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Career and Education Opportunities for Structural and Ornamental Metalwork Metal Fabricators in Huntington, West Virginia

There are many career and education opportunities for structural and ornamental metalwork metal fabricators in the Huntington, West Virginia area. About 490 people are currently employed as structural and ornamental metalwork metal fabricators in West Virginia. By 2016, this is expected to shrink by 3% to about 480 people employed. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for structural and ornamental metalwork metal fabricators are expected to shrink by about 0.4%. In general, structural and ornamental metalwork metal fabricators fabricate, lay out, and fit parts of structural metal products.

A person working as a structural and ornamental metalwork metal fabricator can expect to earn about $14 hourly or $29,670 annually on average in West Virginia and about $15 per hour or $32,400 yearly on average in the U.S. as a whole. Incomes for structural and ornamental metalwork metal fabricators are better than in the overall category of Assembling and Fabrication in West Virginia, and better than the overall Assembling and Fabrication category nationally.

There are two schools within twenty-five miles of Huntington where you can study to be a structural and ornamental metalwork metal fabricator, among seventeen schools of higher education total in the Huntington area. The most common level of education for structural and ornamental metalwork metal fabricators is a high school diploma or GED. You can expect to spend only a short time training to become 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 Huntington include:

  • Electromechanical Equipment Assembler. Assemble or modify electromechanical equipment or devices, such as servomechanisms, gyros, and appliances.
  • 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

Cabell County Career Technology Center - Huntington, WV

Cabell County Career Technology Center, 1035 Norway Ave, Huntington, WV 25705-2827. Cabell County Career Technology Center is a small school located in Huntington, West Virginia. It is a public school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 363 students. Cabell County Career Technology Center has a one to two year program in Machine Shop Technology/Assistant which graduated two students in 2008.

Ashland Community and Technical College - Ashland, KY

Ashland Community and Technical College, 1400 College Drive, Ashland, KY 41101-3683. Ashland Community and Technical College is a small college located in Ashland, Kentucky. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 4,550 students. Ashland Community and Technical College has a less than one year and a one to two year program in Machine Shop Technology/Assistant which graduated seventeen and ten students respectively in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Huntington, West Virginia

Huntington, West Virginia
Huntington, West Virginia photo by DelanoPatterson

Huntington is situated in Cabell County, West Virginia. It has a population of over 49,185, which has shrunk by 4.4% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Huntington, 84, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Huntington cost $195,100 on average, which is far greater than the state average. In 2008, sixteen new homes were built in Huntington, down from thirty-five the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Huntington are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is health care, educational services, and construction. The average travel time to work is about 18 minutes. More than 22.4% of Huntington residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 9.8%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Huntington is 7.7%, which is the same as West Virginia's average of 7.7%. About 24.7% of Huntington's residents are below the poverty line, which is worse than the state average.

The percentage of Huntington residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 42.7%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. Glorious Church of God in Christ, South Side United Methodist Church and Good Samaritan United Methodist Church are some of the churches located in Huntington. The largest religious groups are the American Baptist Churches in the USA, the United Methodist Church and the Catholic Church.

Huntington is home to the Northcott Hall and the Foster Memorial Home as well as Holderby Commons and United States Post Office and Courthouse Historic District. Shopping malls in the area include Westland Plaza Shopping Center, Fairfield Plaza Shopping Center and Huntington Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to Huntington can choose from Super 8, Cabell Huntington Hospital and Garden Park for temporary stays in the area.