Fabrication Engineering Tradesperson (Metal Fabricator)

Metal Fabricators or fabrication engineering tradespersons cut, shape, join and finish metal in order to make, maintain or repair metal products and structures. In addition, they may produce moulds or patterns for metal castings, apply coatings and work with a variety of materials.

Personal requirements of metal fabricators and fabrication engineering tradespersons may include:

  • Enjoy working with machines
  • Physically fit
  • Safety conscious
  • Interested in computer programmable machinery
  • Able to work in a team or without supervision
  • No skin or breathing allergies

Metal fabricators and fabrication engineering tradespersons may complete the following tasks:

  • Examine drawings or specifications to find out job, material and equipment requirements
  • Set up and/or operate hand and machine tools, welding equipment or Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines
  • Fabricate parts or sub-assemblies, cut, roll, shape, bend, mould, spin, heat or hammer metal products
  • Heat treat metal parts and components
  • Assemble parts and structures by welding, bolting or riveting

To become a fabrication engineering tradesperson usually requires a completion of an apprenticeship in Engineering- Fabrication Trade at Certificate III level. Entry requirements may vary but employers generally require Year 10. Once you have a Certificate III you can specialise in Heavy Duty Fabrication- Boilermaker.

A boilermaker (heavy fabrication) cuts, shapes, assembles and joins heavy gauge metal parts to produce or repair containers that have to withstand pressure, such as ships, boilers and storage tanks. Boilermakers trained in structural fabrication may be involved in fitting, assembling and joining aluminium and steel in the construction or repair of towers, bridges, structural supports, girders and ships.

Fabrication engineering tradespersons work for, among other industries, electricity and gas supply authorities. Some may find employment in federal and state or territory government departments.