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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.
Marks off and fabricates structural steel and other metal stock to make or repair metal products and structures such as boilers and pressure vessels.
Specialisations: Boilermaker-Welder, Brass Finisher, Metal Fabricator-Welder, Metal Template Maker, Structural Steel Trades Worker
Assembles, welds and repairs pressure vessels and pipes to relevant standards.
Fabricates and repairs metal products using various welding techniques.
Specialisations: Special Class Welder
Earnings are for full-time workers before tax, excluding superannuation. Earnings are a guide only and can vary greatly.
Likely change in the number of jobs over the next 5 years, based on the Department of Jobs and Small Business projections.
Skill Level is the education or training usually needed to do well in this job. Relevant experience is sometimes viewed just as highly.
Employment Size is the number of people who work in this job in Australia.
An above average unemployment rate shows people who do this job are more likely to be out of work than people who do other jobs.
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
This is a very large occupation employing 72,900 workers. The number of workers has fallen over the past 5 years. Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to fall to 69,700. Around 34,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.
A Certificate III/IV is usually needed to work in this job and three in five workers have this qualification. Training is most commonly through an apprenticeship which combines on-the-job training with the qualification.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job. The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.
It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.
Employers look for Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and who have good people skills.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Materials, methods, and the tools used to construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Skills can be improved through training or experience. The skills workers rate as most important are shown below.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Controlling equipment or systems.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
The physical and social abilities workers rate as the most important are shown below.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2011.00 - Boilermakers.
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.
Operate machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing mechanical machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.
The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?
How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?
How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?
How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?
How much time do you spend standing?
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants, animals, and materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.