Metal Fabricators mark off and fabricate structural steel and other metal stock to make or repair metal products and structures such as boilers and pressure vessels.

Specialisations: Boilermaker-Welder, Brass Finisher, Metal Fabricator-Welder, Metal Template Maker, Structural Steel Trades Worker.

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in engineering - fabrication trade is needed to work as a Metal Fabricator.

Tasks

  • Studies blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine job requirements.
  • Selects, cleans and prepares metal stock.
  • Cuts marked out metal sections and shapes using hand tools, flame cutting torches and metal cutting machines.
  • Shapes and bends metal sections and pipes using hand and machine tools, and by heating and hammering.
  • Aligns parts to be joined using hand tools and measuring instrument.
  • Joins metal sections using various welding techniques, bolting and riveting.
  • Examines welds for width of bead, penetration and precision.
  • Cleans and smoothes welds by filing, chiselling and grinding.

More about Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers

All Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers

  • $1,541 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Metal Fabricators

  • 38,800 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 47 hours Average full-time
  • 37 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Metal Fabricators (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 41,300 in 2011 to 38,800 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Location: Metal Fabricators work in many parts of Australia. Queensland and Western Australia have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Construction; and Mining.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (93%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 37 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Metal Fabricators in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers.

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing54.9
Construction18.4
Mining10.0
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3.7
Other Industries13.0

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateMetal FabricatorsAll Jobs Average
NSW23.231.6
VIC17.425.6
QLD26.920.0
SA7.47.0
WA20.210.8
TAS2.52.0
NT1.91.0
ACT0.41.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketMetal FabricatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-194.7-5.05.0
20-2412.9-9.39.3
25-3427.2-22.922.9
35-4422.1-22.022.0
45-5419.8-21.621.6
55-597.0-9.09.0
60-644.3-6.06.0
65 and Over2.0-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationMetal FabricatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.2-10.110.1
Bachelor degree1.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV80.1-21.121.1
Year 126.7-18.118.1
Year 112.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below6.2-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in engineering - fabrication trade is needed to work as a Metal Fabricator.

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
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Employers look for Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and who have good people skills.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Building and Construction

    67% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  2. Mechanical

    63% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  3. Design

    60% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  4. Mathematics

    60% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Engineering and Technology

    49% Skill level

    The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    97% Important

    How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

  2. Face-to-Face Discussions

    94% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  3. Freedom to Make Decisions

    91% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

  4. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

    90% Important

    How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?

  5. Structured versus Unstructured Work

    89% Important

    How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-2041.00 - Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters.

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