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Become A Structural Steel Ironworker

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Working As A Structural Steel Ironworker

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $55,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Structural Steel Ironworker Do At Construction Company

* Estimator typical responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to the following: Periodically meet with current and potential customers to keep abreast of upcoming projects.
* Obtain plans and specifications and any other bidding documents.
* Determine the scope of the job.
* If possible visit the job site and/or obtain pictures.
* Determine what unusual or special quality and safety requirements are in the plans and specifications.
* Be sure these are addressed in the estimate.
* Evaluate the job for desirability and determine if the margins should be adjusted accordingly.
* With the assistance of the President and Vice Presidents determine if the job will be pursued through bidding or negotiations and determine precisely what margins will be used for the project estimate.
* Prepare the estimate of cost.
* Prepare the quotation which will include all job costs, overheads and mark-up.
* Submit the quotation as a bid or assist the Division Manager in using the quotation in contract negotiations.
* If the job was bid and not won, find out as much information about our standing as possible.
* If we are successful, follow through by seeing that the field forces get all pertinent information.
* Monitor job costs to check against the estimate.
* High attention to detail Maintain cost and estimate records for use in future estimates

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How To Become A Structural Steel Ironworker

A bachelor’s degree is generally required to become a cost estimator, although some highly experienced construction workers may qualify without a bachelor’s degree.


Employers generally prefer candidates who have a bachelor’s degree. A strong background in mathematics is essential.

Construction cost estimators typically need a bachelor’s degree in an industry-related field, such as construction management, building science, or engineering.

Those interested in estimating manufacturing costs typically need a bachelor’s degree in engineering, business, or finance.


Some newly hired cost estimators may receive on-the-job training, depending on their experience. Training may include learning a company’s cost-estimating software and techniques.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Some employers prefer that construction cost estimators, particularly those without a bachelor’s degree, have previous work experience in the construction industry. For example, experienced electricians and plumbers can become construction cost estimators if they have the necessary construction knowledge and math skills.

Candidates interested in becoming cost estimators can also gain experience through internships and cooperative education programs.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Voluntary certification can show competence and experience in the field. In some instances, employers may require professional certification before hiring.

The following organizations offer a variety of certifications:

  • American Society of Professional Estimators
  • Association for the Advancement of Cost Estimating International
  • International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association

Estimators must generally have at least 2 years of estimating experience and must pass a written exam to become certified.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Cost estimators consider and evaluate different construction and manufacturing methods and options to determine the most cost-effective solution that meets the required specifications.

Detail oriented. Cost estimators must pay attention to details, as minor changes can significantly affect the overall cost of a project or product.

Math skills. Cost estimators calculate labor, material, and equipment cost estimates for construction projects. They use software, such as spreadsheets and databases, and they need excellent math skills to accurately calculate these estimates.

Time-management skills. Cost estimators often work on fixed deadlines, so they must plan their work in advance and work efficiently and accurately.

Writing skills. Cost estimators write comprehensive reports, which often help managers make production decisions.

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Structural Steel Ironworker Demographics


  • Male

  • Female



  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Top Skills for A Structural Steel Ironworker


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Top Structural Steel Ironworker Skills

  1. Critical Path
  2. Mechanical/
  3. Steel Erection
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed structural steel erection inspection activities in accordance with safety and quality requirements.
  • Prepare estimates for bids by material take-off and consolidating the estimate in FabSuite.
  • Take other source of bid hints through isqft, bid news, and printout plans to work on material take-off.
  • Worked in observance of OSHA and NIOSH safety standards.
  • Complete structural steel erection.Setting columns,connecting beams and bar joists.Welding of all moment connections and minor connections.

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