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New York State Department of Labor

Ironworkers Recruit Apprentices

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Wallkill, NY (August 21, 2017) -

The Joint Apprenticeship Committee for Ironworkers, Local Union #417, will conduct a recruitment from September 15, 2017 through September 14, 2018 for 10 ironworker (outside) apprentices, the New York State Department of Labor announced today.

Applications can be completed, in person only, at Local Union #417, 583 Route 32, Wallkill, NY, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays, during the recruitment period.    

The Committee requires that applicants:

  • Must be at least 18 years old.  Proof will be required after selection and prior to indenture.
  • Must have a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma (such as TASC or GED). Proof will be required after selection and prior to indenture.
  • 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.
    • Demonstrating any applicable trade-related skills, such as welding, burning, and tying of reinforcing bars.
  • Must pass a drug screening, at the expense of the sponsor, after selection and prior to indenture.
  • Must have reliable means of transportation to and from various work sites and related instruction within the jurisdiction of Local Union #417. This includes the following counties: Dutchess, Orange, Putman, Rockland, Sullivan, and Ulster. 
  • Must have a valid driver’s license. Apprentices may be required to operate company vehicles.
  • Must reside within the jurisdiction of Local Union #417. 
  • Must purchase tools as needed. Tools will cost approximately $400 in the first year.
  • Must be able to read a ruler.
  • Must have hand-eye coordination.
  • Must take a math and measurement test.
  • Must be able to lift and carry a minimum of 80 pounds.
  • Must be able to climb ladders up to 40 feet (must not be afraid of heights).
  • Must provide DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, if applicable, after selection and prior to indenture.

For further information, applicants should contact their nearest New York State Department of Labor office or Local Union #417 at (845) 566-8417.

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.

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