Area of Study: Certificate of Proficiency in Ironworking
Degree/Certificate: Certificate of Proficiency
Students must be currently working in a registered apprenticeship program in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.
A three year apprenticeship emphasizes the skill set required to be a highly skilled craftsman. The Ironworker erects, assembles, and installs fabricated structural metal products, usually large metal beams, in the erection of industrial, commercial, or large residential buildings. Structural Ironworkers erect the steel framework of bridges and buildings. Reinforcing Rod Ironworkers set steel bars or mesh in concrete forms to strengthen concrete in buildings and bridges. Ornamental Ironworkers install metal stairways, catwalks, gratings, grills, screens, fences, and decorative ironwork. The Rigger is an ironworker whose job is to move heavy machinery, using rollers, forklifts, and other sources of power.
The apprenticeship certificate recognizes student attaining journey level status at the completion of the technical studies. Apprentices may apply technical studies together with general education coursework toward the Associate of Applied Science degree with a concentration in Ironworking.