• National Average Median Pay

    $61,000

  • Real Go-Getters Make

    $156,000

  • Hourly wages up to

    $35/hour

Responsibilities 

  • Apply multiple welding techniques, metalworking concepts, and construction processes.
  • Work at considerable heights safely and efficiently
  • Analyze and interpret drawings, blueprints, and building codes
  • Positioning and tying steel rods, bars or mesh as a support for concrete
  • Erection and connecting of metal beams and columns to form structural skeleton

Education & Training

Education and training that can lead to a successful career may include:

Minimum

High school diploma or equivalent

Education

Certificate in welding, metals fabrication, structural welding, etc.

Education

Associate degree in welding, metals fabrication, structural welding, etc

Training

Apprenticeship program

Training

Related structural or steel erection work experience

Certification

AWS Certified Welder

Essential Skills

  • Highly motivated and self-directed
  • Flexible and able to work in a team environment
  • Physically fit and manual dexterity
  • Comfortable working with heights
  • Mechanically inclined

Work Environment

Many ironworkers work in the field on active construction sites. Opportunities also exist in shop environments. 

Top Industries

Industrial

Industrial

Manufacturing Facility Erection, Power Generation Shutdowns and Expansion, Heavy Equipment Installation
Infrastructure

Infrastructure

Steel Structures, Bridge & Highway Installation, Building & Structural Construction

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