Rebar workers cut, bend, lay out, place and weld reinforcing steel rods, welded wire fabric and composite materials in a wide variety of poured concrete products and structures such as buildings, highways, bridges, stadiums and towers.

Enjoys working in a fast paced environment.

You are mechanically inclined.

You can interpret drawings and blueprints.


  • Erect and install scaffolding, falsework and other working platforms.
  • Perform job-site calculations.
  • Signal crane operators to position units according to blueprints.
  • Align, weld or bolt units in place.
  • Read and interpret blueprints, maps, drawings and specifications.
  • Dismantle metal, pre-cast concrete or laminated timber buildings and other structures.
  • Inspect or test structures and equipment for deterioration, defects or failure to comply with specifications or regulations.

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)

  • Handling goods and materials.
  • Restoring and rebuilding.
  • Inspecting and testing.
  • Analyzing information.
  • Knowledge of technology.

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

Highschool or equivalent. Complete a three-to four year apprenticeship program. Once you successfully complete the required on-the-job training, technical training and exams, you are awarded a journeyperson certificate.

Apprenticeship Program: 3-4 years, includes technical training, on-the-job training and exam. Journeyperson certificate awarded after successful completion.

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Hourly Pay

Approx. $38

(Based on journeyperson)

Projected Construction Worker Retirements

~ 8,100 by 2029*

*BuildForce Canada

Did You Know?

An ironworker is distinct from a blacksmith, which is someone who works with, shapes, and tempers raw iron.