Light Fabrication Apprenticeship

Monarch Sheetmetals
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Light Fabrication Apprenticeship

About the Employer

 Mō Te Kaitukumahi

Monarch has combined experience in sheet metal and engineering of more than 100 years. The team is highly skilled in sheet metal production including design, cutting, punching, folding, fabricating, and finishing. This means you will receive excellent training.

Successful applicants will get to have a look around when they go to the interview, see the factory space, people working, the machinery, and get an idea of what needs to be operated.


About the Opportunity

Mō Te Huarahi

This is a great opportunity to work within a highly skilled team and learn all parts of sheet metal, welding, and folding. Alight fabrication engineer makes, installs and repairs sheet metal products.

Some of the things you will learn:


  • Examine drawings and other instructions for the job
  • Draw the pattern on the sheet-metal and cuts it out
  • Drill and punch holes in the metal for screws, bolts or rivets
  • Fold, form and shape the metal
  • Join the metal pieces together
  • Weld the seams of the metal
  • Polish the finished article
  • Check the quality of the finished product.


About you


  • An eye for detail
  • NCEA Level 2 in English and Maths
  • Able to follow instructions
  • Enthusiasm to learn
  • An excellent work ethic, reliability, and commitment

Hours of work

Ngā Hāora

Monarch open at 4am and close at 8pm with staggered start times. With any new employee their goal is to match the start time and hours best suited to the new employee and their training.


Te Tohu

Graduates of the New Zealand Certificate in Engineering Fabrication (Trade) (Level 4) with strand in Light Fabrication will be able to:

  • Apply relevant Health and Safety legislation and knowledge of the workplace safety culture in order to work safely and meet responsibilities in a commercial engineering fabrication environment.
  • Produce and interpret engineering sketches, simple component drawings, fabrication patterns for simple three-dimensional objects, and/or specifications for the engineering fabrication task being undertaken.
  • Apply knowledge of trade calculations and units of measurement to perform a range of engineering fabrication tasks.
  • Apply knowledge of the composition and characteristics, of engineering materials to select and optimise their use through job planning and sequencing tasks.
  • Determine available and appropriate manufacturing and engineering processes, tools and equipment, and demonstrate knowledge of alternative engineering processes to suit a range of engineering fabrication tasks.
  • Interpret knowledge of basic engineering job operations, planning and sequencing for job costing and pricing, with consideration to efficiency and economical processing options.
  • Apply knowledge of relevant engineering fabrication principles and practices that include mistake proofing, and distortion control, by using problem-solving skills for fault finding and root cause analysis, to perform engineering tasks efficiently and effectively while working to specifications and industry standards.
  • Select and inspect simple lifting appliances and slings, to safely secure a load and carry out lifting procedures.
  • Correctly use and maintain engineering fabrication tools and equipment, monitoring their condition for safe and effective operation to ensure accuracy, minimise damage to work, and to prevent accidents.
  • Cut engineering fabrication materials using mechanical and thermal cutting equipment including manual and mechanised processes, applying knowledge of distortion control, to an appropriate industry standard in a commercial engineering fabrication environment.
  • Form and shape engineering fabrication materials using manual and mechanised processes, applying knowledge of distortion control and damage minimisation, to an appropriate industry standard in a commercial engineering fabrication environment.
  • Apply the welding processes of gas metal arc welding (GMAW), manual metal arc welding (MMAW), flux cored arc welding (FCAW), and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), in relevant welding positions, and applying distortion control methods, to safely weld steel and steel structures and other metals to an appropriate industry standard in a commercial engineering fabrication environment.
  • Apply knowledge of effective and efficient manufacturing models, the processes and principles of quality systems and how these are applied in the production of components and/or for the provision of services in a commercial engineering fabrication environment, to deliver in full, on time and to specification.
  • Practise effective communication with awareness of other cultures and languages, to confirm and clarify instructions, communicate health and safety matters, and understand workplace documentation, within an engineering fabrication team and the wider workplace.
  • Self-manage on-going learning, seeking advice or guidance when required while maintaining acceptable standards across the engineering fabrication industry.
  • Graduates of the Light Fabrication strand will also be able to:-
  • Produce a range of light fabricated products such as ducting, architectural fixtures, and balustrading, and the manufacture and repair of plant and equipment in the food and marine industries, vessels and pipework, from light gauge sheet, sections, and process pipes using the appropriate tools and current relevant techniques.

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Date Posted
May 5, 2022
Light Fabrication
Engineering - Light Fabrication