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Construction Trades: Ironworking

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Construction Trades: Ironworking degree is designed to provide apprentices and journeyman with a broadened educational background and leadership skills so that students completing the associate degree program may be better equipped to enter supervisory managerial positions.


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Field of Interest: 
Applied Technology
Associate Degree
Academic Plan Code: 
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
2018 Summer
Admission criteria

Admission to the program is required by the Arizona Field Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Program.

Academic Plan: 
Construction Trades: Ironworking (DEG)

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses within the program.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Certificate of Completion in Construction Trades: Ironworking (5436)25-50
BPC/CIS+++++Any BPC Business-Personal Computers or CIS Computer Information Systems course(s)3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students should choose 0-10 credits from the following list of courses to complete a minimum of 60 credits for the AAS degree.
Any 100-200 level prefixed courses may be selected, except courses used to satisfy the Required Courses area.
BLT+++++Any BLT Building Safety and Construction Technology course(s)
BPC+++++Any BPC Business-Personal Computers course(s)
CAD+++++Any CAD Computer-Aided Drafting course(s)
CNS+++++Any CNS Construction course(s)
GBS+++++Any GBS General Business course(s)
IND+++++Any IND Industry course(s)
IRW+++++Any IRW Ironworking: Apprenticeship course(s)
MGT+++++Any MGT Management course(s)
OSH+++++Any OSH Occupational Safety and Health course(s)
SPA+++++Any SPA Spanish course(s)
TDR+++++Any TDR Trade Related course(s)
WLD+++++Any WLD Welding Technology course(s)
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-27
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3) OR
ENG111Technical and Professional Writing (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment0-3
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
MAT120Intermediate Algebra (5) OR
MAT121Intermediate Algebra (4) OR
MAT122Intermediate Algebra (3) OR
Equivalent course OR Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course3-5
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities and Fine Arts area.3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences area.3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.4
  • Apply knowledge of business-personal computers to the business setting. (BPC/CIS+++++)
  • Describe and identify green energy and green buildings including Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accreditation and certification. (CNS110)
  • Safely demonstrate rigging techniques for unloading, moving and erecting machinery for construction jobs and perform proper signals. (IRW101, IRW102, IRW103, IRW150, IRW151)
  • Utilize safe handling practices related to load, mast position, forks, load lift/lower, and stacking in multiple tiers including awareness of site conditions and hazards. (IRW102)
  • Describe causes for falls, employer responsibilities and general fall protection requirements including proper use of fall protection controls, equipment and systems. (IRW102)
  • Safely unload, move, and prepare iron at a construction site. (IRW103, IRW120, IRW121)
  • Describe physics concepts related to hydraulics and pneumatics including properties of metal. (IRW103)
  • Configure knots, hitches and slings in fiber rope and calculate safe loads. (IRW102, IRW103)
  • Describe special procedures and safe operating practices required for hoisting with helicopters. (IRW102, IRW103)
  • Discuss the history of the ironworking trade in the U.S., related building trades, and political influences of the 21st century. (IRW105)
  • Read and interpret drawings for structural steel construction projects. (IRW104, IRW120, IRW121)
  • Given a set of structural blueprints, rig structural members into position, make initial connections, plumb and align members, and finalize connections by bolting or welding structural members into place. (IRW104, IRW130, IRW131)
  • Read and interpret drawings for reinforcing ironwork. (IRW104, IRW130, IRW131)
  • Unload, handle, and install all types of tendons for post-tensioning systems using stressing equipment safely. (IRW131)
  • Given a set of architectural blueprints, layout, fabricate and install all types of building components including supports, stairs, fire escapes, railings, fences, wire mesh partitions, doors, fire doors, elevators and miscellaneous recreational equipment. (IRW160, IRW161)
  • Given the materials and plans for a pre-fabricated metal building, unload, erect, and dismantle the building and scaffolding. (IRW175)
  • Discuss Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, regarding lead hazards, assembly, access, and dismantling of scaffolding. (IRW102, IRW112)
  • Safely weld heavy, light and cast metals using proper oxyacetaline and arc welding techniques so the joint passes a bend test. (WLD101, WLD201, WLD202)
  • Identify cause and effects of lead hazards and demonstrate general site safety, safe work practices and confined space entry. (IRW102, IRW112)
  • Demonstrate proper and safe erecting, climbing, dismantling, and transporting of various types of cranes including calculation of load and capacity limitations. (IRW122)
  • Demonstrate proper and safe use and maintenance of basic hand and conveyor-specific tools, installation process of overall conveyor and bulk handling systems, including components and operation of belt conveyor, bucket elevator, screw conveyor, drag chain conveyor and air slide. (IRW142)
  • Identity basic theories of motivation, role of communications in construction project management, decision making, planning strategies, production schedules and loss control. (IND150).
  • Perform ironworking trade calculations by identifying the appropriate type of number system and identifying appropriate formula to be used. (ABC/MEC/PNT120)
  • Demonstrate techniques for treating various wounds, fractures, injuries, shock, poisoning, burns, sudden illness, CPR, AED, basic first aid, and environmental emergencies. (IRW102)

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