Metal Fabricator-Fitter
Introduction
Metal fabricators (fitters) make and repair metal parts used in the construction of buildings, bridges, tanks, towers, boilers, pressure vessels and other structures and products. They lay out, cut and fabricate structural steel, plate and miscellaneous ferrous and non-ferrous metals for use in a wide variety of manufacturing and construction industries. They also assemble and fit metal sections and plates together to form complete units or sub-units such as frames, plates, girders and chutes that are used later in the assembly process.
Essential Skills Requirements:
 
Safety-related Activities
Reading
Ability to read workplace safety materials, e.g. read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to understand the chemical composition of solvents and their possible hazards. (Complexity: 2)
Writing
Ability to write reports to describe events leading up to workplace accidents, e.g. write about injuries and events when completing reports for workers’ compensation boards. (Complexity: 2)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the safety of equipment and the severity of workplace hazards. (Complexity: 2)
 
Metal Fabrication
Reading
Ability to read short notes on drawings and labels, e.g. read comments on drawings to learn about design changes to products. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read a variety of instructions and procedures, e.g. read step-by-step instructions for the operation of equipment, such as drill presses. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read a variety of manuals and guides e.g. read procedure manuals and guides to learn how to install software programs, setup machinery and troubleshoot equipment faults. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to read trade magazines, brochures and website articles to learn about new products and stay up-to-date on new technology. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to locate information such as the positions of milling equipment components using simple assembly drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate the grade of metals and their alloys using colour code charts. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to use assembly drawings, e.g. scan assembly drawings to learn how to disassemble and assemble equipment. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate data, such as specifications, speeds, feed rates, metal classifications, identification numbers, times and material coefficients, in complex tables, e.g. scan specification tables to determine the material requirements for projects. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to use interpret and locate data in complex drawings, such as blueprints, e.g. scan complex scale drawings to determine the angle and position of boreholes. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate work projects by considering factors such as efficiencies, timelines, costs and the quality of work performed. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Programming and Systems Control
Ability to input data to operate numerically controlled equipment, such as lathes and cutting machines. (Complexity: 1)
Digital Technology - Computer Assisted Design
Ability to use computer-assisted design (CAD) software to access, modify and print technical drawings. (Complexity: 2)
 
General Administrative Duties
Reading
Ability to read short notes in logbooks and forms, e.g. read work orders to learn about delivery deadlines and special instructions. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read notices and bulletins, e.g. read notices from employers to learn about upcoming meetings and changes to operating procedures. (Complexity: 2)
Document Use
Ability to identify symbols, icons and signs, e.g. scan symbols on equipment to identify safety concerns, such as noise and electrical hazards. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read meters and digital readouts, e.g. read digital readouts on numerically controlled equipment to determine settings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to complete a variety of forms, e.g. enter data, such as dates, times, quantities and identification numbers, in job cards, work orders and defect reports. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to enter and locate data such as contact information, part numbers, descriptions, quantities and costs in work orders. (Complexity: 2)
Writing
Ability to write comments in forms, e.g. write comments in defect and non-conformity reports to describe defects and corrective actions taken. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write reminders and short notes to co-workers. (Complexity: 1)
Thinking
Ability to choose tools and work procedures for common tasks. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to evaluate the condition and performance of tools and equipment. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate the severity of equipment faults by considering factors such as readings, noise levels, pressures, temperatures and vibrations. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Listening
Ability to understand short spoken statements such as a simple instruction or question. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand moderately complex spoken statements such as instructions involving multiple steps. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Speaking
Ability to ask simple questions and explain simple thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate language. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to explain moderately complex thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate tone and language. (Complexity: 2)
 
Use of Mathematics
Whole Numbers
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers. (Complexity: 2)
Fractions
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions. (Complexity: 2)
Decimals
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Percents and Mixed Operations
Ability to use percent to locate numbers; add, subtract, multiply and divide signed numbers; complete mixed operations with whole numbers, fractions, percents and decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Data Analysis
Ability to calculate and use totals, sub-totals and basic summary measures like averages and rates; perform proportional calculations. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Basic Skills
Ability to analyze and draw lines and line segments; use coordinates to locate points in a plane; calculate angles; use concepts such as parallelism to solve problems. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Plane Figures
Ability to calculate perimeters, areas and circumferences; analyze angles and distances in triangles, rectangles and circles; analyze complex shapes into constituent plane figures. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Solids
Ability to calculate volumes of rectangular solids, cylinders and prisms; analyze complex volumes into constituent regular solids. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Advanced Tasks
Ability to analyze angles and distances in plane figures; calculate areas of other polygons; use theorem to solve problems; calculate areas and volumes of objects such as spheres, pyramids and cones. (Complexity: 2)
Measurement
Ability to measure things such as distances, weights, volumes, temperatures and angles; use and convert between Metric and Imperial measurement units. (Complexity: 2)
Algebra
Ability to construct and solve equations with one to three different variables and use common formulas. (Complexity: 2)
Trigonometry
Ability to use trigonometry to calculate angles, tapers and faces when machining complex parts. (Complexity: 2)