Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter Salary
Job Description for Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter
Structural metal fabricators/fitters are responsible for fabricating and fitting metal structures for their company. They are in charge of create metal pieces to complete projects and ensuring that are correctly positioned and meet the project's needed. Structural metal fabricators/fitters study and analyze engineering drawing before the fabrication process, as well as use a personal computer to create molds and designs before the metal is molded into specific shapes. They take part into the fitting process and assess safety after the metal structures have been put into place. In all tasks, structural metal fabricators/fitters must follow strict safety regulations to prevent accidents.Read More...
Structural metal fabricators/fitters also examine metal components and stock to determine project compatibility, conducting measurements using hand tools, and participating in the equipment maintenance process by cleaning up machinery after use. Additionally, they operate fabricating machines and move parts into position following layout specifications using their hands, welding torches, and other specialized tools. They analyze proposed material list to make changes before ordering supplies. Generally, structural metal fabricators/fitters report their progress to the structural manager or supervisor in their department.
Previous experience fabricating metal pieces - and as a fitter - are required for this position. Structural metal fabricators/fitters should pay strong attention to detail, be problem solvers, and work well with other fabricators/fitters in a team environment to achieve all company objective in a timely manner.
Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter Tasks
- Position, align, and assemble fabricate parts for assembly.
- Maintain equipment, tools, and workspace.
- Install or load final products.
- Grind and finish pieces and products.
- Read and interpret blueprints, templates, schematics, and other drawings to correctly lay out pieces.
Common Career Paths for Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter
It's not very common for Structural Metal Fabricators to move on to become Certified Welding Inspectors. Average pay for a Certified Welding Inspector is $59K annually. Structural Metal Fabricators most often advance into Welder and Fabricator positions even though the median salaries are $3K lower and $7K lower, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter
Survey results suggest that Structural Metal Fabricators put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, Manufacturing Fabrication, Welding, and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is above average. Machine Operation, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Most people familiar with Blueprints also know Welding and Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW).
Pay by Experience Level for Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Structural Metal Fabricators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $37K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Structural Metal Fabricators make a median salary of $44K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Structural Metal Fabricators with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $48K.
Pay Difference by Location
Home to some of the best pay for Structural Metal Fabricators, Buffalo offers exceptional salaries, 29 percent above the national average. Structural Metal Fabricators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+21 percent), Mobile (+19 percent), Houston (+14 percent), and Birmingham (+14 percent). Structural Metal Fabricators in Little Rock make 29 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Diego (11 percent lower) and Pittsburgh (8 percent lower).
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