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Ironworker Jobs

Ironworkers work with metal to construct buildings, bridges, and other large structures. This includes, installing and connecting steel beams and columns, reinforcing concrete with steel bars, and erecting pre-fabricated metal structures. They also use hand and power tools to cut, bend, and shape metal, and may operate heavy equipment such as cranes and forklifts to move large pieces of metal into place. Ironworkers often work at great heights, outdoors, and must follow strict safety procedures as their work is often dangerous. This job requires physical strength, agility, and the ability to work as part of a team.

All persons interested in the ironworker profession are required to take part in an apprenticeship program and pass the final test. Before entering the apprenticeship program, you must take an Ironworker Aptitude test.

Requirements are:

  • Minimum of Grade 10 or equivalent
  • Minimum 17 years old
  • Ability to climb and work safely at heights
  • Good physical condition

You may be required to work for more than one employer during the apprenticeship program.

Ironworker Jobs & Salary

Reinforcing Ironworker  –  $22.80 – $49.80 an hour

Ironworker – $42.29 an hour

Structural Ironworker – $22.80 – $49.80 an hour

Welder – $18.50 – 23.44 an hour


The apprenticeship test costs $50.  At the time of payment, you must show ID cards and social insurance. The deadline for the payment is on the morning of the exam.  When checking in for the exam you are required to show proof of payment proof and ID. Exam fees are non-refundable.

Occupational Outlook

ironworker  jobs are projected to grow 11%  from 2018 to 2028.   This is faster than the average for all occupations. The need to rehabilitate, maintain, or replace aging infrastructure such as highways and bridges is expected boost employment.

What’s on the Test


Basic arithmetic – to entail, division, multiplication, division and subtraction. Also percentage, decimal and fractions.
Basic algebra – simple equations and ratios. Finding the unknown in an equation.

Basic geometry – formulas, identifying shapes (plane shapes and solid shapes), perimeter, area, volume, circumference. (Note that formulas will be provided in the exam.)

Conversion – manipulating conversion tables into solving practical questions.

Unit of measurements – unit of measurement for length, velocity, area, weight, volume, temperature.

Reading comprehension

You will be given a short passage followed by questions based on that passage. You are advised to read carefully the details of the essay. There are multiple choice questions that you will select the best option from, according to the essay.

Practical application

There are two parts to this section of the test, pattern problems and component problems. For the pattern problems, you will be tested on your ability to identify patterns. You could be asked, for example, to locate the central point of a pattern.

The component problems test your ability to recognize and replicate those specific patterns.

Test Format

The test is a standard test of Grade 10 level material. The test is multiple choice.  The test has three sections:

Mathematics – 30 questions
Practical applications – 30 questions
Reading comprehension
30 questions

The test is computer based.


You cannot bring calculators into the exam room.  The computer has a basic calculator that you may use.  No electronic devices are permitted in the exam room.


You must make at least  70% to pass.  There is no penalty for wrong answers.

The test accounts for about 15% of your total certification grade.  There will also be an interview after the apprenticeship program that accounts for 42% of your grade.

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Date Published: Monday, March 9th, 2020
Date Modified: Tuesday, April 11th, 2023