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Working As A Metal Fabricator

  • $44,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Metal Fabricator Do

Assemblers and fabricators assemble finished products and the parts that go into them. They use tools, machines, and their hands to make engines, computers, aircraft, ships, boats, toys, electronic devices, control panels, and more.


Assemblers and fabricators typically do the following:

  • Read and understand schematics and blueprints
  • Use hand tools or machines to assemble parts
  • Conduct quality control checks
  • Work closely with designers and engineers in product development

Assemblers and fabricators have an important role in the manufacturing process. They assemble both finished products and the pieces that go into them. The products encompass a full range of manufactured goods, including aircraft, toys, household appliances, automobiles, computers, and electronic devices.

Changes in technology have transformed the manufacturing and assembly process. Modern manufacturing systems use robots, computers, programmable motion-control devices, and various sensing technologies. These technological changes affect the way in which goods are made and the jobs of those who make them. Advanced assemblers must be able to work with these new technologies and use them to manufacture goods.

The job of an assembler or fabricator requires a range of knowledge and skills. Skilled assemblers putting together complex machines, for example, read detailed schematics that show how to assemble the machine. After determining how parts should connect, they use hand or power tools to trim, shim, cut, and make other adjustments to fit components together. Once the parts are properly aligned, they connect them with bolts and screws or weld or solder pieces together.

Quality control is important throughout the assembly process, so assemblers look for faulty components and mistakes in the assembly process. They help fix problems before defective products are made.

Manufacturing techniques are moving away from traditional assembly line systems toward lean manufacturing systems, which use teams of workers to produce entire products or components. Lean manufacturing has changed the nature of the assemblers’ duties.

It has become more common to involve assemblers and fabricators in product development. Designers and engineers consult manufacturing workers during the design stage to improve product reliability and manufacturing efficiency. Some experienced assemblers work with designers and engineers to build prototypes or test products.

Although most assemblers and fabricators are classified as team assemblers, others specialize in producing one type of product or perform the same or similar tasks throughout the assembly process.

The following are examples of types of assemblers and fabricators:

Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers fit, fasten, and install parts of airplanes, space vehicles, or missiles, such as the wings, fuselage, landing gear, rigging and control equipment, and heating and ventilating systems.

Coil winders, tapers, and finishers wind wire coils of electrical components used in a variety of electric and electronic products, including resistors, transformers, generators, and electric motors.

Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers build products such as electric motors, computers, electronic control devices, and sensing equipment. Automated systems have been put in place because many small electronic parts are too small or fragile for human assembly. Much of the remaining work of electrical and electronic assemblers is done by hand during the small-scale production of electronic devices used in all types of aircraft, military systems, and medical equipment. Production by hand requires these workers to use devices such as soldering irons.

Electromechanical equipment assemblers assemble and modify electromechanical devices such as household appliances, computer tomography scanners, or vending machines. The workers use a variety of tools, such as rulers, rivet guns, and soldering irons.

Engine and machine assemblers construct, assemble, and rebuild engines, turbines, and machines used in automobiles, construction and mining equipment, and power generators.

Structural metal fabricators and fitters cut, align, and fit together structural metal parts and may help weld or rivet the parts together.

Fiberglass laminators and fabricators laminate layers of fiberglass on molds to form boat decks and hulls, bodies for golf carts, automobiles, and other products.

Team assemblers work on an assembly line, but they rotate through different tasks, rather than specializing in a single task. The team may decide how the work is assigned and how different tasks are done. Some aspects of lean production, such as rotating tasks and seeking worker input on improving the assembly process, are common to all assembly and fabrication occupations.

Timing device assemblers, adjusters, and calibrators do precision assembling or adjusting of timing devices within very narrow tolerances.

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How To Become A Metal Fabricator

The education level and qualifications needed to enter these jobs vary depending on the industry and employer. Although a high school diploma is enough for most jobs, experience and additional training is needed for more advanced assembly work.


Most employers require a high school diploma or the equivalent for assembler and fabricator positions.


Workers usually receive on-the-job training, sometimes including employer-sponsored technical instruction.

Some employers may require specialized training or an associate’s degree for the most skilled assembly and fabrication jobs. For example, jobs with electrical, electronic, and aircraft and motor vehicle products manufacturers typically require more formal education through technical schools. Apprenticeship programs are also available.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) offers the Precision Sheet Metal Operator Certification (PSMO) and the Precision Press Brake Certification (PPB). Although not required, becoming certified can demonstrate competence and professionalism. It also may help a candidate advance in the profession.

In addition, many employers that hire electrical and electronic assembly workers, especially those in the aerospace and defense industries, require certifications in soldering.

Important Qualities

Color vision. Assemblers and fabricators who make electrical and electronic products must be able to distinguish different colors because the wires they work with often are color coded.

Dexterity. Assemblers and fabricators should have a steady hand and good hand-eye coordination, as they must grasp, manipulate, or assemble parts and components that are often very small.

Math skills. Assemblers and fabricators must know basic math and must be able to use computers, as the manufacturing process continues to advance technologically.

Mechanical skills. Modern production systems require assemblers and fabricators to be able to use programmable motion-control devices, computers, and robots on the factory floor.

Physical stamina. Assemblers and fabricators must be able to stand for long periods and perform repetitious work.

