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Work is as native to people as the language they speak. Evidence of this is found today in people's last names, which often refer to the trade one's ancestors practiced. A family's name and the trade they practiced were identical. When you take up the trade of Ironwork the trade takes root in you. And you become part of this great and unbroken chain of family, trade, and tradition. Ironwork lives in each Ironworker as each Ironworker lives by the work that the Ironworker does.

Modern Ironworker represents a melding of practices and professions that have stood the test of time. Many of them are well beyond the scope of today's most sophisticated technology. Much like the craftwork of old, the modern Ironworker uses hand, eye, mind, and heart to build structures with pride, skill and workmanship to last for generations. Very little of the built world around us has gone untouched by the skilled hands of Ironworkers. They join land separated by water, reinforce building foundations, and erect the steel skeletons that allow those same buildings to soar into the sky. The structures that Ironworkers erect stand as monuments to the ingenuity, skill, and cooperative spirit of humanity.

Harnessing the geometric and mathematical knowledge used to build the pyramids; tying together the knowledge of knots and rigging; and marrying the modern arts of metallurgy with the jargon of hand signals and blueprint reading, modern Ironwork is a collection of many skills with very deep traditions. Opportunities exist for an Ironworker to use these skills because job sites demand the skills that the Ironworker provides. In the hands of a journeyman Ironworker these constructions skills reflect a sobering wisdom about the vast possibilities and sometimes hidden limitations of construction materials and practices. The job of today's Ironworker is to transform the engineer's and the architect's vision into a concrete reality and to do so safely and effectively.