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METAL WORKER, IN-DEPTH: I Get To Have The Pride Of Building Things For People & Have Them Enjoy It

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Phil goes in-depth with his story about being a metal worker and business owner. He talks about what he enjoys most about his work and what he finds most challenging. Phil also shares the key steps he took to get where he is today. Phil says good metal workers don't have a hard time finding work, but what is difficult is trying to find the time for a personal life.

Job Title: Owner
Employer: 522 Industries

Job Summary: Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other

Job Description

Assemblers and fabricators assemble both finished products and the parts that go into them. They use tools, machines, and their hands to make engines, computers, aircraft, toys, electronic devices, and more.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International (FMA).

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $50,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Outdoor, Home, Remote, Military, Hospital / Clinic
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Likes working with hands, Mathematical skills, Strength/stamina, Technical skills, Hand-eye coordination, Verbal communication skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Associate degree
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m='10900'>increased</span> <span m='11660'>the</span> <span m='11760'>quality</span> <span m='12200'>of</span> <span m='12280'>their</span> <span m='12450'>life</span> <span m='13150'>by</span> <span m='13350'>giving</span> <span m='13600'>them</span> <span m='13740'>something</span> <span m='14100'>beautiful</span> <span m='14600'>for</span> <span m='14900'>their</span> <span m='15670'>homes.</span> <span m='17530'>And</span> <span m='18770'>I</span> <span m='19100'>have</span> <span m='19260'>the</span> <span m='19750'>pride</span> <span m='20050'>of</span> <span m='21300'>building</span> <span m='21540'>things</span> <span m='21750'>for</span> <span m='21840'>people</span> <span m='22130'>and</span> <span m='22200'>having</span> <span m='22420'>them</span> <span m='22570'>enjoy</span> <span m='22640'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='23160'>Dealing</span> <span m='23430'>with</span> <span m='23570'>employees</span> <span m='24550'>and</span> <span m='24710'>people.</span> <span m='25900'>Customers</span> <span m='26380'>are</span> <span m='26450'>great,</span> <span m='26850'>but</span> <span m='28750'>interpersonal</span> <span m='29270'>communication</span> <span m='29980'>and</span> <span m='30280'>dealing</span> <span m='30630'>with</span> <span m='30840'>other</span> <span m='31030'>people</span> <span m='32390'>that</span> <span m='32540'>you</span> <span m='32630'>work</span> <span m='32920'>with</span> <span m='33110'>is</span> <span m='33270'>a</span> <span m='33380'>tough</span> <span m='33600'>thing.</span> </p><p><span m='33870'>The</span> <span m='34260'>key</span> <span m='34470'>decision</span> <span m='34630'>is</span> <span m='35180'>to</span> <span m='35440'>just</span> <span m='35670'>go</span> <span m='35790'>for</span> <span m='36020'>it,</span> <span m='37190'>just</span> <span m='37410'>to</span> <span m='37610'>make</span> <span m='37950'>things</span> <span m='38160'>happen.</span> <span m='39000'>Never</span> <span m='39300'>say</span> <span m='39490'>no.</span> <span m='40070'>Always</span> <span m='40280'>say</span> <span m='40460'>yes.</span> <span m='40830'>It's</span> <span m='41030'>like</span> <span m='42150'>whenever</span> <span m='42780'>somebody</span> <span m='43130'>asks</span> <span m='43370'>you if</span> <span m='43470'>you</span> <span m='43560'>could</span> <span m='43730'>do</span> <span m='43880'>something,</span> <span m='44330'>and</span> <span m='44550'>we</span> <span m='44700'>always</span> <span m='44880'>said,</span> <span m='45060'>yes.</span> <span m='45500'>And</span> <span m='45660'>if</span> <span m='45790'>we</span> <span m='45890'>didn't</span> <span m='46070'>know</span> <span m='46160'>how</span> <span m='46280'>to</span> <span m='46390'>do</span> <span m='46520'>it,</span> <span m='46690'>we</span> <span m='46790'>figured</span> <span m='46980'>it</span> <span m='47090'>out.</span> </p><p><span m='48815'>West</span> <span m='49100'>Oakland</span> <span m='49300'>is</span> <span m='49760'>particularly</span> <span m='51930'>different,</span> <span m='52420'>because</span> <span m='52710'>there's</span> <span m='53630'>an</span> <span m='53700'>entire</span> <span m='54020'>community</span> <span m='55230'>of</span> <span m='55450'>metal</span> <span m='55730'>workers.</span> <span m='56550'>There's</span> <span m='56750'>a</span> <span m='56810'>lot</span> <span m='56950'>of</span> <span m='57010'>people</span> <span m='57260'>that</span> <span m='57390'>have</span> <span m='57630'>shops</span> <span m='58020'>that</span> <span m='58180'>do</span> <span m='58290'>Burning</span> <span m='58660'>Man</span> <span m='59860'>sculptures</span> <span m='60530'>and</span> <span m='61150'>build</span> <span m='61610'>cars.</span> <span m='63420'>Employees</span> <span m='63860'>build</span> <span m='64330'>motorcycles</span> <span m='65099'>in</span> <span m='65200'>my</span> <span m='65340'>shop.</span> <span m='67020'>So</span> <span m='68200'>I</span> <span m='68250'>don't</span> <span m='68590'>think</span> <span m='68860'>for a</span> <span m='69100'>quality</span> <span m='70120'>metalworker,</span> <span m='70580'>there's</span> <span m='71740'>no</span> <span m='71950'>lack</span> <span m='72200'>of</span> <span m='72320'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='75345'>So,</span> <span m='76320'>yes</span> <span m='76640'>and</span> <span m='77440'>no.</span> <span m='77590'>It's</span> <span m='77740'>hard</span> <span m='78000'>to</span> <span m='78670'>find</span> <span m='79040'>the</span> <span m='79410'>customers,</span> <span m='79970'>if</span> <span m='80080'>you're</span> <span m='80280'>going</span> <span m='80550'>out</span> <span m='80700'>on</span> <span m='80810'>your</span> <span m='81000'>own.</span> <span m='81760'>But</span> <span m='82050'>if</span> <span m='82190'>you're</span> <span m='82380'>good</span> <span m='82580'>at</span> <span m='82650'>what</span> <span m='82830'>you</span> <span 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