CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Fabricate, position, align, and fit parts of structural metal products. Position, align, fit, and weld parts to form complete units or subunits, following blueprints and layout specifications, and using jigs, welding torches, and hand tools.
 
Verify conformance of workpieces to specifications, using squares, rulers, and measuring tapes.
 
Tack-weld fitted parts together.
 
Lay out and examine metal stock or workpieces to be processed to ensure that specifications are met.
 
Align and fit parts according to specifications, using jacks, turnbuckles, wedges, drift pins, pry bars, and hammers.
 
Locate and mark workpiece bending and cutting lines, allowing for stock thickness, machine and welding shrinkage, and other component specifications.
 
Position or tighten braces, jacks, clamps, ropes, or bolt straps, or bolt parts in position for welding or riveting.
 
Study engineering drawings and blueprints to determine materials requirements and task sequences.
 
Move parts into position, manually or with hoists or cranes.
 
Set up and operate 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.
 
Hammer, chip, and grind workpieces to cut, bend, and straighten metal.
 
Smooth workpiece edges and fix taps, tubes, and valves.
 
Design and construct templates and fixtures, using hand tools.
 
Straighten warped or bent parts, using sledges, hand torches, straightening presses, or bulldozers.
 
Mark reference points onto floors or face blocks and transpose them to workpieces, using measuring devices, squares, chalk, and soapstone.
 
Set up face blocks, jigs, and fixtures.
 
Remove high spots and cut bevels, using hand files, portable grinders, and cutting torches.
 
Direct welders to build up low spots or short pieces with weld.
 
Lift or move materials and finished products, using large cranes.
 
Heat-treat parts, using acetylene torches.
 
Preheat workpieces to make them malleable, using hand torches or furnaces.
 
Install boilers, containers, and other structures.
 
Erect ladders and scaffolding to fit together large assemblies.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
 
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.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
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).
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Data entry software Data base user interface and query software
 
Enterprise resource planning ERP software Enterprise resource planning ERP software
 
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
 
Word processing software Word processing software
 
Adjustable wrenches Adjustable wrenches
 
Belt sanders Power sanders
 
Bench vises Bench vises
 
Beverly shears Shears
 
Brakes Workshop presses
 
Center punches Punches or nail sets or drifts
 
Claw hammers Hammers
 
Computerized numerical control CNC metal-cutting machines Milling cutters
 
Computerized numerical control CNC press brakes Workshop presses
 
Cutoff saws Power saws
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Dial indicators Gauges or inspection fixtures
 
Dividers Compasses
 
Drift pins Punches or nail sets or drifts
 
Drill presses Workshop presses
 
Edge planers Power planes
 
End milling machines Machine end mills
 
Flame cutters Plasma welding machinery
 
Forklifts Forklifts
 
Hand clamps Hand clamps
 
Hand files Files
 
Hand shears Shears
 
Hand torches Blow torches
 
Heating furnaces Induction heaters
 
Jacks Jacks
 
Ladders Ladders
 
Lathes Lathes
 
Layout squares Squares
 
Locking pliers Locking pliers
 
Measuring tapes Tape measures
 
Metal inert gas MIG welding equipment Metal inert gas MIG welding machinery
 
Micrometers Micrometers
 
Milling machines Milling machines
 
Overhead cranes Track cranes
 
Paint spray guns Paint sprayers
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Plasma cutters Plasma welding machinery
 
Positioning jigs Positioning jig
 
Power chippers Power chippers
 
Power grinders Power grinders
 
Power hacksaws Power saws
 
Power hoists Hoists
 
Protractors Protractors
 
Pry bars Pry bars
 
Punches Punches or nail sets or drifts
 
Radial arm saws Power saws
 
Radial drills Twist drills
 
Reamers Reamers
 
Rivet guns Rivet tools
 
Roll benders Tube bending machinery
 
Scaffolding Scaffolding
 
Scribers Scribers
 
Sine bars Gauges or inspection fixtures
 
Sledgehammers Hammers
 
Steel rules Rulers
 
Straight screwdrivers Screwdrivers
 
Straightening presses Workshop presses
 
Surface gauges Gauges or inspection fixtures
 
Tack welding equipment Welders
 
Taps Taps or dies
 
Tracked bulldozers Track bulldozers
 
Transit levels Level sensors or transmitters
 
Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment Tungsten inert gas TIG welding machinery
 
Turnbuckles Turnbuckles
 
Unishears Shears
 
Vernier height gauges Height gauges
 
Wedges Wedges
 
Welding torches Blow torches
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
On-the-Job Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
Related Work Experience None
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Cage Maker, Machine
Computer Numerical Control Programmer / Operator (CNC Programmer / Operator)
Fabricator
Fabricator Assembler Metal Products
Fitter
Fitter-Welder
Ground Support Equipment Assembler
Hand Former
Layout Man
Metal Box Maker
Metal Fabricator
Metal Fabricator Apprentice
Metal Framer
Mill Beam Fitter
Motorcycle Assembler
Motorcycle Fabricator
Motorcycle Maker
Ornamental Metal Worker
Ornamental Metal Worker Apprentice
Plate Shop Operator
Pneumatic Tool Operator
Precision Structural Metal Fitter
Protector Plate Attacher
Ship Fitter
Ship Propeller Finisher
Steelworker
Structural Steel Fitter
Structural and Ornamental Metalwork Metal Fabricator
Structural and Ornamental Metalwork Steel Fabricator
Tack Welder
Weld Technician
Welder
Welder-Fabricator
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
 
 
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