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Reinforcing Ironworkers cut, bend, lay out, place, tie, couple, and weld reinforcing steel rods, welded wire fabric and composite materials in a variety of reinforced concrete products and structures. They also place and stress various post tensioning systems in structures where longer unsupported spans are required (for example bridges and stadiums).

Good physical stamina.

Good mechanical aptitude and the ability to visualize finished projects.

You are comfortable working at heights and in all types of weather.


  • Position, align and secure components according to drawings, using a variety of methods.
  • Unload and position steel units so each piece can be hoisted as needed.
  • Signal crane operators to position units according to specifications.
  • Align, weld or bolt units in place.
  • Inspect or test structures and equipment for deterioration, defects or failure to comply with specifications or regulations.

Key Skills & Attributes

  • Strong communication, problem-solving and planning skills.
  • Reading and numeracy.
  • Experience using precision tools & machinery.
  • Ability to work in high places.
  • Ability to work outdoors in diverse weather.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment.

Entering the Trade

  • Is there a training pathway for this trad Yes
  • Number of Levels: 2
  • Total Required Apprenticeship Hours: 3,600
  • Total Hours Required to Challenge Exam as a Trade Qualifier: 5,400

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Salary Range

$39.16 – $39.94/hr

*Based on 2023 collective agreement Journeyperson hourly rate

Projected Construction Worker Retirements

~6,500 by 2032*

*BuildForce Canada 10-Year Workforce Outlook for NB

Did You Know?

Ironworking is a multi-faceted career and involves more than constructing buildings and bridges. Most ironworkers do more than one type of ironwork and each requires specific skills.