Structural Metal and Platework Fabricators and Fitters

(NOC 7235)

in All Trades and Transportation

Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters build, assemble, fit, and install steel or other metal components for buildings, bridges, tanks, towers, boilers, pressure vessels and other similar structures and products. Metal fabricators make and repair metal parts used in the construction of bridges, buildings, and boilers. Marine service technicians are involved in the service and repair of marine vessels including structural, cosmetic, electrical, and mechanical work. They work for structural steel, boiler and platework fabrication plants and for heavy machinery manufacturing and shipbuilding companies.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate 205 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4385 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Structural Metal and Platework Fabricators and Fitters most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 56% of Structural Metal and Platework Fabricators and Fitters who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $69,223. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$18.53

Minimum

$28.00

Median

$34.84

Maximum

Annual Pay

$27,473

Minimum

$48,213

Median

$80,434

Maximum

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

Hourly Pay

$13.50

Minimum

$27.25

Median

$35.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,580

Minimum

$37,269

Median

$79,787

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters build, assemble, fit, and install steel or other metal components for buildings, bridges, tanks, towers, boilers, pressure vessels and other similar structures and products. Metal fabricators make and repair metal parts used in the construction of bridges, buildings, and boilers. Marine service technicians are involved in the service and repair of marine vessels including structural, cosmetic, electrical, and mechanical work. They work for structural steel, boiler and platework fabrication plants and for heavy machinery manufacturing and shipbuilding companies.

Job duties

Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters:

  • Study engineering drawings and blueprints to determine the materials required and plan the sequence of tasks to cut metal most efficiently.
  • Construct patterns and templates as guides for layouts.
  • Lay out reference points and patterns on heavy metal according to component specifications.
  • Rig, hoist and move materials to storage areas or within worksite.
  • Assemble and fit metal sections and plates to form complete units or subunits using tack welding, bolting, riveting or other methods.
  • Set up and operate various heavy-duty metal-working machines like brake presses, shears, cutting torches, grinders and drills, including computer numerical control (CNC) equipment, to bend, cut, form, punch, drill or otherwise form heavy-metal components.
  • Install components in final product.

Sample job titles

  • marine fitter
  • metal fabricator (fitter)
  • metal shipwright
  • plater-welder
  • platework fabricator and fitter
  • shipfitter
  • steel fabricator
  • structural metal fitter-assembler
  • structural metal worker

Skills

This work requires a good mechanical skills. You must be resourceful and able to make decisions. Good form perception, physical strength, coordination, and agility are important. Those interested in the structural metal fabricating trade should not have any fear of heights and should be able to move quickly.

Job requirements

  • High school is usually required.
  • A three- to four-year apprenticeship program or a combination of over four years of work experience in the trade and some college or industry courses in structural steel and platework fabrication is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • Trade certification for metal fabricator (fitter) is available, but voluntary, in Nova Scotia.
  • Trade certification for marine fitters is available, but voluntary, in Nova Scotia.
  • Red Seal Endorsement (RSE) is also available to qualified metal fabricators (fitters) upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Other considerations

The wage rate for apprentices is usually a percentage of the journeyperson rate, increasing upon completion of each stage of the apprenticeship program. Some structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters may also be certified as skilled welders. Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

280

employed in 2016

100.0%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

5.5%
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94.5%
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40.7

median age

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

57,925

employed in 2016

85.9%

employed full-time

11.8%

self employed

5.3%
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94.7%
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46.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

61.8%

Halifax

12.7%

North Shore

10.9%

Southern

9.1%

Annapolis Valley

5.5%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

59.6%

Manufacturing

17.3%

Public administration

5.8%

Construction

5.8%

Wholesale trade

3.8%

Other services (except public administration)

What is the age of Employment?

24.0%

55-64

22.0%

45-54

22.0%

25-34

22.0%

35-44

9.0%

15-24

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

24.4%

45-54

22.1%

55-64

17.7%

35-44

17.7%

25-34

10.9%

15-24

Top levels of education

35.7%

Apprenticeship

$68,692 median annual income
30.4%

College Diploma

$50,635 median annual income
19.6%

High school

$37,985 median annual income
12.5%

Less than high school

$37,632 median annual income
3.6%

Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.2%

Apprenticeship

$46,494 median annual income
25.5%

High school

$31,260 median annual income
22.3%

College Diploma

$42,050 median annual income
18.7%

Less than high school

$28,319 median annual income
2.8%

Bachelor

$30,527 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Siploma or Equivalent

High School Program

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Marine Maintenance/Fitter and Ship Repair Technician

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair outboard and inboard engines, test, maintain, and repair steering devices and electrical systems, repair hulls and vessel components, make and maintain sails, and repair and balance propellers and drive shafts.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

Halifax, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

Port Hawkesbury, NS

Apprenticeship Training

Halifax, NS

Metal Building Assembly

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to construct industrial, storage, and commercial metal structures using prefabricated framing and siding components. They include courses in sheet metal working, ironworking, assembly and fastening techniques, blueprint reading, site preparation, structural design principles, safety, and applicable codes and regulations.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

Sydney, NS

Apprenticeship Training

Halifax, NS

Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to apply technical knowledge and skills to form, shape, bend and fold extruded metals, including the creation of new products, using hand tools and machines such as cornice brakes, forming rolls, and squaring shears.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Apprenticeship Training

Halifax, NS

Welding Technology/Welder

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to apply technical knowledge and skills to join or cut metal surfaces. They include courses in arc welding, resistance welding, brazing and soldering, cutting, high-energy beam welding and cutting, solid state welding, ferrous and non-ferrous materials, oxidation-reduction reactions, welding metallurgy, welding processes and heat treating, structural design, safety, and applicable codes and standards.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

Yarmouth, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

Stellarton, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

Port Hawkesbury, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

Sydney, NS

Apprenticeship Training

Halifax, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Marine Fitter (INACTIVE)

Trade Inactive: This trade is currently inactive in Nova Scotia.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
1256 Barrington Street, 3rd Fl, Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
(800) 494-5651
Metal Fabricator (Fitter)

Certificate of Qualification (Voluntary): This job is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Employers may require certification, but a certificate is not needed to legally do this work.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
1256 Barrington Street, 3rd Fl, Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
(800) 494-5651

Contacts

Canada Marine Industries and Shipbuilding Association
Ottawa, ON