A metal fabricator creates lots of sparks while grinding down a piece of metal

Metal Fabricator

Metal Fabricators mark off and fabricate structural steel and other metal stock to make or repair metal products and structures such as boilers and pressure vessels.

Overview

Metal Fabricators mark off and fabricate structural steel and other metal stock to make or repair metal products and structures such as boilers and pressure vessels.

Day-to-day

  • studies blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine job requirements
  • selects, cleans and prepares metal stock
  • cuts marked out metal sections and shapes using hand tools, flame cutting torches and metal cutting machines
  • shapes and bends metal sections and pipes using hand and machine tools, and by heating and hammering
  • aligns parts to be joined using hand tools and measuring instrument
  • joins metal sections using various welding techniques, bolting and riveting
  • examines welds for width of bead, penetration and precision
  • cleans and smoothes welds by filing, chiselling and grinding.

Considerations

  • physically demanding.

Occupation snapshot
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Moderate
Apprenticeships may be available

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