Structural ironworkers erect structural steel girders, plates and columns, and join them permanently to form a framework or a completed structure. Work is usually broken down into various phases with separate crews, such as the raising gang or the high-tensile bolt gang. The workers are usually interchangeable on all phases of work except for welding, an activity which requires additional training. Workers with the crew are usually designated according to the work they do: bolter-up, connector, hooker-on or rigger, rod man, welder, sheeter and curtain wall.
Basic theory and related information along with hands-on shop and field practice enable students to become competent in basic ironworking activities.
Ironworkers must be able to work at heights and in adverse weather. Potential students must arrange for an interview after their application has been accepted by contacting the Ironworker instructor at 604-456-1049.
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Training prepares students for entry-level employment in the ironworking trade. Upon successful completion of the program, students may seek employment as apprentices. With the present level of industrial and commercial construction, job opportunities exist in both the structural steel and reinforced concrete sectors of the construction industry.
Mike McKoryk, Chief Instructor
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