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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

Coordinates

Metal Fabrication/Welding Technology, AAS

Johnson County Community College
Overland Park (137.5 Miles)

Metal Fabrication/Welding Certificate

Johnson County Community College
Overland Park (137.5 Miles)
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Production Operator Training Certificate CIMA-4300

Kirkwood Community College
Cedar Rapids (397.3 Miles)
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Production Operator Training Certificate

Kirkwood Community College
Cedar Rapids (397.3 Miles)

Sheetmetal Training Non-Credit Certificate

Houston Community College
Houston (508.1 Miles)

Industrial Mechanical Maintenance, A.A.S.

Bevill State Community College
Jasper (525.5 Miles)

Welding Technology Certificate

Bevill State Community College
Jasper (525.5 Miles)

GMAW/FCAW Welding Certificate

Bevill State Community College
Jasper (525.5 Miles)

SMAW Welding Technology Certificate

Bevill State Community College
Jasper (525.5 Miles)

Manufacturing Technology- Metal Fabrication, A.A.S.

Harper College
Palatine (532.9 Miles)

Manufacturing Basic Certificate

Harper College
Palatine (532.9 Miles)

Welding Short Certificate

Shelton State Community College
Tuscaloosa (535.9 Miles)

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