Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters

Job Description:

Fabricate, position, align, and fit parts of structural metal products.

Associated Tasks:

  • Verify conformance of workpieces to specifications, using squares, rulers, and measuring tapes.
  • Align and fit parts according to specifications, using jacks, turnbuckles, wedges, drift pins, pry bars, and hammers.
  • Move parts into position, manually or with hoists or cranes.
  • 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.
  • Study engineering drawings and blueprints to determine materials requirements and task sequences.
  • 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.
  • Lay out and examine metal stock or workpieces to be processed to ensure that specifications are met.
  • Tack-weld fitted parts together.
  • Lift or move materials and finished products, using large cranes.
  • Remove high spots and cut bevels, using hand files, portable grinders, and cutting torches.
Salary & Education

Entry Level Earnings: $12.00 and up
Median Hourly Earnings: $17.00 and up
Experienced Earnings: $21.43
Typical Entry Level Education: High school diploma

Job Projections
2017 Jobs 3,423
2022 Jobs 3,550
Average Annual Openings: 415 per year
Average Monthly Hires (2017): 121
Job Categories

Welding and Fabrication

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Hard Skills

Structural Steel          
Structural Drawing    

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