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Structural Metal Fabricators & Fitters

Also called: Fabricator; Fitter; Fitter, Welder; Ship Fitter

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy.

What they do:
Fabricate, position, align, and fit parts of structural metal products.
On the job, you would:
  • Verify conformance of workpieces to specifications, using squares, rulers, and measuring tapes.
  • Align and fit parts according to specifications, using jacks, turnbuckles, wedges, drift pins, pry bars, and hammers.
  • Move parts into position, manually or with hoists or cranes.


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


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down


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
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Computer aided design and drafting CADD software
Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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