Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Welder-Fabricator
  • Weld Technician
  • Weld Fitter
  • Tack Welder
  • Structural Steel Fitter
  • Structural Fitter
  • Structural and Ornamental Metalwork Steel Fabricator
  • Structural and Ornamental Metalwork Metal Fabricator
  • Steelworker
  • Steel Fabricator
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What They Do

  • Direct welders to build up low spots or short pieces with weld.
  • Install boilers, containers, and other structures.
  • Heat-treat parts, using acetylene torches.
  • Preheat workpieces to make them malleable, using hand torches or furnaces.
  • Smooth workpiece edges and fix taps, tubes, and valves.
  • Straighten warped or bent parts, using sledges, hand torches, straightening presses, or bulldozers.
  • Hammer, chip, and grind workpieces to cut, bend, and straighten metal.
  • Design and construct templates and fixtures, using hand tools.
  • Erect ladders and scaffolding to fit together large assemblies.
  • Locate and mark workpiece bending and cutting lines, allowing for stock thickness, machine and welding shrinkage, and other component specifications.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Working Conditions and Relationships in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.


In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $41,350 with most people making between $28,470 and $55,690


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 4,960 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 5,350 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 39 openings due to growth and about 81 replacement openings for approximately 120 total annual openings.

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