A Confident Foreman
Only a great structural steel fabricator’s shop will have a foreman that’s great at communication and extremely confident in his shop’s abilities. As the lead of every fabrication job, he guides his group of professionals offering tricks and tips of the trade so that even the least experienced personnel have the guidance they need.
Due to this ability, there are likely many companies that are dedicated to employing them, and are willing to spread the word of their business relationship. There are likely a mix of fabricators that have years of experience as well as those fresh out of college or with engineering degrees. It’s good to find structural steel fabricators that have both these types of experts on board.
Truly, the best foremen are those that have a nice balance of experience and education to ensure a smooth job from start to finish. Those that have worked their way to the top are the best in the business.
Tight Deadline? Only Hire Experienced Fabricators
Often times, if a company has a quick deadline they find themselves frantic to find the best structural steel fabricators. Beware of shops that take one lead fabricator and then assign him or her “random help.”
These jobs need to have experienced hands assigned more than any other. This is because for the job to go quickly, smoothly and accurately everyone should know what they are doing. Otherwise, the experienced individuals end up babysitting those who aren’t as knowledgeable.
Rather than chance missing a critical deadline, each task can be given to a different stringer to make all the correct elements for a nice fit.
Workplace and worker safety is the most important element to any job, however not all structural steel fabricators believe this. Every part of the process should be handled with care, especially when it comes to steel plates.
Mishaps occur when crucial steps aren’t followed, and injury can happen much easier. Ensure the crew to be hired is well trained in safety before considering them for the task at hand.
Learn About Processes
Certain processes must be followed in order to fabricate. Structural steel fabricators should be able to explain what they’ll do from start to finish to create the most stellar product possible for their clients. Avoiding unnecessary stress on the steel and maintaining structural integrity is more important than anything. Proper welding, careful measurement and pristine methods are necessary. While the hiring company may not know the specific processes, they should still be able to hear the basics about how parts will be fabricated and ensure they result in engineering’s approval.
Complete Drying of All Concrete
Unfortunately, many structural steel fabricators tend to rush jobs that should never be rushed. This in turn results in a lot of reworking and loss of precious time on a job.
It’s important that when they’re working with concrete they let it completely dry. They should also get precise field measurements, and then complete the structural work. One example is not creating the handrails before the concrete is even poured. This often results in wasted effort as much can happen between planning and construction.
Be Sure They Share Tools
Most don’t realize that slight differences in layout tools can result in problems with consistent and accurate structural steel components.
Inquire with structural steel fabricators to make sure they are using hand tools that are standardized to guarantee a uniform finished product.
These are just some of the little known things to consider when hiring structural steel fabricators, but they can make all the difference in the experience and the results of any build involving steel.