Ornamental Ironworker

Ornamental ironworkers are usually not involved with the overall construction of a building or residence. Their job begins after construction has been completed and there is a need for finishing touches and decorations to be added before the building or home can be considered done. According to the website www.careerplanner.com an ornamental ironworker is responsible for installing prefabricated ornamental ironwork. They are responsible for all steps of the installation process from reading construction blueprints all the way to securing the ornamental ironwork into its permanent place. Because such work requires the use of several types of skills it is essential that ornamental ironworkers be able to use a variety of hand tools such as drills rulers and screwdrivers and they must have the ability to mix concrete maintain equipment used for installation and they must be extremely detail-oriented so that the ornamental ironwork is installed evenly and according to very specific and detailed instructions. Some examples of the types of ornamental ironwork that they install include decorative stair handrails and metal trim on doors and the outsides of buildings. Because ornamental ironwork is often desired on both the inside and the outside of buildings and residential homes ornamental ironworkers are often required to work indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. Normally work is not suspended due to weather conditions not considered to be severe. The website www.ehow.com states that ornamental ironworkers must have a high school diploma or GED and the completion of an apprenticeship program before beginning their professional career. Apprenticeship programs are often paid and can be obtained through local unions. As their career progresses additional skills are learned on-the-job. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the average wage for an ornamental ironworker is about $20 per hour which equates to $41600 per year.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Apprenticeship
Avg Salary: $41600
High Salary: $45760
Low Salary: $37440
Tasks: Installs ornamental iron.
Hoists iron pieces into position.
Bolts or welds iron into place.
Sets up ornamental fences.
Also Called: Ironworker
Ornamental Metalworker
Structural Ironworker
Ornamental Iron Installer
Additional Resources: http://www.careerplanner.com/DOT-Job-Descriptions/ORNAMENTAL-IRON-WORKER.cfm
http://www.ehow.com/about_6383584_description-ornamental-iron-worker.html
http://www.ironworkers.org/becoming/careers.aspx