CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Structural Iron and Steel Workers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Structural Iron and Steel Workers
Summary Job Description Tasks
Raise, place, and unite iron or steel girders, columns, and other structural members to form completed structures or structural frameworks. May erect metal storage tanks and assemble prefabricated metal buildings. Read specifications and blueprints to determine the locations, quantities, and sizes of materials required.
Verify vertical and horizontal alignment of structural-steel members, using plumb bobs, laser equipment, transits, and/or levels.
Connect columns, beams, and girders with bolts, following blueprints and instructions from supervisors.
Hoist steel beams, girders, and columns into place, using cranes, or signal hoisting equipment operators to lift and position structural-steel members.
Bolt aligned structural-steel members in position for permanent riveting, bolting, or welding into place.
Ride on girders or other structural-steel members to position them, or use rope to guide them into position.
Fabricate metal parts such as steel frames, columns, beams, and girders, according to blueprints or instructions from supervisors.
Pull, push, or pry structural-steel members into approximate positions for bolting into place.
Cut, bend, and weld steel pieces, using metal shears, torches, and welding equipment.
Fasten structural-steel members to hoist cables, using chains, cables, or rope.
Assemble hoisting equipment and rigging, such as cables, pulleys, and hooks, to move heavy equipment and materials.
Force structural-steel members into final positions, using turnbuckles, crowbars, jacks, and hand tools.
Erect metal and precast concrete components for structures such as buildings, bridges, dams, towers, storage tanks, fences, and highway guard rails.
Unload and position prefabricated steel units for hoisting as needed.
Drive drift pins through rivet holes in order to align rivet holes in structural-steel members with corresponding holes in previously placed members.
Dismantle structures and equipment.
Insert sealing strips, wiring, insulating material, ladders, flanges, gauges, and valves, depending on types of structures being assembled.
Catch hot rivets in buckets, and insert rivets in holes, using tongs.
Place blocks under reinforcing bars used to reinforce floors.
Hold rivets while riveters use air-hammers to form heads on rivets.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Structural Iron and Steel Workers
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
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.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Structural Iron and Steel Workers
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Structural Iron and Steel Workers
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Gross Body Equilibrium The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
Dynamic Strength The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Glare Sensitivity The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Speed of Limb Movement The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Wrist-Finger Speed The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Structural Iron and Steel Workers
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Computer aided design CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
Cost estimating software Project management software
Inventory tracking software Inventory management software
Project scheduling software Project management software
Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal Accounting software
Adjustable widemouth pliers Adjustable widemouth pliers
Adjustable wrenches Adjustable wrenches
Air compressors Air compressors
Blow torches Blow torches
Bolt cutters Bolt cutters
Bull pins Form tools or toolbits
C clamps C clamps
Center punches Punches or nail sets or drifts
Chalk lines Chalk lines
Cold chisels Cold chisels
Combination squares Squares
Crowbars Pry bars
Cutoff saws Power saws
Drift pins Punches or nail sets or drifts
Ear plugs Ear plugs
Electric drills Power drills
Files Files
Fire extinguishers Fire extinguishers
Flat screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Forges Forging tooling
Grout mixers Plaster or mortar mixers
Hacksaws Saws
Hammers Hammers
Hard hats Hard hats
Hydraulic pumps Hydraulic pumps
Jacks Jacks
Ladders Ladders
Laser levels Levels
Life preservers Life vests or preservers
Notebook computers Notebook computers
Open end wrenches Open end wrenches
Personal computers Personal computers
Phillips head screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Pipe wrenches Pipe wrenches
Plumb bobs Plumb bobs
Pneumatic hammers Pneumatic hammer
Power grinders Power grinders
Power lifts Lifts
Protective coveralls Protective coveralls
Protective harnesses Safety harnesses or belts
Respirators Respirators
Rivet busters Rivet tools
Rivet guns Rivet tools
Rivet tongs Tongs
Robertson screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Rod ovens Welding tools
Rubber mallets Mallets
Safety belts Safety harnesses or belts
Safety boots Safety boots
Safety glasses Safety glasses
Safety gloves Protective gloves
Safety lanyards Fall protection lanyard
Scaffolding Scaffolding
Scribers Scribers
Side cutting pliers End cut pliers
Sledgehammers Hammers
Slings Slings
Socket wrench sets Socket sets
Spreader beams Below the hook device
Spud wrenches Specialty wrenches
Squares Squares
Staple guns Staple guns
Stressing jacks Jacks
Strikers Lighters
Swing stages Manlift or personnel lift
Tape measures Tape measures
Tin snips Tinners snips
Tongs Tongs
Torpedo levels Levels
Tuggers Hoists
Two way radios Two way radios
Utility knives Utility knives
Vise grip pliers Locking pliers
Welding gloves Protective gloves
Welding helmets Welding masks
Welding hoods Welding masks
Welding machines Welders
Welding tips Welding or cutting tips
Winches Winches
Wire brushes Wire brushes
Workshop cranes Workshop cranes
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Structural Iron and Steel Workers
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Structural Iron and Steel Workers
Alternate Job Title(s)
Awnings Mechanic
Billboard Erector
Billboard Installer
Billboard Mechanic
Bridge Ironworker
Bridge Maintainer
Building Construction Ironworker
Construction Ironworker
Fitter / Welder
Guard Rail Installer
Guzzler Builder
Iron Erector
Iron Guardrail Installer
Iron Setter
Iron Worker
Iron Worker Apprentice
Joist Setter
Layout Worker
Metal Buildings Assembler
Metal Tank Builder
Metal Tank Erector
Metal Trim Erector
Oil Field Rig Builder
Ornamental Iron Erector
Ornamental Iron Worker Apprentice
Ornamental Ironworker
Ornamental Metal Erector Apprentice
Ornamental Metal Worker
Playground Equipment Erector
Pre-Engineered Metal Building Ironworker
Precast Concrete Ironworker
Sheet Ironworker
Sign Board Erector
Sign Builder
Sign Erector
Sign Hanger
Sign Installer
Steel Construction Worker
Steel Erector
Steel Fabricator
Steel Fitter
Steel Hanger
Steel Layout Worker
Steel Rigger
Steel Worker
Structural Iron Erector
Structural Iron Worker Apprentice
Structural Ironworker
Structural Layout Worker
Structural Metal Worker
Structural Rigger
Structural Steel Erector
Structural Steel Fitter
Structural Steel Ironworker
Structural Steel Worker Apprentice
Structural Worker
Tank Setter
Tower Hand
Wind Turbine Erector
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Structural Iron and Steel Workers
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