Jobs in Welding
Ironworkers, sometimes referred to as The Cowboys of the Sky, erect and dismantle the metal framework of a wide range of structures, from bridges and antennas to skyscrapers and stadiums.
Ironworkers also often erect the cranes and derricks that are used in the construction of these structures, and install and repair the catwalks, elevators, ladders, fire escapes, railings, and fences for commercial and industrial structures.
The type of work that an Ironworker performs can usually be categorized into one of the following designations: reinforcing, structural, and ornamental.
- Apply multiple welding techniques, metalworking concepts, and construction processes.
- Work at considerable heights safely and efficiently
- Analyze and interpret drawings, blueprints, and building codes
- Positioning and tying steel rods, bars or mesh as a support for concrete<
- Erection and connecting of metal beams and columns to form structural skeleton
Education and training that can lead
to a successful career may include:
High school diploma or equivalent
Certificate in welding, metals fabrication, structural welding, etc.
Associate degree in welding, metals fabrication, structural welding, etc
Related structural steel fabrication or steel erection work experience
AWS Certified Welder
Christian Gonzalez is an ironworker at Local 444 in Joliet, IL, and explains how he got his start in welding and it has unfolded into a successful career working as an ironworker. Click the video to see more.
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- Highly motivated and self-directed
- Flexible and able to work in a team environment
- Physically fit and manual dexterity
- Comfortable working with heights
- Mechanically inclined
The heat map below showcases the total number of job postings for Ironworkers in the last twelve months by state. As shown, the darker the color of the state, the higher the concentration of job postings. The heat map is intended to provide insight into areas where Ironworker careers are currently in demand.