This three-year certificate program offers qualifying applicants occupational training under the sponsorship of the local Joint Apprenticeship Committee.
The cooperative part of the program involves lecture and laboratory classes for 45 academic credits. A student may then apply these 45 credits toward an Associate's degree in Building Construction Estimating or Supervision. Graduates will have classroom and shop training and job experience in ironworking. Upon completion of the certificate and the job experience hours required by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, they may work in commercial building construction as a skilled ironworker. Construction trade technology training programs are open to all qualifying students. These programs are offered in conjunction with the Joint Apprenticeship Committees of the building trades and Pennsylvania Department of Labor. The state of Pennsylvania awards Journeyman working papers to those who complete one of these apprenticeship programs. Admission is by competitive testing and interviews with a Joint Apprenticeship Committee.
Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:
- Work safely in all aspects of the ironworking trade as defined by and governed by OSHA and ANSI as a qualified rigger, qualified scaffold erector user and qualified powered fork truck operator. Certifications include OSHA subpart R, OSHA 10- and 30-hour certifications and MSHA training.
- Work proficiently in structural steel construction utilizing rigging and hoisting techniques, blueprint reading skills and steel detailing applications.
- Perform all welding functions required of the Ironworker apprentice, including completion of the AWS D1.1/1.5 welder certification tests in both SMAW and FCAW.
- Construct and assemble all types of curtain wall systems, window wall systems, windows, storefronts and architectural metals.
- Place all types of reinforcing steel including beams, slabs, columns, bridge decks and unbonded post tensioning systems.