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Occupational Report for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters (51-2041) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Fabricate, position, align, and fit parts of structural metal products. Shipfitters are included in "Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic" (51-4192).

Employment Outlook for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was somewhat larger than the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be somewhat higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at about the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist.

Data Sources and Limitations
Current Employment Department Job Openings for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters There are 10 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 10 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Commercial Fabricator/Welder 10/23/14 Medford $16.00/hr to $18.00/hr DOE, Neg.
Fabrication Welder 10/22/14 Astoria DOE
Welder 10/21/14 Eagle Creek $13.00/hr to $18.00/hr
Fabricator 10/16/14 Wilsonville $16.00/hr to $18.00/hr DOE
Welder/Fitter 9/25/14 Woodburn $10.00/hr to $13.50/hr DOE
Welder / Fabricator 9/22/14 Salem DOE
Welder/Fabricator 9/16/14 Longview $9.10/hr DOE
Welder / Fabricator 8/14/14 Donald $14.00/hr to $22.00/hr DOE
Fabricator (OJT) 7/16/14 Eugene $14.00/hr to $17.00/hr DOE
Lead Fabricator (Fabricator 4) 4/9/14 Gold Beach $17.22/hr DOE
Job Openings from the Web for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters There are no openings for this occupation.
State of Oregon License Information for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters No statewide license is required for this occupation.
Wages for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $13.57 $15.87 $18.83 $22.09 $25.43 $19.11 $39,757
Multnomah / Washington 14.99 17.06 20.05 22.91 27.11 20.22 42,057
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 13.73 15.83 18.17 21.19 23.29 18.57 38,633
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 14.41 16.45 19.13 21.69 23.25 19.21 39,953
Lane 12.40 15.07 18.25 21.71 23.96 18.51 38,497
Douglas 15.08 18.03 20.42 22.09 23.08 19.61 40,776
Jackson / Josephine 13.04 14.73 17.34 20.49 22.68 17.54 36,485
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 12.90 14.53 16.62 18.60 21.96 16.95 35,265
Clackamas 13.17 14.93 18.12 21.64 23.92 18.50 38,483
Data Sources and Limitations
Regional Employment Projections for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 1,617 1,901 284 17.6% 28 65 93
Multnomah / Washington 495 582 87 17.6% 9 20 29
Clackamas 287 347 60 20.9% 6 12 18
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 212 238 26 12.3% 3 8 11
Lane 114 135 21 18.4% 2 5 7
Jackson / Josephine 103 118 15 14.6% 2 4 6
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 86 102 16 18.6% 2 4 6
Douglas 41 55 14 34.1% 1 2 3
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 31 35 4 12.9% 0 1 1
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 22 26 4 18.2% 0 1 1
Coos / Curry 20 22 2 10.0% 0 1 1
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 16 20 4 25.0% 0 1 1
Morrow / Umatilla 8 9 1 12.5% 0 0 0
Klamath / Lake 6 7 1 16.7% 0 0 0
Baker / Union / Wallowa 4 5 1 25.0% 0 0 0
Grant / Harney / Malheur 3 4 1 33.3% 0 0 0

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
Data Sources and Limitations
Industries of Employment for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 1,617
Total All Industries Private 1,614
Construction Private 58
Construction of Buildings Private 13
Nonresidential Building Construction Private 13
Specialty Trade Contractors Private 45
Building Equipment Contractors Private 38
Manufacturing Private 1,494
Primary Metal Manufacturing Private 61
Foundries Private 61
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing Private 853
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing Private 621
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing Private 94
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing Private 34
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing Private 96
Machinery Manufacturing Private 357
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing Private 100
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing Private 89
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing Private 164
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing Private 16
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Private 192
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing Private 37
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing Private 14
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing Private 19
Ship and Boat Building Private 104
Wholesale Trade Private 17
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods Private 17
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Private 16
Other Services (except Government) Private 18
Repair and Maintenance Private 18
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance Private 17
Educational Requirements for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters The typical entry level education for this occupation is a high school diploma or equivalent. Those with a postsecondary non-degree award have a competitive advantage in the labor market. In addition, moderate-term on-the-job training is typically needed, once employed, to attain competency in the skills needed in this occupation.
Skills for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
  • Align Frame
  • Apply Independent Judgment In Assembly Procedures
  • Apply Machinist Practices
  • Apply Metal Forming And Shaping Techniques And Processes
  • Apply Quality Assurance Techniques
  • Apply Statistical Process Control (Spc)
  • Assemble Metal Components
  • Fabricate Beams
  • File Metal And Plastic
  • Fit Dowels
  • Hand Tap Metal, Wood Or Other Material
  • Identify Base Metals For Welding
  • Inspect Components During Manufacturing
  • Maintain Consistent Quality
  • Maintain Welding Machines And Equipment
  • Maneuver Heavy Objects
  • Operate Cranes, Hoists, Or Mechanical Booms
  • Operate Grinding Machines
  • Operate Machine Tools
  • Operate Precision Measuring Devices, Tools And Equipment
  • Operate Specialized Metal Shaping Machines
  • Operate Tube Or Conduit Bending Equipment
  • Perform Basic Assembly
  • Perform Combination Welding
  • Perform Repetitive Tasks In Assembly Setting
  • Read And Understand Operating Manuals
  • Read Blueprints And Technical Drawings
  • Read Production Layouts
  • Read Schematics And Specifications
  • Recognize Characteristics Of Metals Or Alloys
  • Sandblast Metal Parts And Objects
  • Set Up And Operate Drilling Machines
  • Set Up Specialized Machines For Metals Manufacturing
  • Smooth, Sharpen, Polish Or Grind Metal Objects
  • Solve Machine Tool Problems
  • Sort Raw Materials Used In Manufacturing
  • Sustain Output Levels Of Assembled Items
  • Understand Manufacturing Methods And Techniques
  • Use Acetylene Torch
  • Use Algebra
  • Use Geometry
  • Use Industrial X-Ray And Magnetic Inspection
  • Use Metal Forming Equipment Such As Shears, Brakes, And Roll
  • Use Metric System
  • Weld Metal Parts
Schools and Training Providers for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Chemeketa Community College
4000 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR 97305
Phone: (503) 399-5000
Programs of Training:
Mt Hood Community College
26000 SE Stark St
Gresham, OR 97030
Phone: (503) 491-6422
Programs of Training:
Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Avenue
Portland, OR 97219-7132
Phone: (503) 244-6111
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Chemeketa Community College
Clackamas Community College
Lane Community College
Rogue Community College
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters matches the occupation in the list. A score of 100% means the occupations have identical skill sets. A maximum of 10 occupations are displayed below.
Occupation Skill Overlap
Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers 54%
Metal Workers And Plastic Workers, All Other 49%
Tool And Die Makers 48%
Drilling And Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plas 47%
Patternmakers, Metal And Plastic 47%
Model Makers, Metal And Plastic 47%
Layout Workers, Metal And Plastic 46%
Machinists 44%
Timing Device Assemblers And Adjusters 42%
Milling And Planing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic 41%