Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers

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Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers cut, shape, join and repair metal components of iron and steel structures, boilers, pressure vessels and pipes, ships and other vessels.
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Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers
  • How many are employed in this occupation?
71,700
  • What are the average weekly earnings for full time workers ($ before tax)?
$1176
  • How does unemployment compare with other occupations?
Above average
  • What are the job prospects for this occupation?
Above average
  • What will be the likely future employment growth for the next five years?
Moderate growth

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Tasks

This occupation may include associated occupations with varying tasks

  • studying blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine job requirements
  • selecting, cleaning and preparing metal stock
  • cutting marked-out metal sections and shapes using hand tools, flame cutting torches and metal cutting machines
  • shaping and bending metal sections and pipes using hand and machine tools, and by heating and hammering
  • aligning parts to be joined using hand tools and measuring instruments
  • joining metal sections using various welding techniques, bolting and riveting
  • examining welds for width of bead, penetration and precision
  • finishing products by cleaning, polishing, filing and bathing in acidic solutions
  • cleaning and smoothing welds by filing, chiselling and grinding

Job Titles

  • Metal Fabricator
  • Pressure Welder
  • Welder-First Class

VET (Vocational Education And Training)

  • Certificate II in Construction Pathways
  • Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade

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