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A "steel man" is a steel worker who helps put together the physical infrastructure of a steel-framed building. An apprenticeship is common and steel workers may also complete certifications in welding or rigging for this career, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The more training and experience you gain, the better the job and pay opportunities.
A steel worker participates in all aspects of the framing process, beginning with unloading steel beams and girders from trucks at a project site. For the next step, some workers use cranes to life steel components while others stand on the frame to guide them into position. After aligning each beam, the steel man welds or bolts the beams and girders together.
To succeed as a steel worker, you need a willingness and ability to work at high places as well as excellent physical strength and endurance. Steel workers often work full-time, including long days on some projects, the BLS reports. The risk of death or serious injury is above-average relative to other positions. The average annual salary for "structural iron and steel workers" was $51,590 as of May 2013, according to the BLS.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: How to Become a Structural Iron and Steel Worker
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: What Structural Iron and Steel Workers Do
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Structural Iron and Steel Workers: Work Environment
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013: Structural Iron and Steel Workers
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