Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Ironworker Foreman (#20005989)

General Statement

Under general supervision, is responsible for all ironwork activities involved in the assembly, erection, repair or alteration of structural steel and architectural metal work throughout the District.

Essential Job Functions

Essential job functions are fundamental, core functions common to positions in a classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are designed to be descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents may complete one or all of the job duties listed or tasks of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Supervises ironworker activities throughout the District; plans and schedules projects; gives advice and instructions regarding work in process; inspects jobs in progress and upon completion to make sure that instructions and work schedules are followed.
  • Supervises the work of Structural Ironworker/Architectural Ironworker Leadman and Structural/Architectural Ironworkers.
  • Cooperates with other supervisory personnel in order to coordinate ironworker activities with other operating and maintenance work.
  • Is responsible for the proper use and care of tools, equipment and materials used in connection with the ironworker trades.
  • Checks adherence to safety rules and practices; administers first aid in case of injury and secures prompt medical attention when necessary.
  • Studies and interprets blueprints, sketches, written or verbal orders.
  • Requisitions tools, equipment, supplies, and/or materials from the storeroom.

Other Job Functions

  • Consults with other District personnel to determine job requirements and schedules.
  • Performs any of the duties of ironworkers as required.
  • Reviews and codes timesheets, electronic time off requests and maintains vacation schedules online.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Environmental Conditions

May involve exposure to a variety of operating mechanical equipment and loud noise and/or noxious odors. May include working in all types of weather conditions throughout the plant facility and collection system.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Extensive knowledge of architectural and structural ironworking.
  • Thorough knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade.
  • Skill in the use and care of the tools, machines and equipment of the trade.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Ability to work from sketches, plans and specifications.
  • Ability to do oxyacetylene and electric arc welding.
  • Ability to coordinate the work of several crews at different locations.
  • Ability to plan and supervise the work of others in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from a standard senior high school or the equivalent and three years of experience as a Structural or Architectural Ironworker.


Additional experience may substitute for the required education on a year-for-year basis.

Promotional Requirement

  • One year of service with the District as an Architectural Ironworker Leadman or Structural Ironworker Leadman or two years of such experience as an Architectural Ironworker or Structural Ironworker.
  • Civil service status in one of the foregoing classifications.

CLASS: 20005989; EST: 1/1/1900; REV: 11/1/2016;