Most fabrication operators list "tape measure," "hand tools," and "quality standards" as skills on their resumes. We go into more details on the most important fabrication operator responsibilities here:
After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming a fabrication operator. We found that 23.2% of fabrication operators have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 0.4% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While some fabrication operators have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's possible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every two fabrication operators were not college graduates.
Those fabrication operators who do attend college, typically earn either business degrees or electrical engineering degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for fabrication operators include general studies degrees or criminal justice degrees.
When you're ready to become a fabrication operator, you might wonder which companies hire fabrication operators. According to our research through fabrication operator resumes, fabrication operators are mostly hired by Eaton, Aerotek, and Lockheed Martin. Now is a good time to apply as Eaton has 19 fabrication operators job openings, and there are 3 at Aerotek and 2 at Lockheed Martin.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, fabrication operators tend to earn the biggest salaries at Advanced Micro Devices, Lockheed Martin, and Kohler Co. Take Advanced Micro Devices for example. The median fabrication operator salary is $48,078. At Lockheed Martin, fabrication operators earn an average of $44,225, while the average at Kohler Co. is $32,074. You should take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies.
We also looked into companies who hire fabrication operators from the top 100 educational institutions in the U.S. The top three companies that hire the most from these institutions include General Electric, ManpowerGroup, and Motorola Solutions.