Working with structures and structural steel requires specialised knowledge and expertise. From high rise buildings, modernised structures, including bridges and oil structures, we see the importance and the wonders of structural steel fabrication all over. Cutting, shaping, and essentially modifying steel effectively, require more than head-knowledge and technology – it calls for experience! Veterans usually develop and polish these skills, best, on the job.
Structural steel products can refer to a variety of items, from beams and columns used for steel-framed warehousing, to clip angles, base plates and other framing accessories, to angle bracings, ornamental fabrications and much more. One must therefore keep an open mind and remain adaptive to ensure your client or project specifications are met with precision.
Evaluation of quality in terms of raw material, parts and end-products, is another important skill required when dealing with structural steel. During the fabrication process one must confirm details such as location of holes, as work points are an integral part between the framing accessories and surface of the main structure. Any mistakes at this stage would lead to problems during “field erection” of the structure, frames and so on. A quality check is also important before welding. It is important to check holes and framing accessories after tack welding to avoid having to remove solid welds, should something be out of place.
To briefly expound on tack welding, it is an easy joining method for most structural steel projects and fabricators should certainly understand this basic process. One easy way of doing it involves turning the welding machine heat up, to prevent slag and to ensure penetration with gas metal arc tack welds. The first tack weld will be small and the next one bigger, followed by a solid weld. This will help keep the tack welds from popping loose.
It can take a fabricator up to 35 years to master the trade of structural steel fabrication and impart it to the next generation of fabricators. Indeed, there are a host of applications from small scale household projects such as gate installations to manufacturing of large factories or workspaces. As a result, teachers and “gurus” in the field are few and far in between. With these skills mastered, a fabricator should be able to expertly deliver when it comes to structural steel fabrication and related tasks.
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