Structural Metal WorkerPrint
STRUCTURAL METAL WORKERS place and install iron and steel girders, columns, and other construction materials to form buildings, bridges, transmission towers, and other structures. They also position and secure steel bars or mesh in concrete forms in order to reinforce the concrete used in highways, buildings, bridges, tunnels, and other structures. In addition, they repair and renovate older buildings and structures, such as utility plants, automobile manufacturing plants, highways, and bridges. Structural metal workers make and install metal stairways, catwalks, window frames, floor gratings, and railings on buildings. Structural metal workers also erect metal tanks used to store water or other fluids and assemble prefabricated buildings.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $44,500 average per year ($21.50 per hour)
- A large occupation (157,600 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow slowly (0.6% per year)
Most employers recommend a 3- or 4-year apprenticeship as the best way to learn to be a STRUCTURAL METAL WORKER. Apprenticeships consist of on-the-job training and classroom instruction. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. A high school diploma or equivalent is preferred by employers and local apprenticeship committees. High school courses in general mathematics, mechanical drawing, and shop will be helpful. Some metal workers learn the trade informally on the job without completing an apprenticeship.