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Become A Structural Steel Fitter

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Working As A Structural Steel Fitter

  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $38,150

    Average Salary

What Does A Structural Steel Fitter Do At Volt Information Sciences

* include the following.
* Other duties may be assigned.
* Receives instructions, prints, sketches and work orders.
* Reads and interprets blueprints and plans the fitting operation.
* Directs and assists in handling and spreading of material, assembling material into required relationships according to detail drawings; handling and placing detail material in assembly, placing bolts, drift pins and other fastening deceives in proper locations.
* Lays out work lines or fits up jigs for positioning material when required; checks, squares, and scribes all detail connections.
* Responsible for work conforming to drawings and notes thereon.
* Cleans up material by grinding or chipping.
* Burns and tack welds for assembly purposes.
* Burns, copes and bevels and straightens material.
* Does minor layout.
* Spot paints for identification marks.
* Maintain clean and organized work area

What Does A Structural Steel Fitter Do At McDermott

* Maintain compliance with company policies, safety standards and housekeeping.
* Monitor project productivity and man hour data adjusting accordingly to meet progress and productivity targets for the project. (Productivity <1).
* Provide leadership, direction and make decision in pursuit of project goals and objectives.
* Responsible and accountable for the maintenance of fitting equipment and also budgetary management for assigned project or shop.
* Clearly delegate actions and responsibilities to subordinates, clearly defining deliverable requirements in terms of scope and schedule to the team.
* Responsible for ensuring that each employee is adequately trained and qualified to execute this work assignment competently and safely.
* Facilitate and maintain good inter-discipline communications and cohesion throughout the fitting department.
* Continually review and institute measures for improvement by modification to operating procedures / work instructions.
* Fully understand and proactively invoke the company HSE policy, philosophy and procedures.
* Liaise with piping engineer and shop planner to establish a pipe fabrication and erection plan.
* Maintain planned schedules and achieve productivity factor of <1.
* High standard of safe working practice, quality and productivity as well as compliance with code of business conduct

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How To Become A Structural Steel Fitter

A high school diploma or equivalent combined with technical and on-the-job training is typically required to become a welder, cutter, solderer, or brazer.

Education & Training

A high school diploma or equivalent combined with technical and on-the-job training is typically required to become a welder, cutter, solderer, or brazer. High school technical education courses and postsecondary institutions, such as vocational–technical institutes, community colleges, and private welding, soldering, and brazing schools offer formal technical training. In addition, the U.S. Armed Forces operate welding and soldering schools.

Courses in blueprint reading, shop mathematics, mechanical drawing, physics, chemistry, and metallurgy are helpful.

An understanding of electricity also is helpful, and knowledge of computers is gaining importance as welding, soldering, and brazing machine operators become more responsible for programming robots and other computer-controlled machines.

Although numerous employers are willing to hire inexperienced entry-level workers and train them on the job, many prefer to hire workers who have been through training or credentialing programs. Even entry-level workers with formal technical training still receive several months of on-the-job training.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Courses leading to certification are offered at many welding schools. For example, the American Welding Society offers the Certified Welder and Certified Welding Fabricator designations.

Some welding positions require general certification in welding or certification in specific skills, such as Certified Welding Inspector or Certified Robotic Arc Welding.

The Institute for Printed Circuits offers certification and training in soldering. In industries such as aerospace and defense, which need highly skilled workers, many employers require these certifications. Certification can show mastery of lead-free soldering techniques, which are important to many employers.

Some employers pay the cost of training and testing for employees.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers perform precision work, often with straight edges and minimal flaws. The ability to see details and characteristics of the joint and detect changes in molten metal flows requires good eyesight and attention to detail.

Manual dexterity. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers must have a steady hand to hold a torch in one place. Workers must also have good hand-eye coordination.

Physical stamina. The ability to endure long periods of standing or repetitious movements is important for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers.

Physical strength. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers must be in good physical condition. They often must lift heavy pieces of metal and move welding or cutting equipment, and sometimes bend, stoop, or reach while working.

Spatial-orientation skills. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers must be able to read, understand, and interpret two- and three-dimensional diagrams in order to fit metal products correctly.

Technical skills. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers must be able to operate manual or semiautomatic welding equipment to fuse metal segments.

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Structural Steel Fitter Demographics


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  • White

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Polish


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Top Skills for A Structural Steel Fitter


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Top Structural Steel Fitter Skills

  1. Layout Specifications
  2. Job Safety Analysis
  3. Steel Structures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Followed blueprints and layout specifications, and used jigs, welding torches, and hand tools.
  • Read, fit, erect, and build steel structures
  • Use of cutting torches grinders and basic hand tools.
  • Aligned parts, using jack, turnbuckles, wedges, drift pins, pry bars and hammer.
  • Worked as a structural fitter.

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