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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
22,800+
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

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

Harper College
Palatine (0.0 Miles)

Metal Fabrication Technology, A.S.

Long Beach City College
Long Beach (0.0 Miles)

Metal Fabrication Certificate

Front Range Community College
Westminster (0.0 Miles)

Welding Technology Certificate of Achievement

Bergen Community College
Paramus (0.0 Miles)

Welding/Fabrication Diploma

St. Cloud Technical and Community College
St Cloud (0.0 Miles)

Welding/Advanced Welding, A.A.S.

Eastern Gateway Community College
Steubenville (0.0 Miles)

Welding Technology, A.A.S.

Wake Technical Community College
Raleigh (0.0 Miles)

Electrical Construction Technology Certificate

Luzerne County Community College
Nanticoke (0.0 Miles)

Welding Short Certificate

Shelton State Community College
Tuscaloosa (0.0 Miles)

Manufacturing Basic Certificate

Harper College
Palatine (0.0 Miles)

Metal Fabrication Technology: Core Skills Certificate of Achievement

Long Beach City College
Long Beach (0.0 Miles)

Creative Metal Working Certificate

Front Range Community College
Westminster (0.0 Miles)
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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

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