A steelman fabricator, also called a steel fabricator or welder, uses special tools and high temperatures to permanently join separate pieces of steel in order to construct objects automobiles, bridges and buildings. In 2008, approximately 20 per cent of these professionals belonged to trade unions.
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Throughout the course of construction, a steelman fabricator uses any of more than one hundred processes involving heat and a rod to join and bond separate pieces of metal together.
A steelman fabricator may raise columns, place girders or otherwise assemble prefabricated pieces of steel based upon the specifications of a blueprint.
Steelman fabricators are exposed to hazardous conditions, such as intense heat, throughout the course of their duties. As a result, these individuals are required by law to wear protective gear at all times.
To become a steelman fabricator, a candidate must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent. Additionally, vocational training from a junior college or proprietary school must be obtained.
The average annual salary of steel fabricators working in the United States was £24,050 as of January 2010, according to a salary survey issued by Indeed.com.
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