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Structural steel and welding trades workers

Structural steel and welding trades workers cut, shape, join and repair metal components of iron and steel structures, boilers, pressure vessels and pipes, ships and other vessels.

What do structural steel and welding trades workers do?

  • study blueprints, drawings and specifications and select, clean and prepare metal stock
  • cut marked-out metal sections and shapes using hand tools, flame cutting torches and metal cutting machines
  • shape and bend metal sections and pipes using hand and machine tools, and by heating and hammering
  • align parts to be joined using hand tools and measuring instruments and join metal sections using various welding techniques, bolting and riveting
  • examine welds for width of bead, penetration and precision and clean and smooth welds by filing, chiselling and grinding
  • finish products by cleaning, polishing, filing and bathing in acidic solutions

Moderate

projected job openings

$52-$65k

qualified full-time wage

90%

employed full-time

Ways to get started

Ways to get started