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Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.
Most apprenticeship programs are 3-4 periods in length, with an average of 8 weeks for each training period. In addition, there are specific allotments of on-the-job training hours associated with each period, so most apprentices complete 1 period per calendar year.
You want to be an ironworker. You want to fabricate, construct and join scaffolding, structural steel buildings, ornamental ironwork and pre-cast structures. You want to specialize in metalwork and are comfortable working at heights.
But you need to learn more and choose from 3 specialized branches of the ironworker trade, which include ironworker – metal building systems erector, ironworker – reinforcing or ironworker – structural/ornamental. You want to learn how to erect and install scaffolding, construction cranes, derricks and other hoisting equipment, including assembling rigging (cables, pulleys, hooks) to move heavy equipment and materials.
We have been delivering ironworker training at NAIT since 1965.
At NAIT, we’re here to teach you everything you need to know.
Here are some of the other subjects covered in the Ironworker apprenticeship program at NAIT, however some duties might be different depending on your specialization:
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The Ironworker apprenticeship term varies based on your specialization:
As an ironworker, you will be employed primarily by construction contractors, but depending on your specialization, you might also be employed by metal fabricators, oil and gas producers, iron and steel producers, electrical utility contractors or the rail transport industry. Very few ironworkers are self-employed.
In the construction industry, some employment is on a project-to-project basis and may require travelling long distances from job to job. Employment may be affected by the economic climate or the volume of construction work available.
Experienced ironworkers may advance to supervisory positions like foreman, construction superintendent or training coordinator.
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Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training. Once your training has been completed, you will be able to write provincial examinations set by the Government of Alberta to become a certified journeyperson.
The first period of training is 6 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in general safety, oxy-fuel equipment and tack welding, drawing interpretation and mathematics and level 1 rigging.
The second period of training is 6 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided further training in drawing interpretation and mathematics, along with reinforced concrete and trade-related knowledge.
The third period of training is 6 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided further training in drawing interpretation and level 2 rigging, as well as structural steel and metal building systems.
The fourth period of training is 6 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in ornamental and miscellaneous iron, curtain walls, advanced rigging and trade-related knowledge.
Effective November 1, 2014, you must fillout the application located on the MyTradesecrets website for Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board staff to determine if you are eligible for status as an indentured apprentice.
Once you are an indentured apprentice, you can review the availability and start and end dates of the program you are interested in. Log into your MyTradesecrets profile and do a search under the Class Registration section. Then you can determine the schedule that best fits your needs.
We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.
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NAIT supports over 4,000 students with over $6 million in scholarships and bursaries each year. Many are available for students across a wide range of programs.
The Interprovincial Red Seal Program was developed to provide journeypersons with the ability to work anywhere in Canada.
If you are a certified Blue Seal journeyperson in Alberta, you've proven that you meet Alberta's high industry standards and possess the skills to succeed in your trade.
There are many different ways to experience a NAIT education, from full-time diploma programs and apprenticeships to part-time degrees. Let us help you choose what's right for you.
Begin the application process through MyTradesecrets.
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