Ironworkers (NOC 7236)

About this job

Ironworkers are involved in the ironwork portion of the construction of buildings, bridges, highways, dams and other structures and equipment.

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Ironworkers make, put up, hoist, install, repair and service structural ironwork, precast concrete, concrete reinforcing materials, curtain walls, ornamental iron and other metals used in construction. They work for construction ironwork contractors.

Common job titles
  • erector, metal structure / concrete
  • ironworker, ornamental / reinforcing rebar
  • journeyman / journeywoman ironworker
  • reinforcing rodworker / steel ironworker


Ironworkers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • read blueprints and specifications to lay out work
  • unload and position steel units so each piece can be hoisted as needed
  • put up and install scaffolding, hoisting equipment and rigging
  • signal crane operator to position steel units according to blueprints
  • align and weld or bolt steel units in place
  • set up structural and architectural precast concrete components for buildings, bridges, towers and other structures
  • assemble and set up prefabricated metal structures
  • position and secure steel bars or metal mesh in concrete forms to reinforce concrete structures
  • install ornamental and other structural metalwork such as curtain walls, metal stairways, railings and power doors
  • examine structures and equipment for deterioration, defects or non-compliance with specifications
  • take down structures and equipment when needed

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in an indoor environment where temperatures may vary.
  • Work may also take place outside where workers are exposed to various weather conditions.
  • Working with equipment, machinery or power/hand tools may be a source of injury.
  • Workers may risk injury from operating welding equipment.
  • The workplace may be noisy, which could affect hearing.
  • Work locations, such as bridges and towers, may be hazardous.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Red Seal trade certification allows for movement between provinces.

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Additional resources