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Length: 2-3 periods Credential: Apprenticeship Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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Overview

Learn to fabricate, construct and join scaffolding, structural steel buildings, bridges, ornamental ironwork and pre-cast structures.

If you like working on a variety of tasks and enjoy working at great heights, you'll like a career as an ironworker. Ironworkers build structural components, reinforce steel, post tension tendons, install conveyors and robotic equipment and sometimes perform reconstructive work on existing structures.

As an ironworker, you will be able to specialize in three different areas:

  • metal building systems erector: you will fabricate, construct and join scaffolding. You are limited to work on two-story, steel-framed metal buildings generally referred to as pre-engineered buildings. You will erect pre-engineered buildings and sometimes perform reconstructive work on existing structures.
  • reinforcing: you will place and tie reinforcing material, join scaffolding, and perform post tensioning. As an ironworker-reinforcing tradesperson, you unload and stack steel units so each piece can be hoisted as needed, erect and install scaffolding, and select, cut, bend, position, and secure steel bars or wire mesh in concrete forms to reinforce the concrete and perform post-tensioning.
  • structural/ornamental: you will fabricate, construct and join scaffolding, structural steel buildings, bridges, ornamental ironwork and pre-cast structures. You will erect structural steel components, install conveyors and robotic equipment, and sometimes perform reconstructive work on existing structures.

While on the job, you'll perform some of the following duties:

  • read blueprints
  • unload and stack steel units so each piece can be hoisted as needed
  • erect and install scaffolding, construction cranes, derricks and other hoisting equipment
  • assemble rigging to move heavy equipment and materials and direct crane operators with hand signals or radios
  • position steel units, align holes and insert temporary bolts
  • check the alignments and join steel parts by bolting or tack welding them with an electric arc process
  • assemble and erect prefabricated metal structures
  • select, cut, bend, position, and secure steel bars or wire mesh in concrete forms to reinforce the concrete
  • install ornamental and other structural metalwork such as curtain walls, metal stairways, railing and power doors
  • unload and install pre-cast components. 

Is this the right fit for me?

Students who have the following characteristics see greater success in the trade:

  • the ability to interpret blueprints
  • an understanding of safe work practices and the knowledge to safely operate the tools of the trade
  • to be able to work at heights
  • the strength, stamina, and ability to use proper lifting techniques to lift items weighing in excess of 25 kilograms
  • very good muscular coordination, agility and balance
  • a willingness to travel to various work sites
  • an inclination to work cooperatively with others
  • the ability to act quickly and decisively in emergencies
  • a commitment to safe work habits

Credentials

Upon successfully completing the required working hours and technical training periods, graduates will be awarded journeyperson status by Alberta’s Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Ironworker - reinforcer and Ironworker - structural/ornamental are Red Seal Endorsed trades - a recognizable standard that allows tradespeople to work across Canada.

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Career opportunities

Start your career by finding an employer who is willing to indenture you as an apprentice or receive training in our Pre-Employment Ironworker program. As an ironworker, you will most likely be employed by construction contractors, but some are employed in industries such as metal fabricating, oil and gas production, iron and steel production, electrical utilities and rail transport. In the construction industry, ironworkers work on a project-to-project basis and frequently travel long distances from job to job.

After becoming a journeyperson, you may advance to supervisory positions or take on new apprentices. Some journeypersons go on to run their own businesses – we can help you build your business with our Blue Seal business certificate.

$30 - $40
Average hourly wage
2-3
Periods of training

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $925.74
Year 2: $925.74
Year 3: $925.74

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Requirements

The program requirements are set by Apprenticeship and Industry Training.  

When can you apply?

  • Registration for the 2021/22 academic year opens on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

Admission and Completion

To enter an apprenticeship, you must have the educational qualifications required or recommended education for the trade to which you apply.

Entrance Requirements are monitored and set by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.


Minimum requirements
Successful completion of the following courses:

  • English 10-2
  • Math 10-3

OR

A pass mark in all five Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests

OR

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Entrance Exam


Recommended Path
Apprentices with an Alberta High School Diploma that includes the following courses:

  • English 30-2
  • Math 30-3
  • Physics 20 OR Chemistry 20 OR Science 20 
  • Related career and technology studies (CTS) courses

How to register

Registration for technical training is run through Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. Learn how you can register for your next intake.

Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Services
1.800.248.4823
tradesecrets.alberta.ca

Suite 200 Willow Park Centre   
10325 Bonaventure DR. SE 
Calgary, AB

After you register

Email is the primary source of communication after you have registered for your intake. Please ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. We recommend you add the sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.

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Training

Depending on the specialty, technical training and on-the-job training will be different.

Ironworker - metal building systems erector: the term of apprenticeship for an ironworker (metal building systems erector) is two years (two 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1620 hours of on-the-job training and six weeks of technical training each period.

Ironworker - reinforcing: the term of apprenticeship for an ironworker (reinforcing) tradesperson is two years (two 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1620 hours of on-the-job training and six weeks of technical training each period.

Ironworker - structural/ornamental: the term of apprenticeship for an ironworker (structural/ornamental) tradesperson is three years (three 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1620 hours of on-the-job training and six weeks of technical training each period.

Training pathways to become an ironworker journeyperson

Technical Training Performance 

To be successful in technical training, an apprentice must pass each section of the course and pass the AIT exam. The passing grade for each section in the course is a 65%. A passing mark on each Trade Qualification Exam and the Interprovincial Qualification (or Red Seal Exam) is 70%.

Alberta's Apprenticeship and Industry Training procedures

Costs

Domestic tuition and fees*

Period Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees 2021/22 total
1 $674 $197.80 $53.94 $925.74
2 $674 $197.80 $53.94 $925.74
3 $674 $197.80 $53.94 $925.74

SAIT Fees

Student support fee: $37.50  
Student technology fee: $37.50
Lab and materials fee: $77
Campus recreation fee: $45.80

Books and supplies*

  • Books or modules along with other items for class average out to $600 per period.
  • It is recommended that you do not purchase books or modules ahead of time as they might be outdated by the time you attend classes and they cannot be returned to the bookstore.
  • Personal Protective Equipment will be required for the program, which may be an additional cost to apprentices.

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

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Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Manufacturing and Automation - Point Trotter Campus
403.284.8641
ma.info@sait.ca

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