Students must be currently working in a registered apprenticeship program in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training. The apprenticeship program prepares the student to earn a journey-level status in Ironworking, as well as an Associate of Applied Science degree. A three-year apprenticeship emphasizes the skill set required to be a highly skilled craftsman. The Ironworker erects, assembles, and installs fabricated structural metal products, usually large metal beams, in the erection of industrial, commercial, or large residential buildings. Structural Ironworkers erect the steel framework of bridges and buildings. Reinforcing Rod Ironworkers set steel bars or mesh in concrete forms to strengthen concrete in buildings and bridges. Ornamental Ironworkers install metal stairways, catwalks, gratings, grills, screens, fences, and decorative ironwork. The Rigger is an ironworker whose job is to move heavy machinery, using rollers, forklifts, and other sources of power.

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This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify the Office of the Registrar at RegistrarOffice@tri-c.edu.

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Program Admission Requirements

  • Aptitude Test
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II or appropriate score on English Placement Test.
  • MATH-0955 Beginning Algebra or appropriate score on Math Placement Test.

Other Information

  • Participant must be working in an apprenticeship in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.
  • Applicants are reviewed and selected by committee for admission to the program.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Listen, ask questions, confirm understanding and use hand signals when needed to communicate with job steward, foreman and other journeymen on the crew to ensure effective and safe completion of the job and to be environmentally sensitive.
  2. Act according to the ironworkers Code of Excellence and continually upgrade knowledge and skills.
  3. Apply OSHA, company and in-house standards and policies, first aid and CPR to maintain a safe work site that is environmentally sensitive.
  4. Interpret appropriate blueprints for a given project and apply basic math and geometry to determine layout.
  5. Fabricate, erect and detail the structure and/or precast using appropriate equipment and tools in a safe, effective and environmentally sensitive manner for industrial, commercial or large residential building clients.
  6. Fabricate, erect and detail stairways, catwalks, curtain walls, handrails, gratings, screens, fences and windmills using appropriate equipment and tools in a safe, effective and environmentally sensitive manner for industrial, commercial or large residential building clients.
  7. Fabrication and placement of rebar and post tensioning using appropriate equipment and tools in a safe, effective and environmentally sensitive manner for industrial, commercial or large residential building clients.
  8. Move and install machinery using rollers, forklifts and other appropriate equipment and tools in a safe, effective and environmentally safe manner.
  9. Be certified in OSHA/O and Subpar R; D1.5 for Shield Metal and Flux Core Arc Welding; CPR/AED and First Aid; Forklift Operations; Scaffolding Erector and Dismantling; Rigging; Post Tensioning Unbonded and Bonded; HAZMAT and Material Abatement; Drug Free Workplace; and Mine Safety and Health Act (MSHA).

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ATIW-1300 Structural Steel Concepts 2
ATIW-1310 Safety for Ironworkers 1
ATIW-1320 Steel Construction Procedures 1
ATIW-1330 Erection Concepts & Practices 3
ATIW-1410 Practical Applications of Reinforcing Steel 1
MATH-1xxx 1000-level MATH course or higher3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
ATIW-1600 Welding Fundamentals for Ironworkers 3
ATIW-2300 Shielded Metal Arc Welding 3
ATIW-2310 Welding Specialties 3
ATIW-2320 Welding Blueprints and Design 3
Communication requirement 1 3
Select one of the following: 3
BADM-xxxx
Business Elective 
CNST-1xxx
CNST Elective 
 Credit Hours18
Third Semester
ATIW-2330 Pre-Construction Planning of Speciality Applications 2
ATIW-2340 Speciality Installation Equipment 2
ATIW-2350 Ornamental Systems & Railings 2
ATIW-2360 Ornamental Applications 2
Arts & Humanities requirement 3
Select one of the following: 3
BADM-xxxx
Business Elective 
CNST-1xxx
CNST Elective 
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
Honors Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
 Credit Hours17
Fourth Semester
AIT-2990 Contracting in a Diverse World 3
ATIW-2500 Rigging and Hoisting 3
Social & Behavioral Science requirement 3
Select one of the following: 3
BADM-xxxx
Business Elective 
CNST-xxxx
CNST Elective 
Select one of the following: 3
BADM-xxxx
Business Elective 
CNST-xxxx
CNST Elective 
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours64

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