Fabricates, positions, aligns, and fits parts of structural metal products.
This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Construction pathway.
A person in this career:
- Verifies conformance of workpieces to specifications, using squares, rulers, and measuring tapes.
- Aligns and fits parts according to specifications, using jacks, turnbuckles, wedges, drift pins, pry bars, and hammers.
- Moves parts into position, manually or with hoists or cranes.
- Positions, aligns, fits, and welds parts to form complete units or subunits, following blueprints and layout specifications, and using jigs, welding torches, and hand tools.
- Studies engineering drawings and blueprints to determine materials requirements and task sequences.
- Sets up and operates fabricating machines, such as brakes, rolls, shears, flame cutters, grinders, and drill presses, to bend, cut, form, punch, drill, or otherwise form and assemble metal components.
- Tack-welds fitted parts together.
- Lays out and examines metal stock or workpieces to be processed to ensure that specifications are met.
- Lifts or moves materials and finished products, using large cranes.
- Removes high spots and cuts bevels, using hand files, portable grinders, and cutting torches.