the most skilled, the most productive, and the safest at what they do.
Years ago, when people first became ironworkers, they were known as “cowboys in the sky.” The work was dangerous, but these daring, independent men forged on. In those early days, ironworkers rarely lasted ten years in their field without a serious or fatal injury. The mortality rate was the highest of all trades, and leaders started worrying about providing for the ironworkers’ families during sickness, injury, and death. There was also serious concern about on-the-job safety and lack of protection from unscrupulous employers.
As a result, the Union of Ironworkers was created. For more than 100 years, Ironworkers of Local 44 have worked hard to be the most skilled, the most productive, and the safest at what they do. People who want quality choose Local 44 for workmanship that stands the test of time. People who want quality choose Local 44 because they want a project done right the first time.
IRONWORKERS' STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE
The purpose of the Ironworkers’ Standards of Excellence is to reinforce the pride of every Ironworker and our commitment to be the most skilled, most productive and the safest at our craft.
As Union Ironworkers, we pledge ourselves to uphold our word and display the professionalism expected of our trade and Union in all aspects of our employment.
It is a commitment to use our training and skills, each and every day, to produce the highest quality work worthy of our names..
WHO WE HIRE
Not just anyone can become a Union Ironworker. The strongest candidates are evaluated on character, mechanical aptitude, work ethic, professionalism, knowledge of the industry, and experience.
HOW WE TRAIN
There’s a misconception that anybody who can weld something can be an ironworker. But, the reality is not everyone earns the title of being a Journeyman ironworker. Union ironworkers are known for having some of the most rigorous and intense training in the industry. Local 44 requires a four-year apprenticeship.
BECOMING A JOURNEYMAN IRONWORKER
Before someone can be called a Journeyman ironworker, they have to complete the following:
6,000 on-the-job hours with a current Journeyman.
840 in-classroom training hours.
At least five different certifications (AWS Certified Welder, Certified Rigger and Signal Person, Scaffolding, Lead and Asbestos, and Safety)