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Construction Metal Work

Cutting, assembling, and repairing steel structures from buildings and bridges to construction equipment, using a wide range of metals.

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Why is this skill important?

Construction metal work involves the skills required to mark out, cut and assemble, repair and maintain steel structures and substructures. A construction metalworker must have a good knowledge of mathematical calculations and geometrical techniques, and be able to interpret engineering drawings to lay out, cut, shape, and accurately assemble sheet/plate into structures. They must be able to fabricate small to large structures and check them for correct dimensions, square, parallel, and flatness.

A construction metalworker uses a range of cutting and shaping tools and equipment to prepare sections for assembly and a variety of standard welding processes to assemble and join these materials.

Construction metal work serves industries that include dairy, pharmaceutical and chemical industries, and civil engineering projects that may involve steel structures for buildings, bridges or lifting equipment.

Could this skill be for you?

If you like:

  • Making things
  • Craftsmanship
  • Using tools

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The Challenge

Important elements of the challenge include:

  • Competitors will be tasked with interpreting engineering drawings.

  • Next, competitors will mark out, cut and assemble a simple steel structure as laid out in the blueprint.

  • Judges will be critiquing Competitors on their welding and joining techniques.

  • The finished structure should be assembled to a high standard with accurate dimensions.

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Medal Result Competitor Country/region
Gold 746 SEONGYONG CHO Korea
Silver 725 Franz Kalss Austria
Silver 724 Michael Ferraz Brazil
Medallion for Excellence 717 Tao Bian China
Medallion for Excellence 709 Naoto Enshu Japan
Medallion for Excellence 702 Aaron Ronan Ireland
Medallion for Excellence 700 Brett Mcpaul Australia
Medallion for Excellence 700 GUAN-YU CHEN Chinese Taipei
699 Michael Graf Switzerland
680 Macaulay Reavill United Kingdom
678 Maxime BESNARD France
672 Juho Nissinen Finland
659 Salavat Zamaliev Russia

How to compete

To reach the level of skills required to compete in a WorldSkills Competition takes several years of training and dedication. But the best time to start is now.

Find out more about how to take part in a WorldSkills Competition.