What does a Ironworker (420 A/B) do?

Ironworkers help construct and reinforce buildings, bridges and other structures that involve rods and beams.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Reading and interpreting blueprints and diagrams
  • Hoisting and installing structural steel, pre-cast concrete, reinforcing materials and other metals used in construction
  • Positioning steel girders or other structural elements and then bolting them into place
  • Calculating weight for cable rigging, and then putting up scaffolding/rigging
  • Assembling prefabricated buildings
  • Welding and fabricating
  • Framing interior walls, concrete floors or ceilings
  • Learning and applying safety regulations in the workplace

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Grade 10 is the legal minimum, but a high school diploma is often required
  • Completion of an 8,000-hour apprenticeship, including a combination of on-the-job and in-school training
  • Completion of an exam to obtain Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Ironworker (420 A/B)?

  • Full-time work
  • Outdoors (All Seasons)
  • Work at multiple heights
  • Fast-paced
  • Travelling may be required

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skills and expertise. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $40,000 to 50,000 per year.


Ironworker (420A/B)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you have good with numbers and calculations?
Are you able to work indoors and outdoors? Are you comfortable working at all heights?
Do you have a mechanical aptitude and good coordination?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines?
Do you enjoy doing a variety of different tasks?
Are you good at problem solving?
Are you reliable, a self-starter and able to work with minimal supervision?

If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as an Ironworker be for you!

You might want to look at these similar trades as well;

  • Structural metal worker
  • Welder-Fitter
  • Boilermaker

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