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

You like precision work.

You are agile and physically fit.

You like working outdoors & as part of a team.


  • Read blueprints & specifications to lay out work
  • Safely operate tools & equipment
  • Unload materials to access, relocate and/or hoist as needed
  • Erect and install construction cranes & hoisting equipment
  • Assemble rigging to move materials
  • Direct crane operators with hand signals or radios
  • Select, cut, bend, position and secure steel bars or wire mesh to reinforce concrete

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)

  • Strong communication skills, reading & numeracy
  • Strong problem-solving & planning skills
  • Ability to interpret blueprints & specifications
  • Very good muscular coordination, agility & balance
  • Ability to work at heights & lift in excess of 25 kg
  • Ability to act quickly & decisively in emergencies
  • Willingness to work at various work sites

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

English 10-2 and Math 10-3 OR all five Canadian General Educational Development tests OR Entrance Exam.

Apprenticeship Program: 2 years, includes technical training and 3,000 hours on-the-job training, and exam. Journeyperson certificate awarded after successful completion. As an apprentice, you also earn while you learn.

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Hourly Pay

Contact the local union for more information on hourly pay, benefits, pensions and more.

Construction Workers Needed

55,810 Construction Workers needed by 2030*

*BuildForce Canada

Did You Know?

Reinforcing ironworkers are employed wherever reinforced concrete is used in the construction of structures such as buildings, highways, bridges, stadiums and airports.