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Ironworker Apprentice

Ongoing

Credential: Apprenticeship
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

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

$30-$40

Average Hourly Wage

2-3

Periods of Training

Next information session

All information sessions

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $805.94
Year 2: $805.94
Year 3: $805.94

*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 apprenticeship intakes open on May 15, 2019

Program Details

Program description

If you like working on a variety of tasks and enjoy working at great heights, you will like a career as an ironworker. As an ironworker, you will fabricate, construct and join scaffolding, structural steel buildings, bridges, ornamental ironwork and pre-cast structures. They 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 in three different areas:

  • Ironworker – 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.
  • Ironworker – 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.
  • Ironworker – 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 will 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 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 pre-fabricated metal structures; select, cut, bend, position, and secure steel bars or wire mesh in concreete forms to reinforce the concrete; install ornamental and other structural metalwork such as curtian walls, metal stairways, railing and power doors; unload and install pre-cast components. 

Your career 

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.

As a journeyperson, you will likely make a wage between $30 - $40 and hour depending on your employer.

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.

Student success

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. This is a Red Seal Endorsed trade – a recognizable standard that allows tradespeople to work across Canada. 

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 30 and Chemistry 30 
  • 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.

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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Courses

Apprentices in this trade will spend 2 to 3 years (two to three 12-month periods) of on-the-job training and technical training at SAIT. Technical training will be 6 weeks each year.

Find an employer willing to indenture you as an apprentice
Apply as an apprentice with AIT and your employer 
Sign contract and recieve record book
Written entrance examination or get approved for previous transcripts
Ironworker - Metal Building Erector 
Complete first period of on-the-job-training (1500 hours)
Register at SAIT
Attend first period of technical training for 6 weeks at SAIT
Pass first period Trade Qualification Exam
Complete second period of on-the-job training (1500 hours)
Register at SAIT
Attend second period of technical training for 6 weeks at SAIT
Pass second period Trade Qualification Exam
Become a Journeyperson 
Write and pass the Interprovincial Qualification Exam
Ironworker - Reinforcing 
Complete first period of on-the-job-training (1500 hours)
Register at SAIT
Attend first period of technical training for 6 weeks at SAIT
Pass first period Trade Qualification Exam 
Complete second period of on-the-job training (1500 hours)
Register at SAIT
Attend second period of technical training for 6 weeks at SAIT
Pass second period Trade Qualification Exam 
Become a Journeyperson
Write and pass the Interprovincal Qualification Exam
Ironworker - Structural/Ornamental
Complete first period of on-the-job-training (1500 hours)
Register at SAIT
Attend first period of technical training for 6 weeks at SAIT
Pass first period Trade Qualification Exam 
Complete second period of on-the-job training (1500 hours)
Register at SAIT
Attend second period of technical training for 6 weeks at SAIT
Pass second period Trade Qualification Exam 
Complete third period of on-the-job training (1500 hours)
Register at SAIT
Attend third period of technical training for 6 weeks at SAIT
Pass third period Trade Qualification Exam
Become a Journeyperson
Write and pass the Interprovincal Qualification Exam

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 Lab & Material fees 2020/21 total
1 $630 $50 $53.94 $72 $805.94
2 $630 $50 $53.94 $72 $805.94
3 $630 $50 $53.94 $72 $805.94

SAIT Fees

Student support fee: $25  
Student technology fee: $25

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.

Wellness centre

Membership to the SAIT Wellness centre - including an ice arena, swimming/diving pool, gymnasium, squash and racquetteball courts and eight room is available to apprentices at a discounted rate.

Financial planning tool

Our apprenticeship cost calculator can help you make a financial plan by identifying and adding up your expected expenses while attending SAIT — find out exactly how much money you need to save, seek or borrow to get you through your studies.

Contact

Point Trotter Campus
403.284.8641
ma.info@sait.ca

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

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

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