On the Job

What We Do

Ironworkers engage in a variety of challenging and exciting types of work, often on tall structures at high elevations. This work environment requires alertness, a good sense of balance and numerous safety trainings. Because of this, we work as a team, always put safety first and meet rigid standards and deadlines.

Structural ironworkers

• Unload, erect, and connect fabricated iron beams to form the project skeleton
• Work primarily on industrial, commercial and large residential buildings
• Build towers, bridges, stadiums, and prefabricated metal buildings
• Erect and install precast beams, columns and panels

Reinforcing ironworkers

• Fabricate and place steel bars (rebar) in concrete forms to reinforce structures
• Place rebar on appropriate supports and tie them together, using tie wire
• Install post-tensioning tendons (cables) to place in concrete forms along reinforcing steel
• Stress the tendons using hydraulic jacks and pumps, after the concrete is poured and hardened

Ornamental (architectural) ironworkers

• Install metal windows into a building’s masonry or wooden openings
• Erect curtain-wall and window-wall systems that cover the steel or reinforced concrete structure of a building
• Install and erect metal stairways, catwalks, gratings, doors, railings, fencing, elevator fronts, and building entrances

Rigging and machinery-moving ironworkers

• Load, unload, move and set machinery, structural steel and curtain walls
• Operate power hoists, cranes, derricks, forklifts and aerial lifts
• Have knowledge of fiber line, wire rope, hoisting equipment and proper hand signals

Welding and burning

• Welding and burning equipment, considered tools of the trade, are used by structural, reinforcing, ornamental and rigging ironworkers to secure their work to a structure. Ironworkers can be tested to be designated certified welders.

 

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