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Ironworkers (Reinforcing) cut, bend, lay out, place and weld reinforcing steel rods, weld wire fabric and composite materials in a wide variety of structures such as buildings, highways, bridges, stadiums and towers. They also place and stress various post-tensioning systems in structures such as parking garages, bridges and stadiums where longer unsupported spans are required. After placing post-tensioning systems, they stress the tendons to predetermined specifications using hydraulic jacks and pumps. These types of Ironworkers unload fabricated or bar materials and place the material for hoisting as needed. While the reinforcing material is usually pre-cut and fabricated off-site, workers can be involved in cutting and bending material according to design specifications and drawings.
Ironworker (Reinforcing) is a nationally designated trade under the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program.
Learn more about Metal Forming, Shaping & Welding at Discover Trades BC.
The following education is recommended: Grade 10 equivalent (Grade 12 preferred), including English 10, Math 10, Science 10.
The Apprenticeship Program comprises Levels 1 and 2 of progressive technical training, with each Level taking 7 weeks (210 hours) to complete. In addition, apprentices are required to accumulate 3,180 hours of work-based training.
The Ironworker (Generalist) Foundation program can jump-start your career without employer sponsorship and, after 23 weeks of training, provide credit of 450 hours of work-based training towards this Apprenticeship (refer to Industry Training Authority for alternative paths into the occupation).