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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


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