Fitter I

Lay out and fit together fabricated parts of structural metal products.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$23,000 – $51,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Fitter Is do?

Lays out, positions, aligns, and fits together fabricated parts of structural metal products in shop, according to blueprint and layout specifications, preparatory to welding or riveting: Plans sequence of operation, applying knowledge of geometry, effects of heat, and allowances for weld shrinkage, machining, and thickness of metal. Sets up face block, jigs and fixtures. Locates and marks centerlines and reference points onto floor or face block and transposes them to workpiece, using tape, chains, plumb bob, and squares. Moves parts into position, manually or by hoist or crane. Aligns parts, using jack, turnbuckles, wedges, drift pins, pry bars, and hammer. Removes high spots and cuts bevels, using hand files, portable grinders, and cutting torch. Gives directions to WELDER, ARC to build up low spots or short pieces with weld. Straightens warped or bent parts, using sledge, hand torch, straightening press, or bulldozer. Positions or tightens braces, jacks, clamps, ropes, or bolt straps, or bolts parts in positions for welding or riveting. May use transit to locate reference points and erect ladders and scaffolding to fit together large assemblies. May tack weld and be designated Fitter-Tacker.

Should I be a Fitter I?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • How to become a Fitter I

    Most Fitter Is have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9qaaaa&chl=no+college+%2879%25%29|certificate+%2821%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,79,79
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