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Occupational Employment Statistics


51-2041 Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters

Fabricate, position, align, and fit parts of structural metal products. Shipfitters are included in “Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic” (51-4192).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southwest Minnesota 7013$21.55/hr$15.55/hr$19.21/hr$22.98/hr$24.76/hr$24.89/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities20$24.84/hr
Professional and Business Services20$19.51/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 30$24.86/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 40$19.58/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 60$25.61/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 70$24.13/hr-11.1%
Southeast Minnesota 70$20.14/hr-11.1%
Southwest Minnesota 70$22.98/hr-13.9%
Southwest Balance of State 70$23.46/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 90$24.32/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 90$24.71/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 120$25.05/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 130$19.51/hr-10.7%
Northwest Balance of State 130$19.51/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 260$24.71/hr-11.0%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 430$23.73/hr-10.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 590$23.90/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,030$23.81/hr-11.9%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change -
Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles 420$34.86/hrN/A
Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic 50$19.51/hr7.4%
Insulation Workers, Mechanical N/A$46.66/hrN/A

  • Set up and operate fabricating machines, such as brakes, rolls, shears, flame cutters, grinders, and drill presses, to bend, cut, form, punch, drill, or otherwise form and assemble metal components.
  • Direct welders to build up low spots or short pieces with weld.
  • Study engineering drawings and blueprints to determine materials requirements and task sequences.
  • Verify conformance of workpieces to specifications, using squares, rulers, and measuring tapes.
  • Set up face blocks, jigs, and fixtures.
  • Move parts into position, manually or with hoists or cranes.
  • Lay out and examine metal stock or workpieces to be processed to ensure that specifications are met.
  • Smooth workpiece edges and fix taps, tubes, and valves.
  • Remove high spots and cut bevels, using hand files, portable grinders, and cutting torches.
  • Tack-weld fitted parts together.