Ironworkers (Generalist) are precise and collaborative tradespeople who work closely with steel and other types of metal to build, maintain and remove a range of structures—from towers to highways.

As an Ironworker (Generalist), you’ll have a range of job sites to choose from. You’ll use a mathematical and tactile approach to carry out a range of structural work.  

You’ll be welding, riveting, and bolting, while also helping crane operators position their loads. You’ll learn how different types of metal respond in situations—and how to use specialized equipment to shape it how you see fit. 

What You'll Learn

  • How to read and interpret blueprints, plans and specifications 
  • How to unload, position and take down structures and equipment 
  • How to align and weld or bolt steel units in place  
  • How to set up concrete components, reinforce concrete structures, and examine structures  
  • How to examine structures and equipment for deterioration, defects and non-compliance  

Key Job Skills

  • Use of rigging, hoisting and lifting equipment 
  • Application of crane work procedures  
  • Steel structure erection 
  • Reinforcement, pre-stressing, and post-tensioning techniques 
  • Structural steel maintenance 

Technical Training

To get certified, you will need to sign up for technical training at an approved training provider in addition to on-the-job training. 

Visit Trades Training BC and EducationPlannerBC for a comprehensive list of what programs are available in your trade at public and non-public schools. 

Technical Training 22 weeks over 3 years
Work-Based Training
4740 HOURS
Salary Range Hourly
$23.00 — $44.00

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Challenge the


If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification. Learn more about How to Challenge a Skilled Trade.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.