Structural Metal Fabricators & Fitters

Fabricator, Fitter, Layout Man, Ship Fitter

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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 Hot Technology

Computer aided design CAD software

  • Dassault Systemes CATIA
  • Tekla software

Electronic mail software

  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology


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

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