Entry Senior


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About This Career

There are two types of Ironworkers – Generalist Ironworkers and Reinforcing Ironworkers.

Generalist Ironworkers live on the edge working at the highest points of structural ironwork. They hoist, bolt, fasten, cut, bend, weld and erect components for giant storage tanks, towers and other oil and gas structures.

Reinforcing Ironworkers reinforce the structural integrity at the very foundation of a building or plant. They cut, bend, lay out, install and weld rebar and wire fabric to increase the tension of structures.

Both are involved in almost every part of construction in the oil and gas industry working on projects ranging from LNG export facilities to natural gas processing plants to offshore rigs. They both also play a role in repairing and maintaining oil and gas facilities.

Education: A high school diploma (or equivalent) is required.

Employment: This occupation is found in both onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed in the oil and gas services sector the oil and gas industry.

Example titles: Structural Steel Erector, Fitter, Rigger, Steel Fabricator, Steel Worker, Structural Steel Erector, Tower Hand

Work Activities
Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events or Information
Examining structures and equipment for deterioration, defects and non-compliance with specifications.
Handling and Moving Objects
Connecting columns, beams and girders with bolts following blueprints or instructions from supervisors.
Bolting aligned structural steel members in position for permanent riveting, bolting or welding into place.
Fastening structural steel members to hoist cables, using chains, cables and rope.
Hoisting steel beams, girders and columns into place using cranes or signalling hoisting equipment operators to lift and position structural steel members.
Verifying vertical and horizontal alignment of structural steel members using plumb bobs, laser equipment, transits or levels.
Cutting, bending and welding steel pieces using metal shears, torches and welding equipment.
Erecting metal and precast concrete components for structures, such as buildings, bridges, dams, towers, storage tanks, fences and highway guard rails.
Forcing structural steel members into final positions using turnbuckles, crowbars, jacks or hand tools.
Pulling, pushing and prying structural steel members into approximate positions for bolting into place.
Unloading and positioning prefabricated steel units for hoisting as needed.
Driving drift pins through rivet holes to align them with the corresponding holes in previously placed members.
Assembling hoisting equipment and rigging, such as cables, pulleys and hooks, to move heavy equipment and materials.
Fabricating metal parts, such as steel frames, columns, beams and girders, according to blueprints or instructions from supervisors.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices or Equipment
Unloading and positioning steel units so each piece can be hoisted as needed.
Operating scissor lifts, forklifts and boom lifts.
Performing Quality Assurance
Verifying vertical and horizontal alignment of structural steel members using plumb bobs, laser equipment, transits or levels.
Ensuring sufficient steel reinforcement of any given structure by welding windows, stairs and other structures.
Ensuring the proper fitting of all materials.
Judgment and Decision Making
Attention to Detail
Stress Tolerance
Public Safety and Security
Equipment Selection
Career Path
  • Supervisory positions
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How Can I Work in LNG?

As Canada prepares for the launch of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, this occupation will play a

key role in:

  • Off-site fabrication
  • LNG export facility construction
  • Natural gas pipeline construction
  • Turnaround maintenance

When LNG takes off, you can be a part of the action!

Working Conditions
  • Variable weather
    Inclement Weather
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Industrial excavator
    Active Machinery
  • Arrow
    Shift Work
  • Heights
    Working from Heights
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Careers also exist in the following industries:
  • Construction of buildings (residential and non-residential)
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction
Job Details

Job Category



Oil and gas services



Qualifications + Experience


  • High School Diploma (or equivalent)


  • Completion of a two- to three-year apprenticeship program is required to become a certified tradesperson. Another route into apprenticeship training is a pre-apprenticeship foundation program.
  • The Red Seal endorsement is the interprovincial standard of excellence, and is available to tradespersons upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Fall protection
  • Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
  • Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)
  • Aerial lift training