Ironworker - Generalist
Introduction
Ironworkers (generalists) work with both structural/ornamental and reinforcing steel materials. They install structural/ornamental steel components, precast concrete members and glued laminated timber products (glulam) and place reinforcing steel in commercial, industrial, institutional and large residential buildings, towers, bridges and stadiums. They erect pre-engineered buildings and ornamental ironwork such as curtain walls, metal stairways, catwalks, railings and metal doors.
Essential Skills Requirements:
 
Safety-related Activities
Reading
Ability to read instructions and warnings written on signs, labels and packaging, e.g. read signs to learn about fall hazards. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read instructions about the use, maintenance and storage of personal protective equipment such as fall arrest systems. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read safety-related information, e.g. read safety rules and regulations governing the use of rigging. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to identify icons used in WHMIS, fire control and other hazard management systems. (Complexity: 1)
Writing
Ability to write reports to describe events leading up to workplace accidents, e.g. write about injuries and events when completing reports for workers’ compensation boards. (Complexity: 2)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the safety of the work environment by considering workplace hazards. (Complexity: 2)
 
Ironwork
Reading
Ability to understand short written comments on technical drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read instructions for the set-up, operation and maintenance of equipment such as plasma cutters and welders. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read and interpret codes and regulations, such as those issued by the Canadian Welding Bureau, that govern the trade. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to locate information such as dimensions and construction procedures using basic scale and assembly drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to use legends and symbols found on technical drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate information such as dimensions and construction procedures using moderately complex scale and assembly drawings. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate data such as radiuses, angles, degrees, lengths and weights in complex load charts. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to locate information such as dimensions and assembly procedures using complex scale and assembly drawings. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Thinking
Ability to decide the order of tasks and their priorities, e.g. decide which installations to complete first. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to evaluate work projects by considering factors such as efficiencies, timelines, costs and the quality of work performed. (Complexity: 2)
 
General Administrative Duties
Reading
Ability to read short text entries on technical drawings and forms, such as work orders, lockouts and equipment inspection sheets, e.g. read comments on work orders to learn the particulars of installation projects. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read notices and bulletins, e.g. read notices from workers' compensation boards to learn about workplace hazards and incidents. (Complexity: 2)
Document Use
Ability to enter data such as readings and quantities into tally sheets, logbooks and other forms. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate data such as weights and quantities in simple lists and tables. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read labels on product packaging, equipment and drawings to locate specifications and identification numbers. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to scan gauges and digital readouts for operating data such as pressures and temperatures. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate data such as identification numbers, specifications and quantities in moderately complex tables. (Complexity: 2)
Writing
Ability to write reminders and short notes to co-workers. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write short text entries in forms such as work orders, safety inspection sheets and supply requests. (Complexity: 1)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the safety of equipment and the severity of workplace hazards. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate the severity of equipment faults by considering factors such as readings, noise levels, pressures and temperatures. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Listening
Ability to understand short spoken statements such as a simple instruction or question. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand moderately complex spoken statements such as instructions involving multiple steps. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Speaking
Ability to ask simple questions and explain simple thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate language. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to explain moderately complex thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate tone and language. (Complexity: 2)
 
Trade Mathematics
Whole Numbers
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers. (Complexity: 2)
Fractions
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions, e.g. measure using fractions of an inch. (Complexity: 2)
Decimals
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Percents and Mixed Operations
Ability to use percent to locate numbers; add, subtract, multiply and divide signed numbers; complete mixed operations with whole numbers, fractions, percents and decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Data Analysis
Ability to calculate and use totals, sub-totals and basic summary measures like averages and rates; perform proportional calculations. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Basic Skills
Ability to analyze and draw lines and line segments; use coordinates to locate points in a plane; calculate angles; use concepts such as parallelism to solve problems. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Plane Figures
Ability to calculate perimeters, areas and circumferences; analyze angles and distances in triangles, rectangles and circles; analyze complex shapes into constituent plane figures. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Solids
Ability to calculate volumes of rectangular solids, cylinders and prisms; analyze complex volumes into constituent regular solids. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Advanced Tasks
Ability to analyze angles and distances in plane figures; calculate areas of other polygons; use theorem to solve problems; calculate areas and volumes of objects such as spheres, pyramids and cones. (Complexity: 2)
Measurement
Ability to measure things such as distances, weights, volumes, temperatures and angles; use and convert between Metric and Imperial measurement units. (Complexity: 2)
Algebra
Ability to construct and solve equations with one to three different variables and use common formulas. (Complexity: 2)
Trigonometry
Ability to identify and calculate known and unknown angles; use trigonometry to set up and solve problems using trigonometry. (Complexity: 2)