What does it involve?
Fabricators (or sheet metal workers, boiler makers, steel construction workers, and fitter-welders) all need to be trained in a common foundation of engineering and fabrication skills.
Not all fabricators are alike, there are specialised ‘strands’ of training are available depending on the type of work you are likely to do.
Heavy Fabricators work with heavier gauge plate, sections, and pipes, to produce a wide variety of products including, truck and trailers, earthmoving machinery, manufacturing equipment.
Light Fabricators typically work with sheet metals and lighter gauge plate, sections, and pipes to produce a large variety of metal products used commercially and in private such as dairy equipment, architectural fixtures, and balustrading.
Steel Construction training is for fabricators who manufacture and install structural steel components for buildings and civil engineering projects such as warehouses and stadiums.
Normally an 8-hour day; sometimes working longer may be required.
Fabrication work is varied and can include;
- working with metals to create specific products;
- working from design engineer’s drawings;
- measuring, cutting, bending and welding metals; and
- testing the finished products.
Training is tailored to the type of work you do; Heavy Fabrication, Light Fabrication or Steel Construction.
How could I get into the industry
Does this sound like you?
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How much could I earn?
2 years experience
5 years experience
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Ideally, NCEA Level 2 passes in:
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