Metal fabricators are responsible for conducting fabrication work for their facilities, as well as maintaining equipment, keeping work areas clean, and ensuring that safety standards are met at all times. Basic daily duties include positioning and fitting parts to weld, reading blueprints to fabricate parts accurately, performing welds, and operating other fabrication equipment. These tools used by metal fabricators include grinders, drill presses, plasma cutters, shears, flame cutters, and others. This position may include some supervisory work at the highest levels, and supervisors need to train other employees on employers' standards and ensure quality levels are high and consistent.
Work hours for metal fabricators vary based on assigned shifts and the company, but these individuals typically work during regular business hours with the potential for overtime. The work environment may be dangerous due to the tools being used, but this risk may be largely mitigated by following strict safety standards. It is rare that any travel is required, and this work may be based indoors or outdoors. Tolerance of extreme temperatures is usually required, as are the ability to lift heavy weights and remain standing for long periods of time.
Requirements for metal fabricators vary greatly; labor-intensive positions often require nothing more than a high school diploma or equivalent, while senior-level positions generally require extensive experience and knowledge. All positions require the ability to work well in a team environment, which includes communication skills and reliability.
Metal Fabricator Tasks
Position and weld parts to form complete units or subunits, following blueprints and layout specifications.
Set up and operate fabricating machines to form and assemble metal components.
Fabricate carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum and other metals working from drawings and written instructions.