training center

Ironworkers Local 495's Training Center is located at 2524 Baylor Street SE Albuquerque, NM 87106

Apprentice Coordinator:  Jeffrey L. Steele  
Instructors:   Leo Beno, Gene Garcia, Mike Hererra and Delfy Anaya   

Our Training Center is designed to educate and teach apprentices the skills required for the Iron-working industry as well as provide upgrade training to journeyman Ironworkers as the industry changes.  Our Training Center is also equipped with a welding facility that is a certified AWS accredited welding facility affilliated with the Ironworkers International Certification Program of North America.         

An Ironworker must be alert at all times in order to perform the duties of connecting, welding and installing decking. This line of work also includes climbing, lifting, sitting, standing, bending and pulling of the steel in the erection of buildings and the spanning of bridges. Our number one priority is to train our Ironworkers so they are able to work safely side by side with other craftsmen.             

Ironwork requires a great deal of stamina and upper body strength.  Most of the Ironwork is performed outdoors where weather conditions are not always convenient and sometimes require long days.       

Our program is a three year course consisting of 6,000 hours of on-the-job training and 660 hours of school time. While in training apprentices are dispersed into various classes of Ironwork such as: Orientation, History of the Trade, Structural Steel Erection, Reinforcing Rebar, Post Tensioning, Metal Buildings, Blue Print Reading, Ornamental Ironwork, Pre-Cast Concrete Erection, Welding and Burning, Surveying, and Foreman Training.   

An apprentice advances every 1000 hours of on-the-job training in status as well as pay. There are 6 advancement levels. After an apprentice completes his 6th level, he will test out to become a Journeyman.