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Ironworkers deal with installation and disassembling of metal frameworks of various structures such as bridges, skyscrapers, stadiums, etc.

They can also establish cranes that are involved in the construction of huge structures.

Ironworkers install and repair elevators, fire escapes, fences for industrial buildings, etc.

Ironworker’s work can be categorized as reinforcing, ornamental or structural work.

Duties of Ironworkers

  • Use of extensive knowledge and practice of welding, metalworking theories, construction methods.
  • Working at heights following safety protocols.
  • Understand blueprints, drawings and construction codes.
  • The positioning of the steel frameworks supporting concrete constructions.
  • Connecting the metal elements for the structural skids.

Required Education

Basic education required for an Ironworker:

  • High-school diploma or similar certification.
  • Associate or college degree in welding, structural welding, metal processing, etc.
  • Mentorship program.

Advanced training is also encouraged:

  • Certification in welding, metal processing, structural welding, etc.
  • Steel fabrication work experience.


  • High motivation and self-sufficing.
  • Comfortable working in a team.
  • Fitness and manual skills.
  • Readiness to work at significant heights.
  • Mechanically apt.

Workplace Conditions

Ironworkers operate in the field in the construction areas.

Work in a workshop is also available.

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