On the Job


Work performed by Ironworkers

  • Tasks of the Ironworker include:

  • Steel and cable reinforcing in concrete construction (rebar work)

  • Erections of steel skeleton of buildings

  • Window wall and curtain wall exteriors

  • Rigging of heavy machinery

  • Welding in conjunction with all aspects of these job descriptions





Ironworker apprentices start at 50% of the Journeyman’s pay scale and receive semi-annual increases based on their progress in the program. Apprentices also receive fringe benefits such as the health and welfare, pension, annuity and vacation plans.



Working Conditions


Ironworkers must be able to work at great heights. The work is very strenuous, dangerous, and is often done in adverse weather conditions. Work involves climbing, bending squatting, sitting, standing, and heavy lifting. Ironworkers often work in a noisy environment due to working with or around air-operated tools, heavy lifting machinery, compressors and welding machines. At times, work can be seasonal due to weather conditions or economic situations.


Equipment and Tools


Among the hand tools required are wrenches, beaters (heavy hammers), bull pins, sleever bars, wire cutters, tool belts, pouches and safety belts.


Apprentice Code of Conduct


All applicants must pass drug test (at applicant’s expense) prior to acceptance in apprenticeship program.

After acceptance into the training program, the following is the basic code of conduct for our apprentices:

  • Attend apprenticeship school for four years, while working on the job. This will require you to…

    • take off work and go to school for a week period.

    • make up for any failed classes.

    • pass all class tests to be advanced to next pay period.

    • pass all classes over a four-year period to become a journey person ironworker.

    • If you cannot meet apprenticeship requirements, you will be dropped from the program and will be terminated from employment.

    • Must have transportation to get to assigned job sites.

    • Must be reliable to get to work on time, ready with all tools to do a day of good work.

    • Must be physically strong and agile enough to do repetitive work for prolonged periods of time.

    • Carry heavy loads of rebar on shoulder from storage area where it is being installed.

    • Must bend over for long periods of time, while reinforcing steel together.

    • Must be agile enough to walk over voided spaces while stepping on steel intersections while tying and carrying steel.

    • Must be able to climb steel walls while carrying and tying steel.

    • Must follow direction from foreman or lead person.

    • Must work in a safe manner and follow all safety orders.