Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters

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What do they do?

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

Also known as:

Fabricator, Fitter, Layout Man, Mill Beam Fitter, Ship Fitter, Steel Fabricator, Structural Fabricator, Structural Steel Fitter, Tack Welder, Weld Technician

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters is projected to Decline 16 percent from 2018 to 2028

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • -16.8%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #45 in job growth rate
  • 180

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #17 in net job growth

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Majors that prepare Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0%)
  • Master's degree (0.7%)
  • Bachelor's degree (5.1%)
  • Associate's degree (9.2%)
  • Some college, no degree (24.3%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (47.3%)
  • Less than high school diploma (13.3%)

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People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics - 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.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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People in this career often have talent in:

  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly.
  • Lift materials or workpieces using cranes or other lifting equipment.
  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements.
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
  • Operate welding equipment.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.3 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

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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