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Structural Steel and Welding Trades Worker ANZSCO

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Job Summary of this Unit Group:

Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers cut, shape, join and repair components of iron, steel and other metal structures, boilers, pressure vessels and pipes, ships and other vessels.


Requisite Education:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)


Whether the Education can be substituted with experience:

  • Yes, at least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification.
  • In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.


Detailed Tasks:

  • studying blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine job requirements
  • selecting, cleaning and preparing metal stock
  • cutting marked-out metal sections and shapes using hand tools, flame cutting torches and metal cutting machines
  • shaping and bending metal sections and pipes using hand and machine tools, and by heating and hammering
  • aligning parts to be joined using hand tools and measuring instruments
  • joining metal sections using various welding techniques, bolting and riveting
  • examining welds for width of bead, penetration and precision
  • finishing products by cleaning, polishing, filing and bathing in acidic solutions
  • cleaning and smoothing welds by filing, chiselling and grinding


322311 Metal Fabricator ANZSCO

Marks off and fabricates structural steel and other metal stock to make or repair metal products and structures such as boilers and pressure vessels.

Sheetmetal Fabricators are excluded from this occupation. Sheetmetal Fabricators are included in Unit Group 3222 Sheetmetal Workers, in Occupation 322211 Sheetmetal Worker.

Skill Level: 3

Skilled Occupations List: Long Term

Skills Assessment Authority: VETASSESS

Please see the link for the factsheet of this occupation.


  • Boilermaker-Welder


3223112 Pressure Welder ANZSCO

Assembles, welds and repairs pressure vessels and pipes to relevant standards.

Skill Level: 3

Skilled Occupations List: Long Term


3223113 Welder (First Class) (AUS) / Welder (NZ) ANZSCO

Fabricates and repairs metal products using various welding techniques.

Skill Level: 3

Skilled Occupations List: Long Term

Skills Assessment Authority: VETASSESS

Please see the link for the factsheet of this occupation.


  • Special Class Welder


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