Gladiator Training Q&A

1.  What is a Reinforcing Ironworker “Rod Buster?”

  • Rodbusters install reinforcing steel in cast in place concrete for commercial, high-rise, foundations, walls, slabs, and columns, power plants and heavy highway construction.

2.  What is Gladiator Training?

  • Gladiator training is the first step to entering the Reinforcing Ironworkers Apprenticeship Program.

3 If I have a criminal record will that count against me?

  • No, most projects don't require background checks.  However, there are certain jobs that will require a background check, which is mandated by the owner of the project.

4.  What does the Gladiator training consist of? 

  • The Gladiator class consists of classroom and physical hands-on training which includes, carrying techniques, tying of rebar, rebar identification, and basic layout and placement techniques etc. 

5.  How long is the Gladiator class?

  • The Gladiator program consists of a free forty hour class with the continuation of more advanced training through our apprenticeship program.

6.  When are the classes available?

  • The classes are scheduled according to the manpower needs of our contractors.

7.  Will I get paid for the training?

  • You will not be paid for the training.

8.  Will I be a guaranteed a job upon completion of the Gladiator training?

  • You are not guaranteed a job after completion of the training, however, you will be evaluated according to your skill and mental aptitude, based on the instructor’s evaluation and referred to one of our contractor’s.

9.  How should I dress for the training? 

  • Construction quality pants, (no cut offs or sweats) a long sleeve shirt, hard toe 8” high top lace up boots are mandatory (steel toe boots are preferred). 


10.  Do I need to buy tools for training?

  • No, all required tools and personal protective equipment necessary for training will be provided.

11.  What tools will I need to purchase to get started with my career as a Rodbuster after the Gladiator program?

  • You will need a belt, scabbard/pouch, wire reel, side cutter pliers (#7’s - #9’s),diagonal cutters (dikes), bolt bag, 30’ tape measure, 6-foot folding ruler and keel holder with marking keel/crayon. You can find all these tools as a package at the following link: under rodbuster package.

12.  Will my Gladiator hours count towards my apprenticeship?

  • Yes, all hours performed in the Gladiator program, will be credited towards your required apprenticeship training hours. The apprenticeship is a three year program.

13.  What is the starting rate of pay?

  • Starting pay will vary by employer, location, and type of project. Some of our contractors provide $1.00 raises after 30, 60 and 90 day evaluations. Wage increases will come according to the Apprenticeship Standards in the prospective areas.

14.  What are the benefits of making this a career?

  • After you are placed with a contractor and work about three months in most cases, you will become eligible for 

  • Health care 

  • Dental

  • Vision coverage 

  • Vacation fund

  • Quality training

  • Union representation 

  • Certain jobs will contribute to a pension plan 

  • Certain contractors provide a pension plan