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
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.
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
Jamie & Norm