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Ironworker

Description


Structural and reinforcing iron and metal workers place and install iron or steel girders, columns, and other construction materials to form buildings, bridges, and other structures. They also position and secure steel bars or mesh in concrete forms in order to reinforce the concrete used in highways, buildings, bridges, tunnels, and other structures. In addition, they repair and renovate older buildings and structures. Even though the primary metal involved in this work is steel, these workers often are known as ironworkers.

Before construction can begin, ironworkers must erect steel frames and assemble the cranes and derricks that move structural steel, reinforcing bars, buckets of concrete, lumber, and other materials and equipment around the construction site. Once this job has been completed, workers begin to connect steel columns, beams, and girders according to blueprints and instructions from supervisors and superintendents. Structural steel, reinforcing rods, and ornamental iron generally come to the construction site ready for erection-cut to the proper size, with holes drilled for bolts and numbered for assembly.

Ironworkers at the construction site unload and stack the prefabricated steel so that it can be hoisted easily when needed. To hoist the steel, ironworkers attach cables (slings) to the steel and to the crane or derrick. One worker directs the hoist operator with hand signals while another worker holds a rope (tag line) attached to the steel to prevent it from swinging. The crane or derrick hoists steel into place in the framework, whereupon several ironworkers position the steel with connecting bars and jacks. Workers using driftpins or the handle of a spud wrench-a long wrench with a pointed handle-align the holes in the steel with the holes in the framework. Before the bolts are permanently tightened, ironworkers check vertical and horizontal alignment with plumb bobs, laser equipment, transits, or levels; then they bolt or weld the piece permanently in place.

O*NET Code: 47-2221.00
DOT Code: 801.361-014


Ironworkers/structural iron and steel workers install iron or steel beams, girders, and columns to form buildings, bridges, and other structures. They are often referred to as ironworkers.

Specialized Skills Summary

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1st Trade Choice:
Ironworker, Structural Iron and Steel Worker
   
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Specialized Skills: Check all your specialaized skills below:
   
  Tools
Materials
Equipment-ornamental, reinforcing, structural
Erecting-job, erecting equipment
Dismantling, rigging equipment, scaffolding, floats
Ornamental, reinforcing, structural
Placing, spacing, tying
Ornamental layout and fabrication
Hoisting
Fitting-up, plumbing-up
Fabricating
Reading job plans and specifications  
Are you currently working in construction? Yes No Full-Time Part-Time Laid-Off
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