Raises, places, and unites iron or steel girders, columns, and other structural members to form completed structures or structural frameworks. May erect metal storage tanks and assemble prefabricated metal buildings.
This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Construction pathway.
A person in this career:
- Reads specifications or blueprints to determine the locations, quantities, or sizes of materials required.
- Connects columns, beams, and girders with bolts, following blueprints and instructions from supervisors.
- Bolts aligned structural steel members in position for permanent riveting, bolting, or welding into place.
- Fastens structural steel members to hoist cables, using chains, cables, or rope.
- Hoists steel beams, girders, or columns into place, using cranes or signaling hoisting equipment operators to lift and position structural steel members.
- Verifies vertical and horizontal alignment of structural steel members, using plumb bobs, laser equipment, transits, or levels.
- Cuts, bends, or welds steel pieces, using metal shears, torches, or welding equipment.
- Erects metal or precast concrete components for structures, such as buildings, bridges, dams, towers, storage tanks, fences, or highway guard rails.
- Forces structural steel members into final positions, using turnbuckles, crowbars, jacks, or hand tools.
- Pulls, pushes, or pries structural steel members into approximate positions for bolting into place.
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