Metal fabricators make initial shapes or models to produce molds, forms, and dies, which are used to mass produce the components of virtually every manufactured metal product. They fabricate, lay out, position, align, and fit parts of structural metal products, such as frameworks or shells for machinery, ovens, stacks, and metal parts for buildings and bridges, according to job order or blueprints.
Most metal fabricators work in factories that are clean, well-lit and well-ventilated. They wear protective equipment, such as safety glasses and earplugs to protect against flying particles of metal and noise.
- Four-year training program
- 7,600 hours on-the-job training
- 400 hours paid related instruction
- Additional related instruction may be required
Classroom studies include blueprint reading, mathematics, and metallurgy.
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Entry requirements vary by employer
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Physically able to perform trade
You may apply directly to participating employers.