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What Does a Metal Fabricator Do?

If you like building and fixing things, metal fabrication might be the perfect job for you. Metal fabricators assemble structural metal products such as frameworks or shells for machinery, ovens, tanks, stacks and metal parts for buildings and bridges. They are skilled craftsmen who prepare, cut, shape and weld metal using complex hand tools and equipment such as blowtorches, shears, gauges, nail sets, power saws and workshop presses.

Metal fabricators follow patterns and blueprints. They typically work in factory settings and must use safety equipment, like goggles, gloves and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect them from flying debris and other workplace hazards. Some metal fabricators are trained to program robotic machines and computers.

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Median Salary $
41,000
Jobs Available
146,200+
A metal fabricator uses a hydraulic punching machine on a piece of metal
Metal fabricators are in high demand in technology-driven industries like aerospace. (Credit: wichan/Shutterstock)
Duties + Responsibilities
  • Interpret engineering blueprints
  • Measure meticulously and plan well to reduce waste
  • Mark cutting and bending lines
  • Set up metalwork machinery, including rollers, drill presses, flame cutters, brakes and shears
  • Fabricate and construct metal components
  • Grind and finish completed products
  • Perform quality checks on completed products
  • Program robotic machines and computers
  • Follow all safety regulations
  • Maintain records 
Education + Training

Employers require a high school diploma or equivalent. Metal fabricators usually earn either a one-year certificate or technical diploma from a community college or technical school. An associate degree in metal fabrication or additional vocational training may be required for more highly skilled metal fabricating work. Study areas include welding and safety procedures, how to produce different metal parts and how to operate machinery and tools.

YOU MAY BE A GOOD FIT FOR THIS POSITION IF YOU
  • Can understand and translate instructions of a technical nature
  • Have strong math skills
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Have the manual dexterity to operate different tools
  • Can troubleshoot equipment
  • Can lift in excess of 50 pounds
  • Are detail-oriented

Metal Fabricator training in your area

Coordinates

Welding Technology Diploma

Wayne Community College
Goldsboro (0.0 Miles)

Sheet Metal Trade Option, A.S.

San Diego City College
San Diego (0.0 Miles)

Basic Welding Certificate

Pitt Community College
Winterville (0.0 Miles)

Welding and Fabrication Advanced Applications Advanced Certificate

Washtenaw Community College
Ann Arbor (0.0 Miles)

Precision Machining- Optical Fabrication Certificate

Monroe Community College - SUNY
Rochester (0.0 Miles)

Sheet Metal Apprenticeship Readiness Certificate

Columbus State Community College
Columbus (0.0 Miles)

Welding Technology Diploma

Stanly Community College
Albemarle (0.0 Miles)

FCAW Welding Certificate

Lakeland Community College
Kirtland (0.0 Miles)

Welding Technology Certificate

Mitchell Community College
Statesville (0.0 Miles)

Continuing Education Welding Classes

Mitchell Community College
Statesville (0.0 Miles)

Welding Technology Certificate

Wayne Community College
Goldsboro (0.0 Miles)

Sheet Metal Trade Option Certificate of Achievement

San Diego City College
San Diego (0.0 Miles)
Meet Ambassador
Eddie Hines
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Eddie Hines, metal fabricator
Meet Ambassador
Eddie Hines

Eddie Hines credits his dad for helping him find his way into the skilled trades. 

“I looked at welding and masonry and all those trades that actually built America, and I wanted to be a part of that. We’re like Santa’s little helpers,” says the 39-year-old metal fabricator. Learn more of his story.

Find Metal Fabricator Jobs in Your Area

Coordinates

Assembler

Great Dane
Jonesboro ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 5 days 3 hours ago

Sheet Metal Worker Level 1

Honeywell
West Chester ( 0.0 ) Miles
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Assembler - 1st shift

Cantel Medical
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Mechanical Assembler

Curtiss Wright
Hatfield ( 0.0 ) Miles
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Mechanical Assembler i - 2nd Shift

Jabil Circuit
Tampa ( 0.0 ) Miles
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Fabrication Tech

Ferguson
Nampa ( 0.0 ) Miles
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Sheet Metal Mechanic (fixed Duration/temporary)

Northwest Hospital
Seattle ( 0.0 ) Miles
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Production Fabricator

Arizon Companies
Saint Louis ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 4 days 3 hours ago