Ironworker (Generalist)


$46,592-$66, 560



At a glance

Ironworkers generally work outdoors fabricating, assembling, and joining metal and wood pieces used in scaffolding, structural steel buildings, bridges, and ornamental ironwork. Jobs can range from laying reinforcing steel for a shopping centre and building stairway railings, to suspending scaffolds from structures and building wooden pedestrian bridges. Ironworkers erect structural steel components, install pre-cast concrete, reinforcing steel, pre-stressing and post tensioning tendons, and install conveyors, robotic equipment, and curtain wall. They sometimes perform re-constructive work on existing structures and bridges.

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Work environment

Work environments for construction careers can be located outdoors or indoors or both. Work hours may vary as well. Some positions are seasonal while others are all year round, but part-time. Other positions are project-based and may require you to work full-time until the project is complete. And, of course there are careers that have full-time hours all year round.

Below is a list of workplaces where you might find opportunities to gain apprenticeship hours and/or experience. (Source: Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook and Manitoba Prospects)

  • Construction contractors,
  • Insulation contractors
  • Industrial plants

Other conditions: N/A

Mini Skills Assessment

If you answer YES to the questions below, then Ironworker could be the occupation for you!

  • Would you like to work with precision tools?
  • Are you in good physical condition?
  • Could you work in high places?

Essential Skills Profiles

The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).

Below you will find links to the Essential Skills Profiles for this occupation and/or related ones.


Below you will find the annual salaries for apprentices and journeypersons for an Ironworker (Generalist).

Minimum for Apprentices

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba


Average for Journey Persons

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba

$59,904 - $66,560

For more information on apprenticeship wages, visit

Every year, the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) Construction Sector releases Minimum Wage Schedules for Manitoba. Below are the minimum wage rates for this career.

Minimum Wage RateJanuary 1, 2017 or after
Structural Steel Erector$34.75
Reinforcing Iron (re-bar)$30.10
Miscellaneous Metal Worker/Ornamental Worker$34.25



Note: To receive the most up-to-date information about satisfying apprenticeship level requirements, contact Apprentice Manitoba or visit

Ironworker (Generalist)

Program Length (Minimum Years)

3 years

Level Requirements

Required Hours for each level (L)

L1: 1, 800 hours L2: 1, 800 hours L3: 1, 800 hours

Technical Training/Year (weeks in class)

Y1: 9 weeks Y2:6 weeks Y3: 9 weeks

Additional Licensing


Trades Qualification Requirements (minimum experience required)

Minimum years of experience required

(within last 10 years)

4.5 years

Minimum hours experience required

8, 100

Practical Exam required


Compulsory Apprenticeship/Certificate of Qualifications required to work


Red Seal Trade available


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