Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
On the Job
Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters build and fit parts of structural metal products together.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements.
- Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
- Lift materials or workpieces using cranes or other lifting equipment.
- Operate cutting equipment.
- Operate grinding equipment.
- Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly.
- Assemble electromechanical or hydraulic systems.
- Assemble temporary equipment or structures.
- Construct patterns, templates, or other work aids.
- Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references.
Typical Working Conditions
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Exposure to sounds or noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
- The freedom to determine tasks, priorities, and goals.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Working indoors in non-environmentally controlled conditions.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Exposure to hazardous equipment.
- Working with a group or team.
This page includes information from the O*NET 24.2 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA.
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