What is an Ironworker?

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You're interested - but first you want to know what an Ironworker does.
That's a good question!
Ironwork falls into a number of related segments of the trade.
Structural Ironwork
Reinforcing Ironwork
Ornamental Ironwork
Rigging Ironwork
Welding and Burning

Structural Ironworkers
  • Erect and connect fabricated iron members to form the skeleton of a structure such as: Buildings, Bridges, Stadiums, Pre-engineered metal buildings.
  • Erect and install precast panels and metal decking

Reinforcing Ironworkers

  • Fabricate and place steel bars in concrete forms to reinforce concrete structures such as: Floor slabs, Concrete walls, Concrete support columns.
  • Install Post Tensioning Tendons (cables) into forms along with reinforcing steel.

Ornamental Ironworkers

  • Install: Curtainwall & Window Wall, Windows, Doors of all types, Metal Stairways and Railings, Ladders & Platforms, Gates & Fences

Rigging Ironworkers

  • Load, unload, move and set machinery, equipment, and materials using: Power hoists, Cranes & Derricks, Forklifts, Aerial Lifts, Blocks and Tackle.
  • Structural, Reinforcing and Ornamental Ironworkers all do rigging work.

Welding and Burning

All types of Ironwork - Structural, Reinforcing, Ornamental and Rigging - require the Ironworker to know how to weld and burn various types of metals. The Ironworker must also learn how to read blueprints in order to do these tasks.

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Reinforcing
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Rigging
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Ornamental
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Ironworkers build:
Bridges and Highways
High Rise Buildings
Schools
Malls
Hospitals
Sports Stadiums
Office Buildings
Manufacturing Plants
Wind Towers
Power Plants
Without Ironworkers there would not be:
The Golden Gate Bridge
The Sears Tower
NASA (space shuttle)
Disney World
The amazing skylines of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles.

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