About S.E.S.D.C.

The Southeastern States District Council of Iron Workers is committed to serving the Local Unions, Ironworkers and the Ironworking industry of its jurisdiction. Please contact the District Council Office or the Local Unions directly. 

The Iron Workers Union seeks to represent all Ironworkers in an effort to improve wages, benefits and working conditions. In a strategic partnership with the Ironworking Industry, the Iron Workers Union also seeks to raise the skill level of the Iron Worker through cooperative training and recruiting qualified Ironworkers. 

Are you Ironworker material? 

If you possess the following qualities and are looking for a career that will maximize your potential, you just might have what it takes to become an ironworker. 

  • Do you like to be able to see the work you've done at the end of the day? 

  • Do you take pride in providing quality work that meets demanding standards? 

  • Do you like to work as part of a team? 

  • Do you like to work outdoors?  

  • Are you willing to do physically demanding work that requires you to use your mind too? 

  • Would you like to earn a respectable wage while going to school to learn new skills and perhaps even a college degree? 

  • Are you interested in a career rather than "just a job?" 

  • Do you enjoy new challenges? 


If you're nodding your head "yes" to the questions above, we encourage you to contact your local iron workers union about apprenticeship training programs in your area. An apprenticeship program will provide a way to achieve the success you're looking for. 

So what do Ironworkers actually do?

Simply put, they do it all.

The common misperception is that ironworkers only erect buildings and bridges, but the fact of the matter is, ironworking is a multi-faceted trade. Most ironworkers do more than one type of ironwork and each has its own challenges and required skills.

Most ironwork is done outdoors and can be carried on year-round except in very severe weather. In many cases, however, there is indoor work that is coordinated to correspond with bad weather. Safety devices such as nets, safety belts, and scaffolding are used to reduce the risk of injury and there is a great deal of climbing, balancing, and reaching.

The following list is a sample of the type of work that ironworkers perform:

  • Structural Buildings and Bridges 

  • Reinforcing and Post Tensioning 

  • Ornamental 

  • Rigging and Machinery Moving 

  • Welding and Burning 

  • Amusement Equipment and Rides 

  • Architectural and Structural - Precast 

  • Bank Vaults and Doors Canopies 

  • Conveyors 

  • Detention Facilities (Jail Cells) 

  • Doors – Metal and Roll-up 

  • Drilling Platforms – Offshore 

  • Geodesic Domes 

  • Metal Buildings 

  • Overhead Cranes 

  • Plant Maintenance 

  • Towers