Structural Iron & Steel Workers

Fitter, Iron Worker, Ironworker, Steel Worker

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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.
  • Connect columns, beams, and girders with bolts, following blueprints and instructions from supervisors.
  • Bolt aligned structural steel members in position for permanent riveting, bolting, or welding into place.


Engineering and Technology

  • building and construction
  • mechanical

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Safety and Government

  • public safety and security


  • management


Basic Skills

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • 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


Hand and Finger Use

  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady

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


  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath

Physical Strength

  • lift, push, pull, or carry


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
  • Self Control
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative
  • Concern for Others


You might use software like this on the job:

Project management software

  • Cost estimating software
  • Project scheduling software

Electronic mail software

  • Microsoft Outlook

Accounting software

  • Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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