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Career Details :: Metal Fabricators, Structural Metal Products
Fabricate and assemble structural metal products, such as frameworks or shells for machinery, ovens, tanks, and stacks, and metal parts for buildings and bridges, according to job order or blueprints.
A minimum of two to four years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
- Hammers, chips, and grinds workpiece to cut, bend, and straighten metal.
- Preheats workpieces to render them malleable, using hand torch or furnace.
- Develops layout and plans sequence of operations for fabricating and assembling structural metal products, applying trigonometry and knowledge of metal.
- Designs and constructs templates and fixtures, using hand tools.
- Positions, aligns, fits, and welds together parts, using jigs, welding torch, and hand tools.
- Sets up and operates machine tools associated with fabricating shops, such as radial drill, end mill, and edge planer.
- Verifies conformance of workpiece to specifications, using square, ruler, and measuring tape.
- 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.
- Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters
- Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
- Foundry Mold and Coremakers
- Precision Mold and Pattern Casters, except Nonferrous Metals
- Sheet Metal Workers
- Tool and Die Makers
General Work Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Controlling Machines and Processes
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
Frequent Work Context
- Consequence of Error
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls