Profession structural ironworker

Structural ironworker in construction install iron elements into structures. They erect steel frameworks for buildings, bridges and other construction projects. They set metal rods, or rebar, to form reinforced concrete.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Metal joining technologies

    The various technologies used for the joining and assembling of fabricated metal workpieces.

  • Metal thermal conductivity

    The property of metals to conduct heat.

  • Types of metal

    Qualities, specifications, applications and reactions to different fabricating processes of various types of metal, such as steel, aluminium, brass, copper and others.

  • Types of sawing blades

    Types of cutting blades used in the sawing process, such as band saw blades, crosscut blades, plytooth blades and others, made from tool steel, carbide, diamond or other materials.

  • Rivet types

    The various types of rivets used in manufacturing, such as solid head rivets, blind rivets, drive rivets, semi-tubular rivets, oscar rivets, flush rivets, and others.

Skills

  • Tie reinforcing steel

    Tie together bars of reinforced steel or rebar to ensure stability of the structure before concrete is poured. Use metal wire to tie the bars together at every second, third or fourth intersection as required. Use the standard flat tie or more advances ties such as saddle ties and figure 8 ties to support heavier loads such as workers standing or climbing on the rebar structure.

  • Set up reinforcing steel

    Set up reinforcing steel, or rebar, to be used for reinforced concrete construction. Set mats and columns securely in place to prepare for concrete pouring. Use separator blocks called dobies to keep the construction from the ground.

  • Interpret 3D plans

    Interpret and understand plans and drawings in manufacturing processes which include representations in three dimensions.

  • Remove rust from motor vehicles

    Remove corrosion from surfaces of motor vehicle bodies.

  • Apply arc welding techniques

    Apply and work with a variety of techniques in the process of arc welding, such as shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, submerged arc welding, flux-cored arc welding, and others.

  • Follow safety procedures when working at heights

    Take necessary precautions and follow a set of measures that assess, prevent and tackle risks when working at a high distance from the ground. Prevent endangering people working under these structures and avoid falls from ladders, mobile scaffolding, fixed working bridges, single person lifts etc. since they may cause fatalities or major injuries.

  • Apply spot welding techniques

    Apply and work with a variety of techniques in the process of welding metal workpieces under pressure exercised by electrodes, such as projection welding, radius style electrodes spot welding, eecentric electrodes spot welding, and others.

  • Interpret 2D plans

    Interpret and understand plans and drawings in manufacturing processes which include representations in two dimensions.

  • Inspect construction supplies

    Check construction supplies for damage, moisture, loss or other problems before using the material.

  • Operate handheld riveting equipment

    Operate various kinds of tools and equipment used in riveting processes, such a pin hammer and a rivet set, handheld squeezers, a hammer and bucking bar, a pneumatic hammer, a rivet gun, and others.

  • Tend metal sawing machine

    Tend sawing machine designed for metal cutting processes, monitor and operate it, according to regulations.

  • Align components

    Align and lay out components in order to put them together correctly according to blueprints and technical plans.

  • Operate rust proofing spray gun

    Operate a semi-automatic or handheld spray gun designed to provide the surface of a workpiece with a permanent, corrosion-protective finishing coat, safely and according to regulations.

  • Spot metal imperfections

    Observe and identify various kinds of imperfections in metal workpieces or finished products. Recognise the best fitted manner of fixing the problem, which could be caused by corrosion, rust, fractures, leaks, and other signs of wear.

  • Work ergonomically

    Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.

  • Use safety equipment in construction

    Use elements of protective clothing such as steel-tipped shoes, and gear such as protective goggles, in order to minimise risk of accidents in construction and to mitigate any injury if an accident does occur.

  • Follow health and safety procedures in construction

    Apply the relevant health and safety procedures in construction in order to prevent accidents, pollution and other risks.

Optional knowledge and skills

guide cranes work in a construction team prepare pieces for joining keep records of work progress keep personal administration monitor automated machines apply brazing techniques manipulate glass program a cnc controller apply thermite welding techniques rig loads guide operation of heavy construction equipment replace defect components tend riveting machine set window operate oxy-fuel cutting torch operate manual planer tend metal planer set up temporary construction site infrastructure transport construction supplies recognise signs of corrosion ensure equipment availability cutting technologies operate soldering equipment process incoming construction supplies metal smoothing technologies

Common job titles

  • Journeyman ironworker
  • Ironworker
  • Ironworker
  • Ironworker apprentice
  • Ironworker journeyman