Structural Steel Erectors erect and dismantle structural steel frames of buildings and other structures.

    You can work as a Structural Steel Erector without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in steel framing or rigging might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Erects lifting tackles by attaching pulleys and blocks to fixed overhead structures, and installs cables and attaches counterweights.
    • Attaches slinging gear to hoist equipment and objects to be moved using clamps, hooks, bolts and knots.
    • Fits and bolts tubes, support braces and components to form bases and build up scaffolding.
    • Lifts and positions sections of scaffolding.
    • Measures, cuts, bends and fits welded wire mesh into concrete areas to be mesh-reinforced.
    • Fixes mesh and reinforced steel into position in formwork for concrete pours.
    • Sets up winches and rigging equipment to raise and position girders, plates, columns and other steel units.
    • Erects guard rails, guy wires, ropes and clears, lays planks and hangs safety nets.

    More about Structural Steel Construction Workers

    All Structural Steel Construction Workers

    • $2,100 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Structural Steel Erectors

    • 360 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 90% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 45 hours Average full-time
    • 39 years Average age
    • 1% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Structural Steel Erectors (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 350 in 2011 to 360 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Structural Steel Erectors work in many parts of Australia. South Australia has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Construction; Transport, Postal and Warehousing; and Manufacturing.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (90%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    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)
    Construction77.8
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing9.0
    Manufacturing8.7
    Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1.8
    Other Industries2.7

    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 ErectorsAll Jobs Average
    NSW32.531.6
    VIC22.425.6
    QLD17.220.0
    SA14.77.0
    WA9.510.8
    TAS0.92.0
    NT1.71.0
    ACT1.11.9

    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 ErectorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.8-5.05.0
    20-2411.3-9.39.3
    25-3424.0-22.922.9
    35-4421.8-22.022.0
    45-5423.2-21.621.6
    55-5911.3-9.09.0
    60-643.0-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.5-4.24.2

    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 ErectorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree0.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV39.5-21.121.1
    Year 1214.7-18.118.1
    Year 1111.8-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below30.1-12.512.5

    You can work as a Structural Steel Erector without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in steel framing or rigging might be helpful.

    Membership with Australian Steel Association may be useful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • dogger licence
    • boom lift ticket
    • vehicle loading crane licence
    • construction induction card (white card)
    • elevated platform ticket
    • high risk work licence
    • forklift licence

    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.

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    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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    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)?

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    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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