2012 Project of the Year Winners - Left: Class I Pedestrian Trail Bridge - American Steel & Precast Erectors Center: Class II Coney Island Steeple Chase Plaza - Gabriel Steel Erectors, Inc. Right: Class III Pegula Ice Arena at Penn State University - S&R Enterprises LLC

Founded in 1972, the Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) is the only national trade association representing the interests of steel erectors, fabricators and related service providers.

Steel Erector members represent both small businesses earning under $3 million per year as well as large corporations generating more than $10 million per year. Working in both unionized and open labor markets, its members share a broad range of expertise in the construction of single and multi-story buildings, arenas, bridges, and rail and highway structures. Many are award winning organizations, recognized for their contributions to the environment, safety, and the industry.

Fabricators, central to the building process, connect the designers and engineers and erectors to the contractors. Fabricators purchase raw steel then prepare it for the building process. Their role in sequencing material and providing construction drawings is crucial to the erector’s success. Historically, SEAA has played a key role improving communication between Fabricators and Erectors.

Other members include General Contractors, Service Providers, Specialty Services, Suppliers and Manufacturers.

Mission: SEAA is dedicated to advancing the common interests and needs of all engaged in building with steel. The Association’s objectives in achieving this goal include: 


  • Promotion of safety, education, and training programs for steel erector trades,
  • Development and promotion of standards, and
  • Cooperation with others in activities that impact commercial construction business.


Industry Partnerships

One of SEAA’s strengths is its partnerships with other industry organizations to encourage exchanging ideas and sharing information. Among the organizations SEAA partners with are:

American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), which promotes the use of steel as the material of choice in construction, offers two prestigious designations, Certified Fabricator or Certified Erector, which SEAA members are encouraged to apply for. Companies that are AISC Certified have been through rigorous evaluation and are subject to annual reviews. AISC Certifications are independently audited.

National Institute of Steel Detailing (NISD) represents the interests of companies that produce detailed drawings for steel fabricators and steel erectors. A member of NISD’s board of directors sits on SEAA’s board to maintain an open dialog between these professional organizations and to improve communication and job site productivity.

NCCER (formerly National Center for Construction Education and Research) assists organizations with implementing workforce development programs. SEAA is working with NCCER to develop an SEAA-endorsed training program and to establish national and regional SEAA Training Assessment Centers. The goal is two-fold: recruit young ironworkers into the profession and provide them with training, resulting in the creation of a workforce ready to replace retiring workers.

Steel Deck Institute (SDI) was formed to bring uniformity to the design, manufacture, quality control and construction practices applicable to cold-formed steel decking. SDI and SEAA work together to produce educational materials of common interest to both organizations’ members.

Steel Joist Institute (SJI) represents joist manufacturers, setting standards and developing regulations for the steel joist industry. SEAA is an associate member and participates on SJI’s board of directors. The two organizations will jointly produce educational webinars.