Ironworkers rig, handle and place all the rebar, post tensioning and structural steel on a construction site such as columns, beams, girders and more. In B.C., they can work on high rise & commercial buildings, bridges, tunnels, dams, mines, stadiums and other structures. An ironworker generalist is trained in both reinforcing and structural steel.


  • Select, cut, bend, position and secure steel bars & wire mesh to reinforce concrete
  • Read blueprints & specifications
  • Assemble rigging, jacks & rollers to move and install heavy equipment & materials
  • Attach rigging to members and direct crane operator with hand signals & radios
  • Erect and install all types of cranes & hoisting equipment
  • Assemble and erect pre-fabricated metal & pre-cast concrete structures
  • Install ornamental/architectural and other metalwork

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

High School:

Recommended: Two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with English 12 (50%) or Communications 12 (67%) | Math 10

Those interested in the ironworker trade should consider taking the Ironworker Foundation Class at BCIT.

Apprenticeship Program:

Ironworker Generalist requires 4,740 hours and 3 levels of technical & on-the-job training, and exam. Ironworker Reinforcing requires 3,180 hours and 2 levels of technical & on-the-job training, and exam. Journeyperson awarded after successful completion. As an apprentice, you also earn while you learn. 80% of all Local 97 apprentices have their Red Seal in 3 years.

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)

  • Strong communication, problem-solving & planning skills
  • Reading and numeracy
  • Physical strength & muscular coordination
  • Ability to work at heights & in diverse weather
  • Ability to identify dangerous situations and act swiftly & decisively in emergencies
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment

Trade Card Info Sheets

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Hourly Pay

$25 – $50/hr

Projected Growth


10% over the decade
compared to 2020*

*BuildForce Canada

You are strong, agile & have good balance.

You are mechanically inclined.

You like working with your hands.

Did You Know?

Ironworking is a multi-faceted career and involves precision work in a broad range of industries and locations. Local 97 is the largest supporter of ironworking apprenticeship in BC.