Ironworker - Structural & Ornamental

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Certificate of Qualification 420A
❝ It is an amazing feeling to drive by a building and know that you were involved in its creation!❞
Ironworker - Structural & Ornamental are involved in erecting residential, commercial, institutional and industrial buildings as well as other large structures such as bridges, dams and stadiums. They set up the framework of a building by positioning steel girders or other structural elements and then bolting them into place.

Key Skills & Attributes

  • Strong communication, problem-solving & planning

  • Reading & numeracy skills

  • Good physical condition & strength

  • Agility & good sense of balance

  • Ability to work in high places & in diverse weather

  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment

Entrance Requirements

High School Diploma

Apprenticeship Program

As an Ironworker - Structural & Ornamental apprentice you will combine technical training at your local Ironworker Training Centre with on-the-job paid work experience. Most apprentices complete the required 6,000 hours over 3-4 years and have the option to write the Red Seal exam.


  • Position and secure steel bars or metal mesh in concrete forms to reinforce concrete structures

  • Erect and install scaffolding, falsework & other working platforms

  • Signal crane operators to position units according to blueprints

  • Align, weld or bolt units in place

  • Dismantle metal, precast concrete or laminated timber buildings & other structures

  • Inspect or test structures & equipment for deterioration, defects or failure to comply with specifications or regulations

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Did you know?

Ironworking is a multi-faceted career and involves more than constructing buildings and bridges. Most ironworkers do more than one type of ironwork and each requires specific skills.


International Association of Iron Workers