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Structural Iron & Steel Workers

Also called: Ironworker, Iron Worker, Fitter / Welder, Steel Fabricator

Where in the Air Force? In the Air Force: Structural Apprentice; Structural Helper; Structural Journeyman

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Read specifications or blueprints to determine the locations, quantities, or sizes of materials required.
  • Verify vertical and horizontal alignment of structural steel members, using plumb bobs, laser equipment, transits, or levels.
  • Connect columns, beams, and girders with bolts, following blueprints and instructions from supervisors.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction
  • mechanical
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Controlled Movement
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
Endurance
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
Physical Strength
  • lift, push, pull, or carry

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Initiative
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Project management software
  • Cost estimating software
  • Project scheduling software
Accounting software
  • Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal
Computer aided design CAD software

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
some college
usually needed

Get started on your career:

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$46,520
per year, on average
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