The mission of our Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Department is to ensure that our union ironworkers have the skills, knowledge, and training necessary to be safe on the job-site, competitive in the workplace, and satisfied in their careers. We accomplish that mission by providing training, training materials, leadership, and the accreditation necessary to the trade. Our Apprenticeship Program strives to uphold the union values and principles of service and professionalism. 

Apprenticeship Coordinator and Director: Paul G Sanchez

Paul Sanchez has been a stand out member since 1996. He is a fourth generation Ironworker who has traveled across the United States contributing his time and skill to the putting up of many great structures. His mastery of the trade has enabled him to instruct upcoming apprentices with a well rounded understanding of the trade. He has been the Local 495 Apprenticeship Coordinator since July 1, 2020. 

Apprenticeship & Upgrading Schedule:
Classes for all Apprentices are held at the Local 495 Union in the Training Facility. Classes are held for 2 weeks of every quarter. Each training class is 8 hours a day Monday thru Friday.         

Certification & Upgrading Classes are provided to both Union Journeynman & Apprentices on designated Saturdays as well.         

If you are a Local 495 member and need to update any certification you can call the hall to schedule your time.

Classes are also specified in the quarterly newsletter.         

Prior to becoming Journeyman, Ironworker Apprentices will receive certificates of the training listed below.

  • OSHA 10
  • OSHA 30
  • Hazardous Communications
  • Fall Protection
  • Rigging I, II, III
  • MSHA
  • First Aid-CPR
  • Forklift Training
  • Boomlift Training
  • Scissor Lift Training
  • Foreman's Training
  • Welding
  • Reinforcing