Ironworkers build, assemble and repair products or structures, primarily working with steel and other metals. In the construction industry, Ironworkers produce and install structural ironwork, concrete reinforcing materials and work with precast concrete to construct buildings or bridges. Ironworkers are often involved in reinforcing concrete by cutting and shaping "rebar" so that concrete can be placed around it. Ironworkers are also involved in the construction of curtain walls -- large structures that are often made of glass or other panel materials -- and ornamental iron that is fastened to the outside of building. Outside of the construction industry, Ironworkers may work for companies who manufacture large items such as aircraft, ships, heavy machinery, transportation equipment and sheet metal and fabricated products.
Ironworker is designated as Ironworker (Generalist) under the Interprovincial Red Seal Standards Program.
The following education is recommended: Grade 10 equivalent (Grade 12 preferred), including English 10, Math 10, Science 10.
The Apprenticeship Program comprises Levels 1-to-3 of progressive technical training, with Level 1 taking 10 weeks (300 hours) and Levels 2 & 3 taking 6 weeks (180 hours) to complete. In addition, apprentices are required to accumulate 4,740 hours of work-based training.
A Foundation Program can jump-start your career without employer sponsorship by supplying the knowledge and skills to enter directly at Level 2, after 23 weeks of training (refer to Industry Training Authority for alternative paths into the occupation).