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Construction Trades: Ironworking

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Construction Trades: Ironworking program is designed to provide comprehensive coursework for Ironworking Apprentices to prepare them for employment in the construction industry. Training will cover all facets of ironworking including blueprint reading, structural steel erection, reinforcing and post-tensioning, rigging, architectural iron work, safety, basic first aid, light industrial construction and welding.


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

Admission to the program by the following registered apprenticeship program: Ironworkers Joint Apprenticeship Trust.

Academic Plan: 
Construction Trades: Ironworking (CER)

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses within the program.
Program Accreditation/Certification or Licensure Information: Journeyman status through the Arizona Department of Economic Security, Registered Apprenticeship Services Division, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students should select from twenty-five (25) to fifty (50) credits from the following courses based on their apprenticeship standing
upon program enrollment and in consultation with Apprenticeship Program Coordinator.
CNS110Green Construction Overview0.5
IRW101Ironworking: Orientation3
IRW102Safety and Health for Ironworking3
IRW/PFT103Science, Rigging, and Hoisting6
IRW104Ironworking: Blueprint Reading1.5
IRW105Ironworking III: History3
IRW112Lead Hazard Training3
IRW120Structural Steel Erection I3
IRW121Structural Steel Erection II3
IRW130Reinforcing: Rebar3
IRW131Reinforcing: Post Tensioning Monostrand3
IRW142Conveyors and Industrial Maintenance3
IRW150Rigging I3
IRW151Rigging II3
IRW160Architectural Ironworking I3
IRW161Architectural Ironworking II3
IRW175Precast Concrete, Metal Buildings, and Scaffolding3
IND/PNT150Construction Foreman2
ABC/MEC/PNT120Basic Calculations for Construction1.5
WLD101Introduction to Welding3
WLD201Advanced Welding Concepts3
TDR/WLD202Construction Welding III3
  • Describe and identify green energy and green buildings including Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accreditation and certification. (CNS110)
  • Describe the basic components and types of scaffolding, OSHA Subpart L requirements including fall protection requirements for scaffolds and lifts, stairways and ladders, cranes and derricks. (IRW102)
  • Demonstrate falling hazards using proper safety practices and fall protection requirements. (IRW102)
  • Demonstrate proper and safe erecting and dismantling procedures for a systems-based, tube-and-coupler, and frame scaffolding system. (IRW102)
  • Safely demonstrate rigging techniques for unloading, moving and erecting machinery for construction jobs, welding from a suspended scaffold, and perform proper signals. (IRW101, IRW102, IRW103, IRW150, IRW151)
  • Safely unload, move, and prepare iron at a construction site. (IRW103, IRW120, IRW121)
  • Demonstrate safe forklift pre and post inspection, removal from service and designation of required maintenance including proper mounting/dismounting, operation, travel, visibility, and preventative practices. (IRW102)
  • Utilize safe handling practices related to load mast position, forks, load lift/lower, and tracking in multiple tiers including awareness of site conditions and hazards. (IRW102)
  • Demonstrate initial steps of basic life support, including opening the airway and restoring breathing through artificial ventilation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CRP), (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED). (IRW102)
  • Demonstrate techniques for treating various wounds, fractures, injuries, shock, poisoning, burns, sudden illness, and environmental emergencies. (IRW102)
  • 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. (IRW103)
  • Discuss the history of the ironworking trade in the US including the foundation of the labor movement, 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, lay out, 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. (IRW102, 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 oxyacetylene 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 scaffolding and cranes including calculation of load and capacity limitations. (IRW102, 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)

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