Structural Steel Construction Workers assemble rigging gear to move and position equipment and structural components, erect scaffolding, position and secure steel reinforcing in concrete forms, and erect and dismantle structural steel frames.

    You can work as a Structural Steel Construction Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • erecting lifting tackles by attaching pulleys and blocks to fixed overhead structures, and installing cables and attaching counterweights
    • attaching slinging gear to hoisting equipment and objects to be moved using clamps, hooks, bolts and knots
    • fitting and bolting tubes, support braces and components to form bases and build up scaffolding
    • lifting and positioning sections of scaffolding
    • measuring, cutting, bending and fitting welded wire mesh into concrete areas to be mesh-reinforced
    • fixing mesh and reinforcing steel into position in formwork for concrete pours
    • setting up winches and rigging equipment to raise and position girders, plates, columns and other steel units
    • erecting guard rails, guy wires, ropes and clears, laying planks and hanging safety nets

    More about Structural Steel Construction Workers

    All Structural Steel Construction Workers

    All Structural Steel Construction Workers

    • $2,100 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment
    • 27,500 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 85% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 49 hours Average full-time
    • 35 years Average age
    • 1% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Structural Steel Construction Workers (in their main job) grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 27,500 in 2018 to 31,400 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 31,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 6,200 a year).

    • Size: This is a large occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
    • Location: Structural Steel Construction Workers work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Construction; Mining; and Manufacturing.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $2,100 per week (very high compared to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (85%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 49 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 35 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200820500
    200924700
    201017700
    201124700
    201223600
    201324700
    201425000
    201525700
    201621900
    201723200
    201827500
    202331400

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsStructural Steel Construction WorkersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings21001460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Construction75.6
    Mining6.4
    Manufacturing4.3
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2.8
    Other Industries10.9

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateStructural Steel Construction WorkersAll Jobs Average
    NSW26.731.6
    VIC18.725.6
    QLD24.120.0
    SA5.07.0
    WA21.610.8
    TAS0.92.0
    NT2.31.0
    ACT0.71.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketStructural Steel Construction WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.3-5.05.0
    20-2411.7-9.39.3
    25-3435.5-22.922.9
    35-4425.4-22.022.0
    45-5416.8-21.621.6
    55-595.2-9.09.0
    60-642.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over0.8-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationStructural Steel Construction WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree2.5-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV39.5-21.121.1
    Year 1221.6-18.118.1
    Year 118.6-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below24.0-12.512.5

    You can work as a Structural Steel Construction Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Membership with The Crane Industry Council of Australia, Steel Reinforcement Institute of Australia, Australian Steel Association may be useful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • construction induction card (white card)
    • working at heights ticket
    • elevated platform ticket
    • working in confined spaces ticket
    • high risk work licence
    • forklift licence
    • national police check
    • drug and alcohol test

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Metal and Engineering VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

    The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

    Employers look for Structural Steel Construction Workers who are motivated and hardworking.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Building and Construction

      88% Skill level

      Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

    2. Mechanical

      54% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    3. Mathematics

      53% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Customer and Personal Service

      47% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    5. Engineering and Technology

      44% Skill level

      The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2221.00 - Structural Iron and Steel Workers.

    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.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      100% Important

      How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

    2. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

      96% Important

      How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?

    3. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

      96% Important

      How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?

    4. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

      95% Important

      How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

    5. Exposed to High Places

      93% Important

      How often do you work in high places (e.g., on poles, scaffolding, catwalks, or ladders)?

    Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2221.00 - Structural Iron and Steel Workers.

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