DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA
51-2041 Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
Occupational Description:Fabricate, position, align, and fit parts of structural metal products. Shipfitters are included in “Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic” (51-4192).
|Geography||Employment||Emp SE*||Mean||Mean SE*||10th||25th||Median||75th||90th|
|EDR 11 - 7 County Twin Cities||N/A||N/A||$20.64/hr||$1.09/hr||$13.02/hr||$16.20/hr||$19.85/hr||$24.27/hr||$30.86/hr|
|*SE = Standard error, a measure of the statistical reliability of the estimate.|
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|Employment||Median Wage||% Change -|
|Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers||3,060||$20.80/hr||N/A|
|Sheet Metal Workers||1,240||$39.52/hr||N/A|
|Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians||1,070||$30.24/hr||N/A|
|Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters||940||$18.61/hr||N/A|
|Tool and Die Makers||880||$26.32/hr||N/A|
|Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic||290||$19.64/hr||N/A|
|Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic||170||$13.10/hr||N/A|
|Foundry Mold and Coremakers||N/A||$18.11/hr||N/A|
Tasks for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
- Removes high spots and cuts bevels, using hand files, portable grinders, and cutting torch.
- Examines blueprints and plans sequence of operation, applying knowledge of geometry, effects of heat, weld shrinkage, machining, and metal thickness.
- Marks reference points onto floor or face block and transposes them to workpiece, using measuring devices, squares, chalk, and soapstone.
- Positions or tightens braces, jacks, clamps, ropes, or bolt straps, or bolts parts in positions for welding or riveting.
- Tack welds fitted parts together.
- Moves parts into position, manually or by hoist or crane.
- Develops layout and plans sequence of operations for fabricating and assembling structural metal products, applying trigonometry and knowledge of metal.
- Locates and marks bending and cutting lines onto workpiece, allowing for stock thickness and machine and welding shrinkage,
- Sets up and operates fabricating machines, such as brakes, rolls, shears, flame cutters, and drill presses.
- Verifies conformance of workpiece to specifications, using square, ruler, and measuring tape.
- Designs and constructs templates and fixtures, using hand tools.
- Sets up and operates machine tools associated with fabricating shops, such as radial drill, end mill, and edge planer.
- Preheats workpieces to render them malleable, using hand torch or furnace.
- Positions, aligns, fits, and welds together parts, using jigs, welding torch, and hand tools.
- Hammers, chips, and grinds workpiece to cut, bend, and straighten metal.
- Aligns parts, using jack, turnbuckles, wedges, drift pins, pry bars, and hammer.
- Sets up face block, jigs and fixtures.
- Locates reference points, using transit, and erects ladders and scaffolding to fit together large assemblies.
- Heattreats parts with acetylene torch.
- Straightens warped or bent parts, using sledge, hand torch, straightening press, or bulldozer.
- Gives directions to welder to build up low spots or short pieces with weld.