What do parking garages, skyscrapers, and control towers have in common? Many of them are made with steel. Steel beams provide the framework for a tall building and are the foundation for any future construction. Steel erectors, or ironworkers, are the people who create the steel framework for buildings.
Steelworkers spend most of their day working with steel beams, girders, and columns. They help cut steel to its proper size, install beams where they are supposed to go based on the blueprint or design, and weld steel parts together. Sometimes they help with building renovation or operate equipment like cranes.
A steel erector needs to do its job very carefully. If they make a mistake, the whole building could collapse. A mistake could also be deadly since steel erectors often work with dangerous power tools many feet above the ground. To prepare for this demanding yet rewarding career, many steel erectors start out as apprentices so they can learn important skills through practical experience. Once they are done with their apprenticeship, steel erectors can earn an average of $32,850 a year.