Becoming a Metal Fabricator
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Becoming a Metal Fabricator

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Also known as Boiler maker.
Marks off and fabricates structural steel and other metal stock to make or repair metal products and structures such as boilers and pressure vessels.
Training time 1 - 4 years
Average pay $77,571
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 11,600

How do I become a Metal Fabricator in Victoria?

To work as a Metal Fabricator in Victoria, you'll need:
  • A Certificate III in Engineering – Production Systems
  • Completed traineeship
  • Recommended

  • Completion of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or equivalent
  • Strong understanding of Mathematics and English
  • Relevant traineeship: Certificate II in Engineering – Production System

What does a Metal Fabricator do?

  • Studies blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine job requirements
  • Selects, cleans and prepares metal stock
  • Cuts marked-out metal sections and shapes using hand tools, flame cutting torches and metal cutting machines
  • Shapes and bends metal sections and pipes using hand and machine tools, and by heating and hammering
  • Aligns parts to be joined using hand tools and measuring instruments
  • Joins metal sections using various welding techniques, bolting and riveting
  • Examines welds for width of bead, penetration and precision
  • Finishes 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