A structural steel worker is a person who is responsible for building steel structures associated with the overall framework of a building. This position is one which is both mental and physical in nature. It can involve exposure to outdoor elements. The work will typically be done during weekday, daytime hours.
This person will work among a team of other structural steel workers. The worker may work for construction companies, equipment contractors, utility companies, or steel mills. A structural steel worker will generally need to attain a high school diploma, and some companies require a steel apprenticeship. Many companies will provide training on the job, which include courses in mechanical drawing, construction process, proper use of tools and equipment, and blueprint reading.
There will be a variety of responsibilities and duties associated with this position, all related to steelwork and the completion of a building’s framework. A structural steel worker should be able to build and install steel girders and columns, cut and position steel bars, repair various infrastructures, make and weld structural metal, connect steel columns and beams, drill holes into steel, unload and stack steel, bolt and weld steel pieces into place, ensure that each piece is properly fitted, read specifications and blueprints, verify proper alignment of structural steel, fabricate metal parts in accordance to blueprints, dismantle structures or equipment, and care for all equipment and tooling associated with their job. This job requires a person who can follow directions well and work with little supervision.