Ironworker, Reinforcing

||Ironworker, Reinforcing
Ironworker, Reinforcing

What is a Reinforcing Ironworker?

What is a Reinforcing Ironworker?

Reinforcing ironworkers place and tie reinforcing material. They place and tie reinforcing steel, and post-tension tendons and related components to reinforce concrete structures.

In general, Ironworker – Reinforcing tradespeople:

  • Read blueprints and specifications to lay out the work
  • Unload materials so each piece can be accessed, re-located and/or hoisted as needed
  • Erect and install construction cranes and other hoisting equipment
  • Assemble rigging (cables, pulleys, hooks) to move materials
  • Attach cables from a crane or derrick and direct crane operators with hand signals or radios
  • Select, cut, bend, position, and secure steel bars or wire mesh in concrete forms to reinforce the concrete
  • Perform post-tensioning
  • Strong Job Market
  • On-the-Job Training

  • Earn $ While You Learn

  • Scholarships, Awards & Grants
  • Apprenticeship Loans

  • Employment Insurance

  • Income Tax Training Deductions

  • Alberta Bricklayers Union Local #1
    • Alberta Bricklayers Union Scholarship
  • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan
    • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan Scholarship
    • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan - Top Ironworker Generalist Scholarship (3)
    • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan - Top Ironworker Reinforcing Scholarship (1)
    • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan - Top Ironworker Structural/Ornamental Scholarship (2)
  • Building Trades of Alberta
    • Building Trades of Alberta (2)
    • Al McCagherty Memorial Scholarship
    • Justin Slade Memorial Scholarship
    • UNITE HERE Local 47 Scholarship
    • Dennis Vaudrin Memorial Scholarship for Industrial Painters
    • Thomas Cronk Scholarship Concrete Finisher
    • Jack Starko Scholarship for Electricians
  • Building Trades of Alberta and Construction Labour Relations - An Alberta Association
    • Building Trades of Alberta and Construction Labour Relations- An Alberta Association Scholarship
    • Construction Labour Relations- An Alberta Association and Building Trades of Alberta Scholarship
  • Edmonton Pipe Trades United Association Local 488
    • Edmonton Pipe Trades Educational Trust Fund Local #488 Scholarship
  • Insulators' Training Trust Fund of Alberta Local 110
    • Insulators' Training Trust Fund of Alberta Scholarship
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local424/ Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta
    • Local 424/ ECAA Alberta Apprenticeship Scholarship
    • IBEW Local 424/ ECAA Alberta Apprenticeship Scholarship
  • Sheet Metal Workers International Asssocation Local 8
    • Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local #8 Scholarship (2)
  • United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #488
    • United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #488 Scholarship
    • United Assocaition of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #488 Benefit Trust Fund Scholarship
  • United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local #496/ Piping Industry Training School
    • U.A. Local #496/ Piping Industry Training School Scholarship
  • Building Trades of Alberta / Construction Labour Relations
    • Building Trades of Alberta/Construction Labour Relations - An Alberta Association RAP Scholarship
    • Construction Labour Relations- An Alberta Association/ Building Trades of Alberta RAP Scholarship
  • Alberta Ironworkers Local 720 and Local 725/ Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan of Alberta
    • Alberta Ironworkers Local 720 and Local 725/ Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan RAP Scholarship
  • Labourers Local 92
    • LiUNA! Local 92 Scholarships (5)
  • Teamsters Local 362
    • 2018 Teamsters Canada Scholarship
  • International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftsmen – Local 1
    • BAC Bates Scholarship

Skills & Abilities

Successful Reinforcing Ironworkers enjoy developing their expertise by doing precise work in a broad range of industries and locations. They enjoy the outdoors and often like traveling and working with different crews.

To be successful in their trade, Reinforcing Ironworkers need:

  • The ability to interpret blueprints/placing drawings and other specification documentation
  • An understanding of safe work practices and the knowledge to safely operate the tools and equipment of the trade
  • To be able to work at heights
  • The ability to lift in excess of 25 kilograms
  • Very good muscular coordination, agility and balance
  • A willingness to travel to various work sites
  • An inclination to work cooperatively with others
  • The ability to act quickly and decisively in emergencies
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Apprenticeship Training

The term of apprenticeship for a Reinforcing Ironworker is 2 years (two 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1500 hours of on-the-job training and 6 weeks of technical training for each period.
Minimum requirements are, a pass mark in:
English 10-2 and Math 10-3
Or
All five Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests
Or
Entrance Exam

  • Best training facilities

  • Best trainers

  • Best skills training

  • Best safety training

  • Best cost: Free to members

Next Steps

To find answers to your questions and learn more about a career as a Reinforcing Ironworker, contact Iron Workers Local 720 or Ironworkers Local 725.

For a quick summary of a career as a reinforcing ironworker, ask about the reinforcing ironworker trade card.

Reinforcing ironworker trade card

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