What is an Ironworker?
An Ironworker is a tradesman who is an important part of the building and construction industry, responsible to perform many duties related to the construction industry. The various duties of the Ironworker are:
Reinforcing Ironworkers (Rodmen) place steel and post tensioning cables in concrete, as well as setting precast concrete into position. Structural Ironworkers erect steel members, which form framework of steel buildings. Ironworkers also install stairways, catwalks, handrails, floor plate, and grating.
Ironworkers erect Pre Engineered Metal Buildings; install metal siding and roof decking. Ornamental Ironworkers install window sash, metal curtain wall systems, ornamental and decorative structural steel members, doors and windows. Ironworkers also install fence, guard rail and bumper posts. Machinery movers and riggers are Ironworkers that install heavy machinery and equipment. Many times the fabrication and re-fabrication of steel is an important part of the job. The importance of being a certified welder, burner and layout person cannot be overstated. The ability to read blueprints and operate the transit is also important to Ironworkers.
Ironwork is an extremely hard and physically demanding trade. Because of the dangers of Ironwork, it is important to be a team player that works well with fellow workers to be sure the job is completed safely, on time and under budget.
What can I expect after I apply?
All applications are kept on file at the training center till the Apprenticeship Committee deems it necessary to add apprentices to meet the needs of the construction industry.
When it is deemed necessary that another apprenticeship class is needed, a letter will be sent to all applicants that have a complete application on file. The letter will inform you when and where to show up for a DAT test. The DAT test is designed to test applicants in key areas directly related to successful job performance. There is a $30 fee by the test administer for this test.
With an acceptable test score you will be invited to a physical attributes test that will show that you can complete simple tasks that are asked of an ironworker. The two tests will be averaged together to create the ranking list from which we pull the number of apprentices that are required to meet the need.
College or Trades School?
How about both. The Ironworkers Apprenticeship has an articulation agreement with Owens Community College where 33 college credits will transfer upon graduating from the Apprenticeship. This is over half way to an associates degree.
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