Truss Technician Requirements Definition
What are the qualifications (if any) required to be considered a truss technician?
A truss technician should be able to read blueprints and visualize details in three dimensions. He/she should have knowledge of field and plant production requirements for details. He/she should understand loading conditions and be able to use company software. He/she should have knowledge of the equipment used in the plant and how to produce efficient cutting for some.
At a senior level, he/she should work and solve problems with customers and sales staff. He/she should fully understand code requirements and coordinate efforts with engineering staff. Finally, at a senior level, he/she should be able to design field repair details.
SBCA has developed the Truss Technician Training (TTT) program. Based on discussions that we have had with instructors, the following are the course prerequisites that we believe a high school graduate needs to have a successful career with a truss manufacturer:
• Basic computer operations
• Computer-aided design
• Drafting and computer-aided drafting
• Building construction
Having taken these types of courses, we anticipate students will pass our certification exam gaining at least level one and possibly level two certification. A third level of training provides background on current technical issues and is intended for those already working in the industry.
There are a number of employment opportunities within the truss industry, particularly as a truss technician. Take a look at our Workforce Development Career Center if you’re interested in connecting with potential employers.