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Reinforcing Ironwork


This rigorous Reinforcing Ironwork curriculum equips learners with a thorough knowledge of concrete reinforcing materials and safe handling and placement skills. Safe rigging and welding practices are also covered.

The two-level Reinforcing Ironwork curriculum complies with the U.S. Department of Labor’s standards for Reinforcing Ironworker Concrete apprenticeship programs.

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Journey Level
Assessment Available
192.5, includes Core
2005, 1st Edition
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English, Spanish
Concrete Reinforcement
40 Hours

Module ID 39101-05: Describes the selection and use of rebar, bar supports, and welded-wire fabric. Presents general procedures for cutting, bending, splicing, and tying rebar, and placement of steel in various types of footings, columns, walls, and slabs.

Concrete Reinforcement Safety
15 Hours

Module ID 39102-05: Focuses on safety topics of particular concern to the reinforcing ironworker, including rebar-related hazards, fall protection, use of positioning devices, PPE, excavations, and lifting/carrying techniques.

Rigging Equipment
10 Hours

Module ID 39103-05: Describes the use and inspection of basic equipment and hardware used in rigging, including slings, wire rope, chains, and attaching hardware such as shackles, eyebolts, and hooks, as well as rigging knots.

Rigging Practices
15 Hours

Module ID 39104-05: Describes basic rigging and crane hazards and related safety procedures. Provides an overview of personnel lifting and lift planning, and introduces crane load charts and load balancing. Includes instructions for rigging and lifting pipe.

Commercial Blueprints
20 Hours

Module ID 39105-05: Explains the format and content of drawings typically found in a commercial drawings package.

Oxyfuel Cutting
17.5 Hours

Module ID 39106-05: Explains the safety requirements for oxyfuel cutting. Identifies equipment and setup requirements and explains how to light, adjust, and shut down oxyfuel equipment. Explains how to perform cutting techniques that include straight line, piercing, bevels, washing, and gouging.

Foundations and Flatwork
15 Hours

Module ID 27204-01: Covers the construction of forms for continuous, stepped continuous, pier and grade beam concrete footings. Describes the edge forms used for on-grade concrete slabs and similar structures. Forming terms, parts of forms and procedures for constructing basic footing and edge forms are included.

Concrete Forms
32.5 Hours

Module ID 27205-01: Covers the applications and construction methods for various types of job-built forms, including wall, column, slab-and-beam, and stair forms. Instructor’s Guide includes instruction sheets for construction of various forms.

Handling and Placing Concrete
22.5 Hours

Module ID 27207-01: Covers the tools, equipment and procedures required for handling, placing, and finishing concrete at the job site. Describes joints made in concrete structures, the use of joint sealants, and form removal procedures. Safety procedures for handling, placing, and finishing concrete are emphasized.

Manufactured Forms
22.5 Hours

Module ID 27208-01: Covers the types of manufactured forms and form hardware systems used in the construction of walls, columns, deck and roof slabs, beams and girders, culverts, and highways. Includes information on flying forms, slipforms, shoring, and architectural finishes.

Metal Decking
10 Hours

Module ID 30116: Identifies decking types and profiles and how decking is packaged, shipped, and stored. Describes erecting decking and placing concrete safely. Explains the effects of deck penetrations and damage.

Introductory Skills for the Crew Leader Trainee
16 Hours

Module ID MT101: Teaches leadership skills required to supervise personnel. Discusses principles of project planning, scheduling, estimating, and management. Presents several case studies for student participation.

Contributing Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are a vital part of NCCER’s Curriculum development process. SMEs are construction and maintenance professionals who have journey-level experience and have experience teaching their trades to others.

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Contributing Subject Matter Experts
Below is a list of subject matter experts for this craft:

Jeff Henry, PCL Construction Enterprises, Inc.

Jorge Mendez, Zachry Group


Roger Lara, TIC – The Industrial Company

Instructor Resources

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