Do you like to work with your hands? Do you like to be creative? Do you like to solve problems? Do you like to be outdoors, but college just doesn't seem to be the right choice right now? A career as an Ironworker could be the right choice for you.
*Ironworkers build bridges, office towers, highways, and stadiums.
*Ironworkers create ornamental finishes
*Ironworkers read blueprints.
*Ironworkers figure out the best way to tackle the job.
*Ironworkers work as part of a team.
There are many classifications of work as Iron Workers. For example:
Structural Ironworkers - Unload, erect and connect fabricated iron beams to form the prohect skeleton. They work primarily on industrial, commercial, and large residential buildings. They build towers, bridges, stadiums, and pre-fabricated metal buildings.
Reinforcing Ironworkers - Fabricate and place steel bars (rebar) in concrete forms to reinforce structures. The place rebar on appropriate supports and tie them together with tie wire. They install post-tensioning cables to place in concrete forms along with reinforcing steel. They stress the cables using hydraulic jacks and pumps after the concrete is poured and hardened.
Ornamental Ironworkers - Install metal windows into a building's masonry or wooden openings. They erect curtain wall and window wall systems that cover the steel or reinforced concrete structure of a building. They install metal stairways, catwalks, gratings, doors, railings, fencing, elevator fronts and building entrances.
Rigging Ironworkers - Load, unload, move, and set machinery, structural steel and curtain walls. They operate power hoists, cranes, derricks, forklifts, and aerial lifts. They have knowledge of fiber line, wire rope, hoisting equipment and proper hand signals.
Welding and Burning Equipment are considered tools of the trade and performed by ironworkers to secure their work to the structure. Ironworkers can be tested to be designated a certified welder.
Some of the advantages of a career as an Ironworker are:
*WAGES The wages in the union Ironworker industry allow you the chance to raise a family with a decent standard of living. Currently, the wage rate for a skilled Ironworker is $28.92 per hour. The Apprentice wage rate for a Ironworker with limited experience as an Ironworker would start out at $18.80 per hour. Depending upon your level of experience, you would be started at some wage rate between $18.80 per hour and $28.92 per hour.
*HEALTH INSURANCE While you may be healthy and in no need of health insurance today or even this year, when the day comes that you or your family become seriously ill, the union Ironworkers offer a generous health insurance plan to cover the high costs of health insurance.
*PENSION BENEFITS The union Ironworkers offer generous pension plans to provide you and your family income when you are too old to work. While that may be years away from now, it makes sense to save for the future.
*TRAINING Free apprentice training is provided so that you can become familiar with different kinds of skills required in the Steel Erection industry. These additional skills will improve your chances of getting and keeping work. Even after completion of apprentice training, free upgrade training is offered to journeymen to keep your skills up-to-date.
*LAYOFFS In the event that you are laid off or the company that you are working for goes out of business, rather than abandon you, the Union will work with you to find work at another contractor.
*SAFETY TRAINING Free safety training is provided so that you perform your job as an Ironworker while reducing the chance that you will suffer a serious injury on the job.
*COLLEGE CREDIT An innovation in the apprenticeship program combines apprenticeship with college study. Apprentices are "dually enrolled" in the apprentice program and receive free college credit to recognize the achievement of those who successfully complete their apprenticeship program. This is a way to expand your career options.
The Ironworkers Apprenticeship programs accepts applications at all times at its Training Center
located at 698 Bev Road in Boardman, Ohio. This apprenticeship is not a guarantee of a job as the work
is very seasonal and related to the economy in the construction industry.
For more information, please contact Gary Hartman at (330) 539-6050 or Gary@TheBuildersOnline.com.