Metal Fabricator

Metal Fabricators, part of a larger group of structural steel and welding trades workers, work with iron, steel, and other metals. They cut, shape, join, and solder metals together for projects both large and small. They may also repair large structures like ships or buildings or smaller products like watches or furniture.

Duties and tasks

  • Cutting metal to fit the needs at hand
  • Operating tools such as soldering irons, flame cutting torches, and metal cutting machines
  • Polishing and smoothing finished products to ensure quality
  • Surveying the scene, patterns, or blueprints to determine the scope and nature of any given project
  • Using hand tools to cut and shape iron and steel
  • Using various welding techniques to join metals together

Skills required

  • Ability to manipulate and control dials, switches, and gauges
  • Active listening skills
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Keen judgment and decision-making abilities
  • Knowledge of the properties of metals

Working conditions

Metal Fabricators usually work in workshops, factories, or plants. They may also work in industries like auto repair, shipbuilding, or construction.

Professional associations / Industry information

Manufacturing Skills Australia 

Welding Technology Institute of Australia 

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