Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters Job Description video

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Some manufacturing workers like their jobs super-sized. Structural metal fabricators and fitters construct enormous metal objects from tanks and water towers…to frames for buildings and bridges. Though the projects can be massive, the work is quite intricate. Following blueprints, fabricators make patterns and templates as guides. Fabricators use special machinery to cut the metal into the required pieces or plates. Other equipment is used to punch, roll or straighten the pieces before they are fastened together. These metal workers weld, bolt or rivet the units into full or subassemblies. Fabricators and fitters often work indoors in huge, noisy environments. Installation at outdoor construction sites may require work in extreme temperatures. Some jobs may also require being away from home for long periods of time. A high school diploma usually suffices to get a job as a helper, or to enter a training program or apprenticeship for this career. You need to be in good physical condition to handle the heavy lifting and climbing this career demands. Many tasks are performed high up on scaffolds or in cramped spaces. Fabricators and fitters need to be able to use their tools and machines steadily and surely at any height. This can be a dangerous work and protective gear is usually required. Metal is a versatile, durable material that can be bent and formed into just about any shape. Fabricators and fitters take pride in knowing what they create today will no doubt still be in use for generations.

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