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Structural Steel and Welding Trades Worker

Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers cut, shape, align, weld or join metal components using specialised tools, such us flame-cutting equipment. Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers work on boilers, pipes, and other iron and steel structures.

Duties and tasks

  • Detects faculty operation of equipment and reports it to supervisor
  • Finishes products by cleaning, polishing and adding a protective coating
  • Monitors the burning, fitting and welding to avoid problems such as warping or expansion of material
  • Operates manual and power welding equipment
  • Studies specifications and identifies the steps needed to complete a project, along with specific equipment and welding methods
  • Uses hand scrapers, power chippers or grinders to remove excess weld
  • Uses ladders and scaffolding when necessary

Skills required

  • A certificate from a trade school or college degree in welding
  • Complies with all safety procedures
  • Experience reading blueprints, drawings and specifications
  • Knowledge of design techniques and tools
  • Strong geometry skills

Working conditions

Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers often are exposed to hazards such as intense heat, toxic fumes and extremely hot materials. Workers must wear safety goggles, hoods, and shoes to prevent injuries. Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers spend a lot of time standing.

Professional associations / Industry information

Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council 

Manufacturing Skills Australia 

Master Builders Association 

Welding Technology Institute of Australia 

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