Projected Growth: Decline
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to Fabricate, position, align, and fit parts of structural metal products.
Common job titles of Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters include:
Experience and Education
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
47.14% said they needed a High School Diploma.
29.03% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.
Move parts into position, manually or with hoists or cranes.
Study engineering drawings and blueprints to determine materials requirements and task sequences.
Remove high spots and cut bevels, using hand files, portable grinders, and cutting torches.
Set up and operate fabricating machines, such as brakes, rolls, shears, flame cutters, grinders, and drill presses, to bend, cut, form, punch, drill, or otherwise form and assemble metal components.
Verify conformance of workpieces to specifications, using squares, rulers, and measuring tapes.
Position, align, fit, and weld parts to form complete units or subunits, following blueprints and layout specifications, and using jigs, welding torches, and hand tools.
Design and construct templates and fixtures, using hand tools.
Mark reference points onto floors or face blocks and transpose them to workpieces, using measuring devices, squares, chalk, and soapstone.
Hammer, chip, and grind workpieces to cut, bend, and straighten metal.
Tack-weld fitted parts together.
Lift or move materials and finished products, using large cranes.
Lay out and examine metal stock or workpieces to be processed to ensure that specifications are met.
Smooth workpiece edges and fix taps, tubes, and valves.
Direct welders to build up low spots or short pieces with weld.
Set up face blocks, jigs, and fixtures.
Position or tighten braces, jacks, clamps, ropes, or bolt straps, or bolt parts in position for welding or riveting.
Locate and mark workpiece bending and cutting lines, allowing for stock thickness, machine and welding shrinkage, and other component specifications.
Align and fit parts according to specifications, using jacks, turnbuckles, wedges, drift pins, pry bars, and hammers.
Erect ladders and scaffolding to fit together large assemblies.
Preheat workpieces to make them malleable, using hand torches or furnaces.
Install boilers, containers, and other structures.
Heat-treat parts, using acetylene torches.
Straighten warped or bent parts, using sledges, hand torches, straightening presses, or bulldozers.
Vernier height gauges
Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment
Transit levelsAll Tools
Tack welding equipment
Radial arm saws
Paint spray guns
Metal inert gas MIG welders
Metal cutting taps
Magnetic drill presses
Hand torch welders
End milling machines
Computerized numerical control CNC press brakes
Computerized numerical control CNC metal-cutting machines
Computer aided design and drafting CADD software
Dassault Systemes CATIA
Data entry software
Enterprise resource planning ERP software
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Building and Construction
Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Production and Processing
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.