Professionalism is one of the reasons Ironworkers take so much pride in what they do. Choosing to become a Professional Ironworker is a commitment to career-long learning and advancement that makes the job so rewarding some Ironworker families have done it for generations.
It starts with apprenticeship.
The tradition of apprenticeship is rooted in timeless common sense: The best way to learn a trade is by doing it under the supervision of experienced people. Ironworker apprentices in Canada commit to training that will last three or four years, depending on local requirements. They’ll spend a minimum of 1500 paid hours per year on the job during that time, along with six to eight weeks a year of technical training at one of our training facilities.
Canada’s Professional Ironworkers have some of the highest training standards in the construction industry. Apprentices are held to professional standards, and are expected to put in a full day’s work for a day’s pay, to be healthy and drug free, and to be cooperative and engaged team players. Our commitment to training is so strong that if all of Canada’s Ironworker training facilities were combined into one institution, it would be the biggest university in the country.
Being a journeyman.
A graduating apprentice is called a ‘journeyman’, and becomes eligible for the full pay and benefits of a Professional Ironworker. But professional development doesn’t stop there. This work can be lifelong. Ironworkers continue to learn and update specialized skills and, if they wish, can advance to supervisory roles as they become more experienced. A career as a Professional Ironworker is what you make it. The best ones make the most of it.