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Metal Fabricator
  Specialised occupation Specialised occupation

Marks off and fabricates structural steel and other metal stock to make or repair metal products and structures such as boilers and pressure vessels.


Tasks Include:


  • studying blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine job requirements
  • selecting, cleaning and preparing metal stock
  • cutting marked-out metal sections and shapes using hand tools, flame cutting torches and metal cutting machines
  • shaping and bending metal sections and pipes using hand and machine tools, and by heating and hammering
  • aligning parts to be joined using hand tools and measuring instruments
  • joining metal sections using various welding techniques, bolting and riveting
  • examining welds for width of bead, penetration and precision
  • finishing products by cleaning, polishing, filing and bathing in acidic solutions
Specialisations
  • Boilermaker-Welder
  • Brass Finisher
  • Metal Fabricator-Welder
  • Metal Template Maker
  • Structural Steel Trades Worker
Job prospects for Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers in Victoria

Occupations in the Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers group include Metal Fabricator, Pressure Welder and Welder (First Class).

Employment prospects
There are currently 11,900 Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers in Victoria. Over the next five years, the size of this relatively large occupation is expected to grow. Employment prospects for the next five years are strong.

Average weekly wage
$1,280.50

Hourly earnings
$33.10

For more information about this occupation at a national level visit the Job Outlook website. External link

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