Metal Fabricator

Fabricate and assemble structural metal products.
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Salary Range
$23,000 – $51,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Metal Fabricators do?

Fabricates and assembles structural metal products, such as framework or shells for machinery, ovens, tanks, stacks, and metal parts for buildings and bridges according to job order, verbal instructions, and blueprints: Develops layout and plans sequence of operations, applying knowledge of trigonometry, stock allowances for thickness, machine and welding shrinkage, and physical properties of metal. Locates and marks bending and cutting lines onto workpiece. Sets up and operates fabricating machines, such as brakes, rolls, shears, flame cutters, and drill presses [MACHINE OPERATOR I 616.380-018]. Hammers, chips, and grinds workpiece to cut, bend, and straighten metal. Preheats workpieces, using hand torch or furnace. Positions, aligns, fits, and welds together parts [WELDER-FITTER 819.361-010]. Designs and constructs templates and fixtures. Verifies conformance of workpiece to specifications, using square, ruler, and measuring tape. May fabricate and assemble sheet metal products. May set up and operate machine tools associated with fabricating shops, such as radial drill press, end mill, and edge planer.


Should I be a Metal Fabricator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Fabricator Assembler Metal Products, Metal Box Maker, Metal Fabricator Apprentice See More

    How to become a Metal Fabricator

    Most Metal Fabricators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9qaaaa&chl=no+college+%2879%25%29|certificate+%2821%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,79,79
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