Structural Ironwork

Structural iron and steel workers install iron or steel beams, girders, and columns to form buildings, bridges, and other structures. They are commonly referred to as ironworkers. Structural Ironworkers typically do the following:
  • Unload and stack prefabricated steel so that it can be lifted easily with slings
  • Use a crane to lift steel beams, girders, and columns into place
  • Stand on beams or girders to help position pieces that are being lifted
  • Signal crane operators for positioning of the structural steel
  • Align beams and girders into position
  • Verify vertical and horizontal alignment of the structural steel
  • Connect columns, beams, and girders with bolts or by welding them into place
  • Use metal shears, torches, and welding equipment to cut, bend, and weld the steel

  • Annual Apprenticeship Program Includes:

  • Registration of Apprentice with D.C. and/or Maryland (if apprenticed) 
  • Attending Council meetings with and on behalf of Registered Employers 
  • Monitoring Apprentice annual progression  
  • Monthly on-site class evaluation for testing and hands-on 
  • Monitoring monthly grades and attendance reporting 
  • Monitoring monthly off-site OJT reporting  
  • Monitor and submission of NCCER Student Certification material
  • Instructor, Lab and Book Fees
  • Course Work

    Structural Ironwork 1

    Includes registration fee, books, materials, lab
    supplies, and instructor fees.
    • Construction Cranes I
    • Rigging for Ironworking I
    • Materials Handling and Storage
    • Structural Ironworking I
    • Plumbing, Aligning, and Fastening
    • Oxyfuel Cutting
    • Introduction to Arc Welding
    • Steel Joists and Joist Girders One
    • Metal Decking
    •Field Fabrication One

    $2,400 ABC Member Rate* 
    $3,600 Non-Member Rate*
    *does not include C.O.R.E.

    Structural Ironwork 2

    Includes books, materials, lab supplies, and instructor fees.
    • Position ARC welding
    • Introduction to Reinforcing Steel and
    Steel Fabrication
    • Miscellaneous Ironworking
    • Trade Math
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Rigging II
    • Structural Ironworking II
    • Steel Joists and Joist Girders II
    • Construction Cranes II
    • Levels, Transits and Electronic Survey

    $2,400 ABC Member Rate 
    $3,600 Non-Member Rate

    Structural Ironwork 3

    Includes books, materials, lab supplies, and instructor fees.
    • Weld Testing
    • Pre-Engineered Systems
    • Ornamental Ironworking
    • Stud Welding
    • Post-Tensioning
    • Placing and Tying
    • Reinforcing Steel
    • Construction Cranes III
    • Special Rigging
    • Field Fabrication II
    • Demolition
    • Precast/Tilt-up Erection
    • Structural Ironworking III

    $2,400 ABC Member Rate 
    $3,600 Non-Member Rate