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Do you have what it takes to be an Ironworker? Can you answer “YES” to all of the following?


Having a good work ethic
Possessing a positive attitude

Listens and learns on the job and in the classroom

Can work with others as a team to complete the project or task

Follows the directions of the foreman/journeyman regardless of the manner in which they are given
Aptitude and desire for the trade/career

Has some experience doing construction, metal work or comparable work with transferable skills

Has proven to be a good worker with good work history and attendance record and can indicate this even if not related to the trade

The necessary physical condition to work at heights in a physically demanding environment for extended periods of time in all weather conditions as safety allows

Drug free and can pass required drug test annually as required of all members

If you answered “yes” to all of these points then YOU have the potential to be a member of one of the greatest trades, the IRONWORKERS!


We generally test in the fall for the following construction season.

To know when and how to apply we do the following:
Advertise 30 days in advance in local papers, employment agencies and various locations in the surrounding area

Take applications for 2 weeks including a Saturday

Issue an aptitude test on a Saturday

Schedule interviews with the JATC which is made up of people you will work with (Labor) and people you will work for (Management)
You will then be placed on an eligibility list based on your cumulative score and receive a letter whether or not you made the cut.

If you have more questions please contact us and we will be happy to help!


Applications for the Iron Workers Local 498 Apprentice Program are taken when we can identify a need based upon the future work picture. we advertise in area newspapers as well as send information to area organizations including employment offices, community services, churches, and schools. The advertising is done 30 days prior to the actual application process which gives a prospective applicant the time necessary to get the paperwork required to complete the application process. we will also post a notice on this web site when we plan to take applications in the future.

We are now gathering prospective applicants’ information forms.please print, fill out, and return the form below to the Iron Workers Local 498 at 5640 Sockness drive Rockford, IL 61109 or visit us and fill out the form in person! We will use your contact information to keep you up to date with the latest application process information.

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