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NOC Code: NOC Code: 7236 Occupation: Ironworkers
Occupation Description: Occupation 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. 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.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2
Critical Thinking Critical Thinking 1 2

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  • Read brief memos and notes. For example, read cutting and placement instructions on drawings. Read instructions for travel to job sites and descriptions of equipment, tools and supplies to take with them. Read notes on jobsite bulletins boards to learn about upcoming meetings and health and safety issues such as the location of hazardous areas. (1)
  • Read bulletins from the employer and union. For example, scan bulletins to understand and apply new procedures for fall protection, accident reporting and scaffolding installation. (2)
  • Read comments in job safety inspection reports to learn about jobsite hazards and avoid unsafe conditions. (2)
  • Read trade publications and union newsletters to learn about training opportunities and new products. For example, read articles about new tie off techniques and recent accidents in magazines such as Trade Talks and The Ironworker. Read about training courses and the benefits of training in union newsletters. (3)
  • Read collective agreements to learn about topics such as grievance procedures, pay rates, travel reimbursements and hours of work. (3)
  • Read the organization's health and safety policies to be familiar with safety standards and job task procedures. (3)
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  • Write brief notes and comments. For example, write notes in daily logbook to record job instructions provided by supervisors. Write notes on drawings to describe inconsistencies in measurements to create records for supervisors. (1)
  • Write descriptions and explanations on forms. For example, describe safety concerns such as unmarked open areas and frayed cables on connectors in safety inspection forms to create records for supervisors. Complete incident-accident forms to describe accidents, injuries incurred and required follow-up actions. (2)
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Document Use
  • Locate data on signs and labels. For example, locate material codes and placement coordinates from stamps on steel structures. Scan safety signs for hazard icons. Observe warning signs for overhead wires, crane operations, high voltages and through traffic. (1)
  • Locate material, hazard and safety information in Material Safety Data Sheets to understand hazardous products located in work areas. (2)
  • Complete forms and checklists. For example, enter names, hours, and job codes into daily timesheets. Enter job site locations, measurement data and outstanding defects and nonconformities in inspection sheets. Add checkmarks to indicate inspections were performed. Complete accident-incident reporting forms. (2)
  • Locate data in tables and lists. For example, locate beam weights and sling and bolt sizes in specification tables. Locate bolt and beam codes in material lists. Locate details about supplies and tools needed for particular jobs in job lists. (2)
  • Review assembly drawings to locate assembly sequences for columns, beams, reinforced structures and decorative steel to verify the order and size when loading onto crane chokers. (3)
  • Locate dimensions and other features on construction drawings. For example, locate dimensions and angles on drawings or examine drawings to understand the construction sequence of steel and steel reinforced structures. (3)
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Oral Communication
  • Chat about work with supervisors, co-workers and other trade workers throughout the day. For example, discuss work locations, job assignments, required tools, measurement locations and supplies with co-workers and supervisors. Speak with other trade workers to organize access to work space. (2)
  • Participate in toolbox meetings to learn about assignments, job site safety and special instructions. (2)
  • Give instructions and provide guidance to apprentices and junior ironworkers. Discuss installation sequences and techniques. Outline the selection of tools and supplies for different types of jobs and how and where to tie off on structures and discuss reasons for these choices. (3)
  • Interact with supervisors and co-workers to coordinate work during hazardous activities. For example, maintain ongoing discussions with crane operators, other erectors and supervisors when connecting, hoisting and installing steel and steel reinforced structures. Communications are brief but clear to ensure safety and efficiency. (3)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Take measurements using rulers, tapes, angle finders, sliding squares and combination squares. For example, measure the lengths, widths and heights and placement angles of columns, beams, curtain walls, trusses and rebar for reinforced concrete. (1)
  • Calculate distances and angles when placing structural steel and rebar. For example, calculate the spacing of supports and reinforcing bars. Total lengths and widths to ensure the supports and reinforcing bars are evenly placed. Calculate distances and angles to lay out materials for cutting and fabrication. (3)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare measurements to specified dimensions to ensure steel columns, beams, wiring and fabricated and reinforced structures are correctly fabricated and installed. (1)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate supply quantities such as bolts, welding rods and extension cords required to complete installations. Consider the number of structural pieces to install and distances from power and supply sources. (1)
  • Estimate the weights of materials. For example, estimate the weight of loads using factors such as weight per foot and length as factors. Use these estimations to determine sling sizes. (2)
  • Estimate times required to complete tasks such as cutting and installing rebar, and inspecting and welding columns and beams. Consider previous times, the complexity of tasks and the availability of ironworkers. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Ironworkers and rod workers receive their daily assignments and priorities from their supervisors. They are responsible for determining what tools, equipment and supplies to bring with them. They are responsible for remaining in contact with supervisors to receive new assignments if interruptions occur. They interact and integrate tasks with other ironworkers and crane operators to hoist, move and install steel beams, columns, steel reinforced building materials and decorative ironwork. (1)
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Decision Making
  • Select tools and supplies to take to job sites. You are guided by the nature of the jobs but other factors such as weights and sizes of tools and locations of additional supplies are critical factors. (2)
  • Decide to stop work when you feel work areas are unsafe. Speak with supervisors about concerns, discuss options to make areas safe and carry out alternate activities until concerns are resolved. For example, choose not to work in areas where loaded cranes are working. (2)
  • Choose methods and tools for fabrication jobs of varying types and sizes. You are guided by safety specifications and experiences with similar situations. Other factors such as crane limitations, working temperatures, dimensions of structures being installed and existing built structures are critical factors in your choices. For example, ironworkers choose to loosen bolts on ground floor columns while tightening cables on others to straighten beams and columns several floors up. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • You do not have the necessary tools. You may ask other workers to bring them and complete other work while waiting. Inform supervisors of delays and changes in work locations. (1)
  • You are unable to continue constructions because you encounter discrepancies between dimensions marked in drawings and measurements of existing structures. Inform supervisors about the errors and receive instructions before continuing work. (2)
  • You are unable to move materials and equipment to jobsites because of physical obstructions. For example, building erectors may find that steel structures cannot fit through building openings. Speak with supervisors and other ironworkers to discuss options such as disassembly. (2)
  • There are faults in materials and supplies which prevent work from continuing. For example, ironworkers cannot match up drilled boltholes and find that beams and columns have been cut incorrectly. If discrepancies are small they may loosen bolts on other beams and columns to align boltholes and cut materials to fit. For larger errors, they inform their supervisors and seek advice before continuing. Rod workers may find faulty rod installations and damage to existing rebar structures. If possible, they add support braces and continue work. For more extensive faults and damage, they seek supervisors' advice before resuming. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Find information for installations and fabrication jobs by reviewing construction drawings and speaking with supervisors. (2)
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Critical Thinking
  • Evaluate the quality of materials such as steel beams, columns, rods, decorative iron, curtain walls and concrete reinforced materials. Compare dimensions to specifications and visually inspect the fit between parts and the overall finish of structures. (2)
  • Judge the safety of job sites and equipment throughout the shifts. Inspect work sites and equipment using standard safety criteria. Inspect work areas for proper marking of hazards and the correct placement and set-up of equipment. Visually inspect items such as safety ropes, harnesses and tools for wear. Compare operating readings to specifications. (2)
  • Assess the efficiency and suitability of installation sequences. Consider the effects installation of materials will have on access for subsequent installations. Speak with work teams and other trade workers for details about their tasks and activities. Make recommendations for modifications to installation procedures as necessary. (2)
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