Reinforcing Rodworker

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Certificate of Qualification 452A
❝ I have a lot of pride in the work I do. It takes strength, courage and special skills to build the structures we do.❞
Reinforcing Rodworkers reinforce concrete. To do this, they fabricate, handle, sort, cut, bend, rig, place, burn, weld and tie all materials used to reinforce the concrete, including steel.

Key Skills & Attributes

  • 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

Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 10 minimum

Apprenticeship Program

Approximately 2-3 years, includes technical training and 4,000 hours on-the-job training, and exam. Red Seal Trade certificate awarded after successful completion. As an apprentice, you also earn while you learn.


  • 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

Journeyperson Wage Rate:

$33.46 – $55.76

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Did you know?

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


International Association of Iron Workers