Physical strength. Assemblers and fabricators must be strong enough to lift heavy components or pieces of machinery. Some assemblers, such as those in the aerospace industry, must frequently bend or climb ladders when assembling parts.

Technical skills. Assemblers and fabricators must be able to understand technical manuals, blueprints, and schematics for a wide range of products and machines to properly manufacture the final product.

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Metal Fabricator Career Paths

Metal Fabricator
Forklift Operator Driver Foreman
8 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Technician Team Leader
Production Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Foreman Superintendent
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Foreman Supervisor
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineer Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Electrician Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Production Supervisor
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Owner
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Numerical Control Operator Computer Numerical Controller Machinist Numerical Control Programmer
Computer Numerical Controller Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Numerical Control Operator Machinist Shop Foreman
Shop Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Numerical Control Operator Quality Inspector Quality Engineer
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Machinist Shop Foreman Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Machinist Manufacturing Engineer Production Supervisor
Assistant Plant Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assembler Specialist Operations Specialist
Lead Operator
5 Yearsyrs
Assembler Welder Shop Foreman
Shop Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Assembler Computer Numerical Controller Machinist Numerical Control Programmer
Lead Machinist
6 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Electrician Lead Person
2nd Shift Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Computer Numerical Controller Machinist Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Supervisor
Assembly Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Sheet Metal Mechanic Lead Welder Lead Fabricator
Fabrication Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Sheet Metal Mechanic Pipe Welder Fabrication Supervisor
Fabrication Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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How much does a Metal Fabricator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Metal Fabricator in the United States is $44,865 per year or $22 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $26,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $76,000.

Real Metal Fabricator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Structural Metal Fabricator Les Metalliers Champenois Corp. Paterson, NJ Jun 10, 2008 $83,480
Structural Metal Fabricator/Fitter Promet Marine Services Corp. Providence, RI Aug 15, 2008 $57,393
Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters Malone Industrial MacHine, Ltd. Pasadena, TX Oct 06, 2010 $50,088
Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters Liberty Iron Works, Inc. Southampton, NY May 08, 2012 $50,066
Artisan Metal Fabricator Imperium Construction, Inc. New York, NY Oct 08, 2016 $46,966
Metal Fabricator/Fitter Thomas & Sons Builders, LLC, (D/B/A T& S Builders) New Milford, NJ Aug 02, 2016 $46,030
Structural Metal Fabricator and Fitter M & S Sanitation Corp. Florida, NY Jun 21, 2011 $43,597
Structural Metal Fabricators & Fitters County Glass & Metal Installers, Inc. Hackensack, NJ Oct 19, 2010 $42,846
Metal Fabricators, Structural Metal Products Cooper Tank & Welding Corp. New York, NY Nov 17, 2010 $42,702
Structural Metal Fabricator and Fitters Hutco, Inc. Moss Point, MS Feb 15, 2015 $42,617
Structural Metal Fabricator AJAY Metal Fabricators, Inc. Linden, NJ Oct 15, 2007 $41,740
Structural Metal Fabricators & Fitters Misivike Contractors, Inc. Cockeysville, MD May 10, 2011 $41,135 -
Structural & Metal Fabricators & Fitters KJP Enterprises Inc. Paterson, NJ Mar 19, 2010 $40,780
Metal Fabricator King-Penberthy Enterprises Inc. Bell Gardens, CA Apr 13, 2015 $32,635
Metal Fabricator AIW, Inc. Hyattsville, MD Apr 30, 2009 $32,578
Metal Fabricator AIW, Inc. Hyattsville, MD May 22, 2009 $32,578
Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters Erection & Welding Contractors LLC New Milford, CT Nov 20, 2007 $32,578
Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters F & C Professional Aluminum Railings Corp. Plainfield, NJ Oct 22, 2012 $32,536
Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters American Building LLC Trumbull, CT Jul 07, 2008 $32,515
Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters Caldwell Industries, Inc. Lorton, VA May 14, 2010 $32,286
Strctural Metal Fabricators and Fitters Caldwell Industries, Inc. Lorton, VA Dec 10, 2010 $32,286
Metal Fabricator Americas Welding Corp. TX Feb 06, 2014 $30,971
Metal Fabricators CVC Construction, Inc. TX Mar 06, 2014 $30,846
Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters Crystal Window & Door Systems, Ltd. NY Oct 26, 2009 $30,800
Metal Fabricators All American Metal Fabricators Inc. Tenafly, NJ Feb 18, 2011 $30,721
Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters Wide Flange, Incorporated New York, NY Mar 16, 2010 $30,700
Structural Metal Fabricators and FI CCR Sheet Metal Inc. New York, NY Apr 15, 2011 $30,700
Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters Lupama New York, NY Mar 29, 2010 $30,700
Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters Anthonys Roofing & Maint., Inc. DBA A.R.M Roofing Elmsford, NY Jan 07, 2010 $30,700

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Top Skills for A Metal Fabricator

  1. Drill Press
  2. Customer Service
  3. Aluminum
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Metal fabrication, cut metal, ran lathe and mill, limited welding, used grinders, plasma cutters and drill press
  • Fabricated metal beams, sorted various metals, various shop up-keeping/organizing, customer service
  • Manufactured extruded aluminum evaporator coils, condenser coils, and other products for heat transfer applications.
  • Work with all ferrous and non-ferrous materials utilizing various procedures including; MIG, TIG, and stick welding.
  • Followed safety procedures and completed work on time.


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