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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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$ 24,000 - $ 67,000
$ 41,000
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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)
A Day In the Life
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Eddie Hines, metal fabricator
A Day In the Life

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.

Job 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

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Texas State Technical College logo

Metal Fabricators Non-Credit Certificate

Texas State Technical College
Waco (384.8 Miles)
Kirkwood Community College logo

Production Operator Training Certificate

Kirkwood Community College
Cedar Rapids (397.1 Miles)
Black Hawk College logo

Shielded Metal Arc Welding Certificate

Black Hawk College
Moline (413.5 Miles)
Community College of Denver logo

Fabrication Welder Certificate

Community College of Denver
Denver (535.0 Miles)
Aims Community College logo

Metal Cutting and Gouging Certificate

Aims Community College
Greenley (538.7 Miles)
Aims Community College logo

Metal Fabrication Certificate

Aims Community College
Greenley (538.7 Miles)
Minneapolis Community and Technical College logo

Welding and Metal Fabrication, A.A.S

Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Minneapolis (559.2 Miles)
Minneapolis Community and Technical College logo

Welding and Metal Fabrication Certificate

Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Minneapolis (559.2 Miles)
Milwaukee Area Technical College logo

Advanced Metal Fabrication Technical Diploma

Milwaukee Area Technical College
Milwaukee (581.7 Miles)
H Councill Trenholm State Community College logo

Automotive/Advanced Manufacturing: Pipe Welding Short Certificate

H Councill Trenholm State Community College
Montgomery (624.4 Miles)
Owens Community College logo

Applied Engineering Technology, A.A.S.

Owens Community College
Perrysburg (720.1 Miles)
Owens Community College logo

GMAW Certificate

Owens Community College
Perrysburg (720.1 Miles)

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