What do they do?
Fabricators work with metals. They make steel parts and structures, from kitchen sinks (light fabrication) to steel tanks (heavy fabrication) or even a skyscraper (steel construction fabrication). They are also called sheet metal workers, steel construction workers, boilermakers and fitter-welders.
A typical day
Normally an eight-hour day; sometimes working longer may be required.
Fabrication work is varied and can include working with metals to create specific products, working from design engineers' drawings, measuring, cutting, bending and welding metals and testing the finished products.
Training is tailored to the type of work you do; heavy fabrication, light fabrication or steel construction.
Sound like you?
Preferred work environments
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Ideally, NCEA Level 2 passes in:
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