Ironworker – Structural and Ornamental Branch 2 Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act
Voluntary Trade
Designated Red Seal Trade Trade Code 420A
NOC 7264


  • 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
  • Align and weld or bolt steel units in place
  • Erect structural and architectural pre-cast 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 structure
  • Install ornamental and other structural metalwork such as curtain walls, metal stairways, railings and power doors

Personal Qualities

Career Opportunities

  • The majority of ironworkers are employed by construction ironwork contractors
  • A significant portion of ironworkers are union members
  • Ironwork is essential to most construction jobs

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 10; however, most employers will require Grade 12 with courses in Mathematics
  • Completion of a 3 year apprenticeship program at 2,000 hours per year
  • If you have completed 6,000 hours of on the job experience/training but have not completed the apprenticeship program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification

Training Availability

Apprenticeship Training

Ironworkers Local 721 Training and Rehabilitation Centre
909 Kipling Avenue
Toronto ON M8Z 5H3

Potential Earnings

  • Apprentices progress initially from 60% to 90% of journeyperson’s wages over time
  • Wages 1 range from $19.00 – $23.00 for junior apprentices and $34 – $37 an hour for journeypeople, excluding overtime. Union rates are available on

Prospects For Employment

  • Ratio for journeyperson/apprentice is 1:1 or 2:1
  • Employment 1 is expected to be balanced for 2012 – 2014 and good for 2013 and 2015-2018
  • Employment opportunities are subject to annual peaks and valleys and are affected by the economy

Financial Incentives

  • Employers who employ first, second and third year apprentices can apply for the Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit
  • Employers who employ first and second year apprentices can apply for the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit
  • Apprentices are able to apply for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant
  • Apprentices may also be able to apply for the Tradesperson’s Tools Tax Deduction
  • Apprentices who complete their apprenticeship and earn their Certificate of Qualification are eligible for the Apprenticeship Completion Grant