Ironworkers

Ironworkers

NOC
7236

Fabricate, install and repair structural ironwork, concrete reinforcing materials, ornamental iron and other metals used in the construction of buildings, bridges, highways and other structures.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

15
 

Median Hourly Wage

$38.00
$23.00
Low
$43.00
High

Median Salary

$59,688
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

213
 

% Working Full Time

84%
 

% Working Full Year

16%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Ironworkers fabricate, erect, hoist, install, repair and service structural ironwork, precast concrete, concrete reinforcing materials, curtain walls, ornamental iron and other metals used in the construction of buildings, bridges, highways, dams and other structures and equipment. They are employed by construction ironwork contractors.

Main Duties

Ironworkers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Read blueprints and specifications to lay out work
  • Unload and position steel units so each piece can be hoisted as needed
  • Erect and install scaffolding, hoisting equipment and rigging
  • Signal crane operator to position steel units according to blueprints
  • Align and weld or bolt steel units in place
  • Erect structural and architectural precast concrete components for buildings, bridges, towers and other structures
  • Assemble and erect prefabricated metal structures
  • Position and secure steel bars or metal mesh in concrete forms to reinforce concrete structures
  • Install ornamental and other structural metalwork such as curtain walls, metal stairways, railings and power doors
  • Examine structures and equipment for deterioration, defects or non-compliance with specifications
  • May dismantle structures and equipment.

Also Known As

  • ironworker
  • ironworker - metal building systems erector
  • ironworker apprentice
  • ornamental ironworker
  • reinforcing ironworker
  • structural steel erector
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a two- to three-year apprenticeship program or Over three years of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses in ironworking are usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • Trade certification for ironworker (generalist) is compulsory in Alberta and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia.
  • Trade certification for ironworker (reinforcing) is compulsory in Quebec and Alberta and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.
  • Trade certification for ironworker (structural/ornamental) is compulsory in Quebec and Alberta and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.
  • Trade certification for ironworker (metal building systems erector) is compulsory in Alberta.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified ironworkers upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Provincial Regulation

  • Provincially Regulated: Yes
  • Compulsory: No
  • Red Seal: Yes
Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

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0.0%
Female
100.0%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

5.3%
15-24
21.0%
25-34
23.7%
35-44
34.2%
45-54
15.8%
55-64
0.0%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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20.5%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
18.0%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
35.9%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
25.6%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
0.0%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

54.8%
Construction
21.4%
Manufacturing
4.8%
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
19.0%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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55.30%
Northeast
21.10%
Southeast
18.40%
Southwest
5.30%
Central
0.00%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

$61,142
Northeast
$68,701
Southeast
$68,985
Southwest
N/A
Central
N/A
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Northeast

$39.69
$25.00
Low
$44.75
High

Southeast

$34.73
$22.50
Low
$42.95
High
No Data Available
No Data Available
No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$59,688

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$98,145

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$59,688

Newfoundland

$83,673

Prince Edward Island

$83,816

Nova Scotia

$58,343

Canada

$62,275
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

15
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-7
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

21
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

67
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-4
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

70