Ironworker, Structural or Ornamental

||Ironworker, Structural or Ornamental
Ironworker, Structural or Ornamental

What is a Structural / Ornamental Ironworker?

Structural / Ornamental Ironworkers fabricate and construct structural steel buildings, bridges, pre-cast structures, ornamental ironwork and join scaffolding.

They erect structural steel and pre-cast components, install conveyors and other equipment, install miscellaneous and secondary steel, curtain wall and sometimes perform reconstructive work on existing structures.

In general, Structural / Ornamental Ironworkers:

  • Read blueprints and specifications to lay out the work
  • Unload and stack steel units so each piece can be hoisted as needed
  • Erect and install scaffolding, construction cranes, derricks and other hoisting equipment
  • Assemble rigging (cables, pulleys, hooks) to move heavy equipment and other materials
  • Attach cables from a crane or derrick and direct crane operators with hand signals or radios
  • Position steel units, align holes and insert temporary and permanent bolts
  • Check the alignments and join steel parts by bolting or tack welding them with electric arc processes
  • Assemble and erect pre-fabricated metal structures and related components
  • Install ornamental/architectural and other structural metalwork such as curtain walls, metal stairways, railings and power doors
  • Unload and install pre-cast structural and architectural components
  • 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 Structural / Ornamental Ironworkers enjoy developing their expertise by doing precise work in a broad range of industries and locations. They enjoy the outdoors and often like travelling and working with different crews.

To be successful in their trade, Structural / Ornamental Ironworkers need:

  • The ability to interpret blueprints
  • 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 Structural / Ornamental Ironworker is 3 years (three 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1500 hours of on-the-job training and 6 weeks of technical training 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 Structural / Ornamental Ironworker, contact Iron Workers Local 720 or Ironworkers Local 725.

For a quick summary of a career as a structural/ornamental ironworker, ask about the structural ironworker trade card.

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