Ironworkers are the skilled workers who erect and assemble structural steel and other metal products. They work on a variety of projects, including buildings, bridges, and towers. Ironworkers must be strong, have good hand-eye coordination, and be able to work safely at heights.
Duties and Responsibilities
The duties of an ironworker vary depending on the specific project, but they typically include:
- Reading blueprints and plans
- Measuring and cutting steel
- Lifting and positioning steel beams
- Welding and bolting steel components together
- Climbing and working on scaffolding
- Ensuring that all work is done safely
Skills and Qualifications
To become an ironworker, you typically need to complete a formal apprenticeship program. These programs typically take four years to complete and include both classroom instruction and on-the-job training.
In addition to formal training, ironworkers also need to have the following skills:
- Strong physical strength
- Good hand-eye coordination
- Ability to work safely at heights
- Attention to detail
- Ability to follow instructions
- Ability to work as part of a team
The job outlook for ironworkers is good. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of ironworkers will grow 12% from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. This growth is expected to be driven by the need for new construction and infrastructure projects.