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C51 – Structural Steel Contractor

A structural steel contractor fabricates and erects structural steel shapes and plates, of any profile, perimeter or cross-section, that are or may be used as structural members for buildings and structures, including the riveting, welding, rigging and metal roofing systems necessary to perform this work.

Authority cited: Sections 7008 and 7059, Reference: Sections 7058 and 7059 (Business and Professions Code)

Content of the Examination

The Structural Steel (C-51) Examination is divided into four major sections. These sections are:

1. Job Planning and Preparations (30%)

  • Plans and specifications
  • Shop drawings
  • Material calculations

2. Equipment Operations, Maintenance and Safety (20%)

  • Tools
  • Machinery
  • Equipment

3. Shop Fabrication (22%)

  • Cutting, Punching, and Forming
  • Smoothing and Priming Metals
  • Welds and Welding Processes
  • Shop Management

4. Field Erection (28%)

  • Field Verifications and Lay Outs
  • Rigging, Placements, and Aligning
  • Bolt and Weld Connections
  • Field Safety (Cal/OSHA)
  • Metal Roofing, Siding, and Decking

*Percentages are approximate*


Test Site Policy
This is a closed-book examination. No reference materials may be used during the examination. All materials brought to the examination site must be left in an unmonitored area at your own risk.

Test Strategy
This is a multiple choice examination with four choices per question. Some questions require mathematical computation. Examination questions are written to provide only one BEST answer and are NOT written as trick questions.

All correct answers have equal value and there are no score reductions for wrong answers. Therefore, all examination questions should be answered.

Ample time is provided to answer all examination questions, so be sure to read each question and its four choices completely and carefully before selecting the BEST possible answer to the question.


Sample Questions

The following questions are typical of the types of items that are on the examination. The correct answer is highlighted.

1. Which of the following resources would provide the specifications for tightening connection bolts?

  1. CBC
  2. AISC
  3. AWS
  4. Blueprints

2. Which of the following grades would be a high strength anchor bolt?

  1. A36
  2. A307
  3. A490
  4. A425

3. Who usually prepares the shop drawings?

  1. fabricator
  2. general contractor
  3. architect
  4. engineer

*All questions are written and reviewed by licensed contractors who are actively working in the field*

Resources
California Building Code.
International Code Council,
5360 Workman Mill Road,
Whittier, CA 90601-2298.
(800) 284-4406 or (562) 699-0541.
FAX: (562) 692-3853.
INTERNET: www.iccsafe.org

Cal/OSHA State of California Construction Safety Orders.
California Code of Regulations, Title 8,
Industrial Relations, Chapter 4, Subchapter 4,
Barclays Law Publishers,
P.O. Box 95767,
Chicago, IL 60694.
(800) 888-3600
FAX: (415) 732-8875.
OR
Building News, Inc.
1612 S. Clementine Street,
Anaheim, CA 92802.
(800) 873-6397
FAX: (714) 535-8078.
INTERNET: ccr.oal.ca.gov or www.bnibooks.com

Manual of Steel Construction.
American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC),
One East Wacker Drive, Suite 3100,
Chicago, IL 60601-2001.
(800) 644-2400
FAX: (847) 364-1268.
INTERNET: www.aisc.org

Code of Standard Practice for Steel Buildings and Bridges.
American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC),
One East Wacker Drive, Suite 3100,
Chicago, IL 60601-2001.
(800) 644-2400
FAX: (847) 364-1268.
INTERNET: www.aisc.org

Specification for Structural Joints Using ASTM A325 or A490 Bolts.
American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC),
One East Wacker Drive, Suite 3100,
Chicago, IL 60601-2001.
(800) 644-2400
FAX: (847) 364-1268.
INTERNET: www.aisc.org

Structural Welding Code – Sheet Steel.
American Welding Society,
550 N.W. LeJeune Road,
Miami, FL 33126.
(800) 332-9448
FAX: (937) 332-5200.
INTERNET: www.aws.org or www.welding.org/cart/training/awsbooks.htm

Structural Welding Code – Reinforcing Steel.
American Welding Society,
550 N.W. LeJeune Road,
Miami, FL 33126.
(800) 332-9448
FAX: (937) 332-5200.
INTERNET: www.aws.org or www.welding.org/cart/training/awsbooks.htm

Structural Welding Code – Steel.
American Welding Society,
550 N.W. LeJeune Road,
Miami, FL 33126.
(800) 332-9448
FAX: (937) 332-5200.
INTERNET: www.aws.org or www.welding.org/cart/training/awsbooks.htm

*Publisher information is current as of 12/04*

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