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Career and Education Opportunities for Structural and Ornamental Metalwork Metal Fabricators in Vancouver, Washington

Structural and ornamental metalwork metal fabricators can find many career and educational opportunities in the Vancouver, Washington area. About 2,940 people are currently employed as structural and ornamental metalwork metal fabricators in Washington. By 2016, this is expected to grow by 13% to 3,310 people employed. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for structural and ornamental metalwork metal fabricators are expected to shrink by about 0.4%. Structural and ornamental metalwork metal fabricators generally fabricate, lay out, and fit parts of structural metal products.

The income of a structural and ornamental metalwork metal fabricator is about $17 per hour or $35,480 yearly on average in Washington. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $15 hourly or $32,400 yearly on average. Incomes for structural and ornamental metalwork metal fabricators are better than in the overall category of Assembling and Fabrication in Washington, and better than the overall Assembling and Fabrication category nationally.

There are forty-eight schools of higher education in the Vancouver area, including two within twenty-five miles of Vancouver where you can get a degree to start your career as a structural and ornamental metalwork metal fabricator. Given that the most common education level for structural and ornamental metalwork metal fabricators is a high school diploma or GED, it will take only a short time to learn to be a structural and ornamental metalwork metal fabricator if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Structural and Ornamental Metalwork Metal Fabricator

Structural and Ornamental Metalwork Metal Fabricator video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, structural and ornamental metalwork metal fabricators fabricate, lay out, and fit parts of structural metal products.

Structural and ornamental metalwork metal fabricators position and weld components to fashion complete units or subunits, following blueprints and layout specifications, and using jigs, welding torches, and hand tools. They also move components into position, manually or with hoists or cranes. Equally important, structural and ornamental metalwork metal fabricators have to lay out and examine metal stock or workpieces to be processed to insure that specifications are met. They are often called upon to verify conformance of workpieces to given requirements, using squares, rulers, and measuring tapes. They are expected to tack-weld fitted components together. Finally, structural and ornamental metalwork metal fabricators smooth workpiece edges and fix taps, tubes, and valves.

Every day, structural and ornamental metalwork metal fabricators are expected to be able to visualize how things come together and can be organized. They need to see details at a very fine level of focus. It is also important that they maintain precise control of objects and devices through a range of movements.

It is important for structural and ornamental metalwork metal fabricators to straighten warped or bent components, using sledges or bulldozers. They are often called upon to direct welders to build up low spots or short pieces with weld. They also align and fit components according to given requirements, using jacks, turnbuckles, wedges, drift pins, pry bars, and hammers. They are sometimes expected to layout and construct templates and fixtures, using hand tools. Somewhat less frequently, structural and ornamental metalwork metal fabricators are also expected to heat-treat components, using acetylene torches.

Structural and ornamental metalwork metal fabricators sometimes are asked to hammer and grind workpieces to cut and straighten metal. And finally, they sometimes have to verify conformance of workpieces to given requirements, using squares, rulers, and measuring tapes.

Like many other jobs, structural and ornamental metalwork metal fabricators must be thorough and dependable and be reliable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Vancouver include:

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  • Welder. Use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Structural and Ornamental Metalwork Metal Fabricator Training

Mt Hood Community College - Gresham, OR

Mt Hood Community College, 26000 SE Stark St, Gresham, OR 97030. Mt Hood Community College is a medium sized college located in Gresham, Oregon. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 7,251 students. Mt Hood Community College has an associate's degree program in Machine Shop Technology/Assistant.

Portland Community College - Portland, OR

Portland Community College, 12000 SW 49th Avenue, Portland, OR 97219-7132. Portland Community College is a large college located in Portland, Oregon. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 26,657 students. Portland Community College has a less than one year program in Machine Shop Technology/Assistant.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Vancouver, Washington

Vancouver, Washington
Vancouver, Washington photo by Matthiasb

Vancouver is located in Clark County, Washington. It has a population of over 163,186, which has grown by 13.7% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Vancouver, 98, is near the national average. New single-family homes in Vancouver are priced at $95,700 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, two hundred eighty new homes were built in Vancouver, down from four hundred twenty the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Vancouver are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, computer and electronic products, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 23 minutes. More than 21.7% of Vancouver residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.4%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Vancouver is 7.8%, which is less than Washington's average of 8.7%.

The percentage of Vancouver residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 27.9%, is less than both the national and state average. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Vancouver is home to the Vancouver Square and the Vancouver Plaza as well as Leverich Park and Wintler Park. Shopping malls in the area include Arbours Shopping Center, Millport Shopping Center and Vancouver Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Vancouver can choose from Comfort Suites Vancouver, Homewood Suites Portland-Vancouver and Best Western Hotel and Suites Vacouver Mall Dr for temporary stays in the area.