Structural iron/steel workers are responsible for handling, positioning, and installing steel structures, which also involves carrying heavy equipment and iron pieces. They generally work on teams with other workers to assemble steel pillars and other shapes to form structures according to architectural plans and must always follow strict safety guidelines to prevent accidents on the job.
These workers wear hard hats, steel-toed boots, sound-cancelling ear plugs, and goggles, and help construction specialists move large amounts of steel and hold them in place while other professionals solder them or keep them in place with cement. They may also use industrial-grade tools, such as pliers, hammers, and screwdrivers to connect iron pieces. Communication skills are important in this position in order to interact with construction staff and relay ideas related to structural positioning and material durability. They work primarily in construction settings and should be able to multitask on a variety of projects.
Structural iron/steel workers should be able to carry heavy objects and stand for long periods of time, and they use different frameworks to unite columns using cable and other hoisting devices. They may transport supplies and participate in cleaning duties after work has been completed, and they also verify correct alignment using tools during installation. They should also be able to operate cranes and other heavy machinery as needed. A high school diploma may be a minimum requirement for this position, and prior experience in steel work is highly beneficial.
Structural Iron / Steel Worker Tasks
Position and place steel members, and attach them to the correct locations by riveting, welding or bolting.
Fabricate, alter or weld metal pieces to the desired shape and size.
Move steel beams, girders, or columns to the appropriate locations safely and securely.
Read specifications and blueprints to determine work locations and timing.