Every day, we use and encounter metal tools, machines, and structures. You have probably never thought about how all of these are made or who is involved in making them. The truth of the matter is that these machines and structures are built from raw materials through a process called metal fabrication. And metal fabricators are the ones who help build them. These fabricators work from patterns and blueprints to prepare, fabricate, and weld various metal components and structures.
If you want to work as a metal fabricator, you'll need to be good at reading and interpreting engineering blueprints. Some of the other tasks you'll perform on the job include grinding and finishing completed products, setting up metalwork machinery, and performing quality checks on completed projects. Some of the tools that you'll use include shears, rollers, flame cutters, and drill presses.
If you want to get into this career field, you'll need advanced mathematical and engineering skills, the ability to lift and manipulate large metal objects, as well as the ability to stand for long periods of time. Also, a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or a related field is required. Some employer may prefer candidates with welding certification and advanced welding experience