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Becoming An Iron Worker in North Carolina

    United States
    North Carolina


An ironworker is a tradesman who works in the iron-working industry. Ironworkers assemble the structural framework in accordance with engineered drawings and install the metal support pieces for new buildings. They also repair and renovate old structures using reinforced concrete and steel.
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$40,000/yr in North Carolina

Tools of the Trade

Bull Pin
Bull Pin
Sleever Bar
Sleever Bar
Bolt Bag
Bolt Bag

What Iron Workers Love About Their Trade

New challenges every day.
Using big cool tools.
It's a great lifestyle.


High Paying
Work Indoors
Not Customer Facing
Involves Calculation
Physically Challenging
Involves Climbing


Optionality Potential
There are specializations within the trade.
Advancement Potential
Are able to work up within their small teams.
Demand Forecast
All commercial construction is dependent on this trade.
Colin R.
There's nothing more fulfilling than driving around my state and seeing all the buildings that I built. Iron work is tough work, but you cannot find more rewarding work. The buildings I made will be used by my grandkids grandkids. Nothing better than the satisfaction of a a big job well done. And the pay is amazing.
Jordan S.
Working in this trade is very rewarding. The work is satisfying, and the pay is excellent.
Mike M.
Ironworking is a brotherhood. We take pride in our work and we take care of each other. Great pay, great benefits, and there's nothing like topping off a big job that you've poured your efforts into.
$71,500/ year
Estimated Salary