NY Union Seeking Steel, Bridge Painter Apprentices


District Council 9, a chapter of the International Painters and Allied Trades Union, is conducting recruitment in the coming weeks for structural steel and bridge painter apprentices. The training program will cover the New York City, Long Island and Hudson Valley regions.

Applications can be obtained in person only at the Finishing Institute of New York, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 500 applications will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Recruitment will run from Aug. 29 to Sept. 12. The apprenticeship will be offered for 10 business days or until the 500 applications have been issued.

“District Council 9 is proud of our apprenticeship program because it creates pathways to the middle class for hardworking New Yorkers and provides our city and state with a top-of-the-line workforce,” said Joseph Azzopardi, Business Manager and Secretary Treasurer of the union. “We invest in our apprentices by providing them with top-notch training that allows them to build a better New York.

“Our apprentices work hard to become the best they can be, and they represent the future of New York’s unionized construction industry.”

IUPAT reports that applicants must be at least 18 years old, with a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma. Proof will be required at the time of enrollment.

Applicants must also be able to perform work required, as determined by a site evaluation and a personal statement, as well as pass a physical examination and pass a drug test. Both are at the expense of the sponsor, after selection and prior to enrollment.

Additionally, an affidavit must be signed stating applicants are physical able to perform the work of a painter and decorator for structural steel and bridges, which may include:

  • Lifting and moving heavy equipment and/or paint weighing up to 70 pounds; and
  • Working from ladders, scaffolds and personnel lifts which may exceed 100 feet in height.

“We encourage all candidates interested in working in the Finishing Trades to come down and fill out an application,” writes District Council 9.

The union recently finished its recruitment for drywall taper/finisher apprenticeships, and recruitment is ongoing for painter, decorator and paperhanger apprentices through Aug. 29. For further information, applicants should contact Finishing Trades Institute of New York at (718) 937-7440.

Other DC 9 News

At the beginning of June, public health care system NYC Health + Hospitals and District Council No. 9 Local Union 1969, Civil Service Employees, International Union of Painters & Allied Trades (DC 9) announced a new, four-year apprenticeship program to train individuals for careers as unionized painters.

The four-year Apprentice Painter program requires a total of 6,576 hours of training, a combination of 6,000 hours of on-the-job training and 576 hours of classroom training. Throughout the four years of training, participants in the Apprentice Painter program will learn several skills, including:

  • Workplace safety;
  • Use and maintenance of hand and power tools;
  • Signaling, rigging and hoisting;
  • Lead and asbestos abatement;
  • Ladder, scaffold and forklift safety;
  • First aid; and
  • Proper use of personal protective equipment.

Apprentices will also learn various trade skills, such as how to read blueprints; identifying the appropriate material for various paint and surface applications; methods of surface preparation; how to prepare a workspace for interior painting (removing old paint, removing fixtures, applying mildew remover); and how to prepare a workspace for exterior painting (removing rust, power washing and sandblasting, burning off old paint).

In addition, participants in the program will learn about the types and properties of materials including paints, stains, varnishes, shellac, polyurethanes and clear coats; how to safely store, dispose of and recycle trade chemicals; how to mix paints; how to match colors; proper wood finishing and wallpaper application; and spray painting.

Other workplace skills outlined in the curriculum include estimating costs and materials, basic arithmetic, communication, scheduling and record keeping.

According to NYC Health + Hospitals, the curriculum for the apprenticeship was set by the New York State Department of Labor. Graduates will need to pass the Civil Service examination for Promotion to Painter and be appointed from that list to be hired as a union painter.


Tagged categories: Bridges; Bridges; Education; Industry News; International Union of Painters and Allied Trades; NA; North America; Painters; Program/Project Management; Structural steel; Unions; Worker training; Workers

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