Fabrication

Fabrication

Fabricators manufacture steel components and structures used anywhere from a kitchen sink to a skyscraper.

Careers information

What do they do?

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. But not all fabricators are alike, so 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 & 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.

Typical day

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.

Does this sound like you?

Study areas

• English or Media Studies or History

• Maths or Accounting or Economics 

• Sciences or Workshop Technologies

• Computing / ICT / Information Management

Attributes

• Good at precision work

• Good literacy and numeracy

• Good organisational skills

• Good work habits/time management

Helpful experience

• Making or fixing things

• Working with machinery

• Working with computers

Preferred work environments

• Inside (workshop or plant)

• Outside (outdoors)

• Different places from time to time

How much could I earn?

Icn Money

2 years experience

$42k - $52k

 

Icn Money

5 years experience

$53k - $80k

Career Pathway

School Entry level jobs Advancing jobs Senior jobs

Ideally, NCEA Level 2 passes in:

Maths

Science (Physics)

Technology (Metal Work)

English

Fabricator (light, heavy or steel construction)

Specialist Fabricator

Supervisor

Leading Hand

Workshop Supervisor

Welding Supervisor

Foreman

Site Supervisor

Business Manager

Business Owner

Unit/Achievement standards in schools Apprenticeship Higher learning Higher learning

Click here for more details on the Careers NZ website.

National qualifications

This qualification is for people in the fabrication industries. It combines a broad, common foundation of engineering and fabrication skills with more specialised skills and knowledge in the form of strands to suit the nature of the particular trade or enterprise the individual is engaged in. It is intended to provide training for people in trades traditionally referred to as fabricators, sheet metal workers, boiler makers, steel construction, and fitter-welders.

The Heavy Fabrication strand is intended for fabricators working with heavier gauge plate, sections, and pipes, to produce a wide variety of products including pressure vessels.

The Light Fabrication strand is for fabricators working with sheet metals and lighter gauge plate, sections, and pipes to produce a large variety of metal products.

The Steel Construction strand is specifically for fabricators who manufacture and install structural steel components for building and civil engineering projects.

Click here for the NZQA qualification overview.