What Is An Ironworker?

BENEFITS OF BECOMING AN IRONWORKER. IRONWORKING IS AN EXCITING AND REWARDING CAREER.

  • We don’t go to the office we build it!

  • Help build the skyline of your city.

  • Learn a skill that separates you from the rest of the pack.

GREAT CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • The construction trade is projected to grow by 19% by 2018.

  • Construction tradesmen are paid on average 33% more per week than the rest of Americans.

  • The average age of a welder in the United States is 55 years old. 50,000 welders retire a year. (We need you to step up and fill the gap).

  • You can advance. There is a great need for Foremen, General Foreman, Superintendents and Project Managers.

PROVIDE FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

  • Livable wages

  • Health care

  • Retirement

WHAT IS AN IRONWORKER?
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. They must be able to meet rigid standards and deadlines. They must have a good sense of balance and be alert to potential danger to themselves and others. 

Structural Ironworkers

  • Unload, erect and connect fabricated iron beams to form the project skeleton.

  • Work primarily on industrial, commercial and large residential buildings.

  • Build towers, bridges, stadiums and prefabricated metal buildings.

  • Erect and install pre-cast beams, columns and panels.


Ornamental Ironworkers

  • Install metal windows into a building’s masonry or wooden openings.

  • Erect curtain wall and window wall systems that cover the steel or reinforced concrete structure of a building.Install and erect metal stairways, catwalks, gratings, doors, railings, fencing, elevator fronts and building entrances.


Reinforcing Ironworkers

  • Fabricate and place steel bars (rebar) in concrete forms to reinforce structures.

  • Place rebar on appropriate supports and tie them together with tie wire.Install post-tensioning tendons (cables) to place in concrete forms along with reinforcing steel.

  • Stress the tendons using hydraulic jacks and pumps after the concrete is poured and hardened.


Rigging and Machinery Moving Ironworkers

  • Load, unload, move and set machinery, structural steel and curtain walls.

  • Operate power hoists, cranes, derricks, forklifts and aerial lifts.

  • Have knowledge of fiber line, wire rope, hoisting equipment and proper hand signals.Welding and Burning EquipmentAre considered tools of the trade and performed by structural, reinforcing, ornamental and rigging ironworkers to secure their work to the structure. Ironworkers can be tested to be designated a certified welder.


ARE YOU IRONWORKER MATERIAL?

  • If you possess the following qualities and are looking for a career that will maximize your potential, you just might have what it takes to become an ironworker.

  • Do you like to be able to see the work you've done at the end of the day?

  • Do you take pride in providing quality work that meets demanding standards?

  • Do you like to work as part of a team?Do you like to work outdoors?

  • Are you willing to do physically demanding work that requires you to use your mind too?

  • Would you like to earn a respectable wage while going to school to learn new skills and perhaps even a college degree?

  • Are you interested in a career rather than "just a job?"

  • Do you enjoy new challenges?