"We Build America."
A little about us...
Local 808 is made up of over 900 Iron Workers who live, work, spend money and raise their families within the Central Florida area. The men and women of our apprenticeship program have spent three to four years training, on the job and in our classrooms, where they develop the necessary skills to become Journeyman Iron Workers. Such rigorous training provides our Iron Workers with the highest levels of safety, knowledge of the latest industry practices and the certifications required to build the American infrastructure. The contractors who utilize our skilled craftpersons build some of the most unique structures ever raised in the central Florida area; from the aerospace industry of Cape Canaveral to the world renowned theme parks of Orlando.
Local 808 has been in the Central Florida area since 1965. Since our founding, we have providing good wages, retirement benefits and health insurance to the men and women who have risen to the challenge of this hard and dangerous trade over easier, less demanding opportunities.
Our members erect the steel structures of Shopping Centers, Malls and Warehouses. We also erect the sports complexes, Hospitals, Roller Coasters, Launch Towers for rockets at the Space Center and the very unique structures for our multiple Theme Parks. We also install the reinforcing in the foundations and concrete structures, set stairs and handrails, fence, glass, precast structures and parking decks. This is just to cover some of what we do for contractor’s who use the safe, skilled and trained craftspeople from within our communities. Where you live, work and play; there is a good chance we built it.
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What is an Iron Worker?
Have you ever seen workers walking around on the steel skeleton of large buildings under construction? Those daredevils are Structural Ironworkers – also known as “cowboys of the skies.” Ironworking has many sectors. Each sector involves challenging and difficult work, often on tall structures at high elevations. Ironworkers must be willing to work as part of a team and able to meet rigid standards and deadlines. They must possess a good sense of balance and be alert to potential danger to themselves and others. It is a common misconception that Ironworkers only erect buildings and bridges or only weld. In reality Ironworking is a multi-faceted trade. Most Ironworkers do more than one type of Ironwork and each has its own challenges and required skills.
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