Structural metal fabricators and fitters cut, align, and fit together structural metal parts and may help weld or rivet the parts together.
A high school diploma or equivalent is usually necessary to obtain these positions. The job is generally learned through an on-the-job apprenticeship program that may last three to four years. Taking college courses in steel fabrication would make an individual more valuable.
Overall employment of assemblers and fabricators is projected to decline 11 percent from 2019 to 2029. Within the manufacturing sector, employment of assemblers and fabricators will be determined largely by the growth or decline in the production of certain manufactured goods. In general, overall employment of assemblers and fabricators is projected to decline because many manufacturing sectors are expected to become more efficient and able to produce more with fewer workers.
Most assemblers and fabricators work in manufacturing plants. Some of the work may involve long periods of standing or sitting. Most work full time, and they sometimes work evenings and weekends.