Ironworkers (Reinforcing) build and place the steel and metal components that reinforce the structures around us. They work carefully to ensure the safety and integrity of our structures. 

As an Ironworker (Reinforcing), you’ll build and install reinforcing steel rods and weld a materials for structures such as buildings, highways, and more.  

It’s precise and mathematical work, which you excel in, and includes considerable responsibility. Thankfully, you thrive when faced with a technical and responsible role, taking it upon yourself to ensure you follow all plans and specifications. 

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 weld reinforcing steel rods, wire fabric and composite materials 
  • How to place and stress various post-tensioning systems  
  • How to examine structures and equipment for deterioration, defects and non-compliance   

Key Job Skills

  • Rigging, hoisting and lifting equipment 
  • Crane work procedures  
  • Steel structure erecting 
  • 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 14 weeks over 2 years
Work-Based Training
3180 HOURS
Salary Range Hourly
$23.00 — $44.00

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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.