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When you cross a bridge, you probably don’t think about the workers who make sure it doesn’t collapse under the weight of the people and cars that pass over each day. The metalworkers who help build bridges come from many different careers and are responsible for constructing some of the strongest structures on the planet.
Metal Mentors is helping students discover the rich opportunities available in metalworking by highlighting the jobs that are necessary to produce items we all recognize. Check out some of the career possibilities below, and select your favorite for the chance to win a swag bag. You can also visit the AWS website to connect with educational, scholarship and career opportunities.
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Bridge Surveyor — Bridge surveyors work in both the shop and field to ensure all pieces are exactly measured and fit perfectly. They evaluate the pieces that are assembled and welded together before reaching the bridge location to make sure everything comes together on-site. AWS.
Structural Welder — Structural welders are some of the most experienced in the industry. Many pieces are welded before being transported to the construction site. Structural welders also complete final welds on the finished product and make repairs as needed. AWS.
Certified Welding Inspector — The CWI on a project is in charge of visual inspections to ensure that each welded joint is able to handle the high stress of vehicles. CWIs hold endorsements to show expertise in material and design, fabrication and inspections required for bridge construction. AWS.
Iron and Steel Worker — Ironworkers build the framework for bridges. This involves constructing and installing materials like columns and cables to support the structure. Ironworkers also conduct repairs to make sure older bridges continue to meet safety standards. AWS.
Stamping press operators run the machines that emboss and imprint designs, numbers and logos onto material. The job can include setting up, adjusting and operating multiple presses and equipment throughout the production process. Stamping press operators would be responsible for developing body panels and other structural components of a firetruck. Learn more.
The student team must thoroughly document the project build (see Contest Rules) with images, videos, plans, blueprints and/or bill of materials. ESAB will then post the six final projects online for the general public to vote to help us select two grand prize winners: one high school, one post-secondary school.
Each grand prize winning school will receive an equipment “make over” of their welding program. The welding instructor will work with their local ESAB sales representative to choose the specific ESAB equipment that best suits their school’s needs, for a total retail value not to exceed $20,000 per school. ESAB equipment may be across the following categories:
- Welding systems
- Manual or automated air plasma systems
- Crossbow cutting systems
- Oxy Fuel cutting outfits
- Filler Metals
- Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
In addition to a Sentinel welding helmet (a value of more than $300), students on the two grand prize winning teams will each receive a $250 cash prize.