Ironworker - Structural & Ornamental

Certificate of Qualification 420A
“I feel so proud when I can look up and see the finished product.”
Ironworkers are involved in erecting residential, commercial, institutional and industrial buildings as well as other large structures such as bridges, dams and stadiums. They set up the framework of a building by positioning steel girders or other structural elements and then bolting them into place.

Key Skills & Attributes

  • Strong communication

  • Problem-solving & planning

  • Reading & numeracy skills 

  • Good physical condition & strength

Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 12 Diploma preferred (Grade 10 minimum)

  • Minimum 18 years of age

Journeyperson Wage Rate:

$46.88/hr (2022)

Apprenticeship Program

6000 hours of on-the-job training, supplemented by three 8-week sessions of in-class technical training.


  • Position and secure steel bars or metal mesh in concrete forms to reinforce concrete structures

  • Erect and install scaffolding, falsework & other working platforms

  • Signal crane operators to position units according to blueprints

  • Align, weld or bolt units in place

  • Dismantle metal, precast concrete or laminated timber buildings & other structures

  • Inspect or test structures & equipment for deterioration, defects or failure to comply with specifications or regulations

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Employment Sectors

  • Heavy Industrial Construction

  • Institutional and Commercial Construction

  • Engineering Construction

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Did you know?

Ironworking is a multi-faceted career and involves more than constructing buildings and bridges.