Fabricate, position, align, and fit parts of structural metal products.
- Direct welders to build up low spots or short pieces with weld.
- Install boilers, containers, and other structures.
- Heat-treat parts, using acetylene torches.
- Preheat workpieces to make them malleable, using hand torches or furnaces.
- Smooth workpiece edges and fix taps, tubes, and valves.
- Straighten warped or bent parts, using sledges, hand torches, straightening presses, or bulldozers.
- Hammer, chip, and grind workpieces to cut, bend, and straighten metal.
- Design and construct templates and fixtures, using hand tools.
- Erect ladders and scaffolding to fit together large assemblies.
- Locate and mark workpiece bending and cutting lines, allowing for stock thickness, machine and welding shrinkage, and other component specifications.
People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: I.
This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests.
People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Working Conditions and Relationships in their jobs.
- Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
- Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
- Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $43,250 with most people making between $24,940 and $65,190
During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 6,700 people in California. It is projected that there will be 7,600 employed in 2024.
This occupation will have about 90 openings due to growth and about 120 replacement openings for approximately 210 total annual openings.
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