On the Job: A Day in the Life of an Ironworker
You might see us atop and tied off the sides of buildings under construction – if you happen to look up that far.
Ironworking is one of the most exciting industries around. We don’t go to the office. We build the office.
Ironworking consists of several specialties. They all require extensive skills and safety training, which we teach in our apprenticeship program, a commitment to teamwork, and a good sense of balance.
Erect and connect iron beams to construct the skeletons of buildings. Projects can include bridges, stadiums and towers – mostly industrial and commercial work.
Install stairs, windows, doors, gates, grates, platforms and fences. This work involves adding the finishing touches on buildings as opposed to installing the essential framework.
Riggers and Machinery Moving:
Move the equipment of ironworking and secure the iron and other materials lifted by forklifts, cranes and power hoists, preparing and operating them for projects.
Welding and Burning:
Welding touches every part of the ironworking trade, from beginning to end. Our training program offers welding certification.
Ironworking is a potentially-dangerous job, and every person on site must remain safety conscious at all times. This job requires a commitment to teamwork since ironworkers typically complete work in pairs or groups. Each person’s alertness ensures that everyone goes home healthy at the end of the day.
Are you a skilled ironworker? Demand for skilled ironworkers is strong, and we can help you find work with a union contractor, as a union member. Learn more at ironjobs.org.
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Viewing and Vigil for our member, Efren Tinoco will be on Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 at White Emerson Mortuary located at 13304 E. Philadelphia St. Whittier, CA from 12-3pm with open casket viewing from 12-1:30pm, 1:30-2pm closed casket with the last hour from 2-3pm being the vigil (prayers and verses from family and friends). Funeral will be on Monday, August 24th, 2015 at 11:15am at St. Mary's Church at 7215 Newlin Ave in Whittier, CA