Job prospects Ironworker in Ontario

Job opportunities for Ironworkers (NOC 7236) are fair in Ontario over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as an ironworker.

Note: These employment prospects were published in December 2021 based on the information available at the time of analysis. The next update will be in December 2022. To learn more, see our FAQs. You can also find additional information on the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard.

Job opportunities in Ontario

Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be fair for Ironworkers (NOC 7236) in Ontario for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.

What Types of Employers Are Out There?

  • Construction mainly as foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors
  • Manufacturers of architectural and structural metals and primary metal

What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?

  • Construction activity is expected to be favourable across Ontario over the forecast period, supporting opportunities in this occupation.
  • Large infrastructure investments in transit, power generation, and highways and bridges.
  • Steady demand for new housing including the construction of multi-unit buildings in some of Ontario’s largest urban centres.
  • Investments in industrial projects including mining and improved commercial construction.
  • Need to repair and upgrade existing buildings and infrastructure across the province.
  • Demand for building materials such as structural, reinforcing, ornamental and other metals is expected to support work for architectural and structural metals manufacturers and steel producers.

What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?

  • There are four voluntary skilled trades associated with this occupation in Ontario named Ironworker (Generalist), Reinforcing Rodworker, Ironworker (Structural and Ornamental), and Precast Concrete Erector.
  • Trade certification or completion of related college course and/or several years of practical experience may be required.
  • Knowledge of welding techniques such as shield metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding, or gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) may be preferred.
  • Experience in various lines of work such as structural steel erection, fabrication, or reinforced steel installation will be an asset.
  • Knowledge of the Ontario Building Code and of safety practices such as the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).
  • Completion of a working at heights training program and training on aerial work platforms may be required for some positions.

What Other Information Will I Find Helpful?

  • A valid driver’s licence is usually required to visit various sites.
  • There may be more work during the spring and summer months because of greater construction activity.

Those with several years of experience and formal training may be able to move into supervisory roles over time.

Here are some key facts about Ironworkers in the Ontario region:

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