An ironworker (generalist) is a skilled tradesperson who has a broad range of skills and
knowledge which enable him/her to perform a variety of job related tasks. These diverse tasks include:
erection of curtain wall, structural steel and precast concrete; laying and connecting reinforcing bars and
tension cables; installation of ornamental ironwork, conveyors, and robotic equipment; and erection of
hoists, derricks and cranes. Ironworkers are also frequently called upon to perform reconstructive work on
existing structures such as buildings and bridges. They may also be involved in the demolition and salvage
of all types of construction.
A competent ironworker is involved in all facets of the job including planning and coordination
of equipment, materials and human resources; construction and demolition of structures; and salvage,
storage and inventory of materials and equipment when jobs have been completed. All work must be
performed in the context of personal safety for oneself and others during construction and for the end users
afterward. Most ironworkers tend to specialize in certain aspects of the practice, such as structural steel
erection, reinforcing steel installation, precast concrete erection, post-tensioning of cables, curtain wall
finishing, machinery installation, etc.
Because of the size and mass of the construction materials and equipment used in ironworking,
cranes and derricks are common and necessary features of the work site. Ironworkers must be thoroughly
familiar with the operation of cranes and must be able to safely rig loads and communicate effectively with
crane operators at all times.
This analysis covers a broad range of activities performed by ironworkers in Canada. Some of
these activities are geographically limited. For example, the "erection of wooden structures" is an activity
performed by ironworkers in Saskatchewan in support of the potash industry, and the "assembly of robotic
equipment" is largely confined to the manufacturing sectors in Ontario. However, the great majority of the
tasks described in this analysis are performed by ironworkers in all parts of Canada.
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