Ironworker Apprenticeship

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*Statistics retrieved from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What Does an Ironworker Do?

The work includes the unloading, erecting, bolting, and welding of steel members that form the framework of structures; such as: bridges, industrial and commercial buildings, sports stadiums, and large residential buildings.  Ironworkers also place/install the reinforcing steel and post-tensioning cables that reinforce the concrete footings, piers and columns that support these structures.  They also install the curtain wall and window wall systems that serve as the outer "skin" on many buildings.  Ironworkers install and erect metal stairways, railings, ladders, doors, cat-walks, and other miscellaneous iron work that is part of the completed structure.  To accomplish this the ironworker must have a working knowledge of wire rope, fiber line, hooks, skids, rollers, rigging hardware, proper hand signals and power hoisting equipment; such as: cranes, derricks, fork-lifts and various hand operated hoisting equipment; such as: chain hoists, and block and tackle.


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What Are the Working Conditions?

With the exception of some ornamental ironwork, remodeling and repair work, and the occasions where temporary shelters can be set up, most of the work is done outdoors. Most ironwork is performed year round except in instances of very severe weather. Ironworkers frequently work at great heights, in all kinds of environments, including noise, dust, heat and cold. The work is physically demanding and may be performed in awkward positions. Ironworkers also work underground, in trenches, and in confined spaces. It may also involve extensive travel.

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How is the Training Structured?

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What are the Application Requirements?

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What Skills Should I Possess?

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Who Should I Contact In My Area?

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
ABC of Wisconsin 5330 Wall St.
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: (608) 244-6056
Fax: (608) 244-2401
Burt Harding
Madison Area Ironworking JAC 1602 S Park St
Madison, WI 53715
Phone: (608) 256-3162
Fax: (608) 256-3163
Debbie Schanke
Milwaukee Area Ironworking JAC 12034 W Adler Ln
Milwaukee, WI 53214
Phone: (414) 476-9372
Fax: (414) 476-9742
Richard Badger
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Additional Resources

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics maintains information on all occupations. For more information on the Plumbing trade in the United States, visit:

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Sources: Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Position Descriptions,
Apprenticeship in Wisconsin Handbook

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