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Structural Metal and Platework Fabricators and Fitters
NOC: 7263
Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters fabricate, assemble, fit and install steel or other metal components for buildings, bridges, tanks, towers, boilers, pressure vessels and other similar structures and products. They are employed in structural steel, boiler and platework fabrication plants and by heavy machinery manufacturing and shipbuilding companies.
Essential Skill Level Required Example Task
Reading Text 1 to 3 Reads notes left by the shop foreman with orders for the day (1)
    Reads routine notes, memos and notices about safety practices (2)
    Reads operational manuals for the use of various tools in the shop (3)
Document Use 1 to 3, 5 Completes machine maintenance check lists (1)
    Reads work orders and lists to obtain information: ex. steel specifications (2)
    Obtains information from blueprint documents containing symbols, abbreviations and references to other documents (3)
    Interprets blueprints to determine how the steel should be cut and assembled by integrating plan views, elevations and sections drawings (5)
Writing 1 to 3 Writes notes on fabrication components for co-workers and other trades (1)
    Writes notes to supervisors to record production problems or recommending design adjustments for production components (2)
    Writes reports for accident or incident investigations (3)
*Numeracy 1 to 5 Take payment for a small job and provide change (1)
    Reads blueprints, calculate quantities, check inventory and order materials (2)
    Prepares a jig or pattern for making multiple items efficiently by calculating outside measurements (3)
    Uses Imperial and SI tapes on a continuous basis to measure for fabrication (4)
    Calculates dimensions for some element missing from the blueprints (5)
Oral Communication 1 to 2 Interacts with co-workers to clarify work orders from supervisor (1)
    Discusses work flow with co-workers on work processes or techniques (2)
Computer Use 1 Enters digital codes for Computer Numeric Control (CNC) press brakes (1)
Thinking Skills 1 to 3 Determines that a piece of metal is not suitable for the job and make arrangements for a replacement piece (1)
    Decides how to lay out material for cutting to produce the least waste (2)
    Uses their knowledge and past experience to develop a work plan (3)
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Thinking Skills - Finding Information Data currently being updated
Working with Others N/A Works independently to fabricate and fit metal structures following blueprint specifications and co-ordinate with others
Continuous Learning N/A Ongoing learning to acquire information about new products, metal fabrication procedures, properties and quality assurance standards
Other Aspects Trends May require a higher level of math for entry into the trade and more continuous learning activities while working
    Should be good at finding innovative solutions to problems
*Numeracy includes: Money Math, Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Math, Measurement and Calculation Math, and Numerical Estimation.
**Thinking Skills include: Problem Solving, Decision Making, Critical Thinking, Job Task Planning and Organizing, Significant Use of Memory, and Finding Information.
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Average Salary: 21.37
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To Be successful in this position, a person may need:
Literacy & Basic Skills, Grade 12, College/Apprenticeship
Source: HRSDC
Most Important Skills:
Document Use, Numeracy, Problem Solving
Source: HRSDC
Age Profiles

Age Bracket Age Profile
15 to 24 25
25 to 44 170
45 to 64 280
65 plus 10
Employment Trends

Employment opportunities are expected to be good over the next few years in Niagara through existing businesses for 2007-2009. Approximately 3/4 of the Niagara and Great Lakes related jobs are projected to arise in response to replacement needs, largely due to retirements, with the balance projected to arise through growth. Many employers are anticipating difficulty recruiting fitter/welder personnel.

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Top Occupational Areas

Sector Number Employed in Niagara Percentage
31-33 Manufacturing 410 86.32%
41 Wholesale trade 35 7.37%
23 Construction 20 4.21%
91 Public administration 10 2.11%
Source: Niagara Workforce Planning Board
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