What is a Fabricator?

The term “fabricator” can be used to describe a number of different occupations. In general, the word refers to anyone who builds or creates a machine or other object. In practice, however, the term most often is used to refer to people who actually build something based on written plans.

What do Fabricators Actually do?

Fabricators can be found in practically every factory and machine shop. Not every fabricator will work for a corporation, however. Typically, fabricators who work for larger companies are more specialized. For example, a factory may employ a welder fabricator, metal fabricators, woodworkers, and other fabrication specialists who would work together in order to build a complicated machine or other piece of equipment. Smaller companies, however, will often employ fabricators with a wider range of skills. These workers would be responsible for using a variety of skills and techniques to create company products and machines.

Fabricators can also work as independent contractors. Fabricators with highly specialized sets of skills, such as underwater welding or knowledge of ancient construction techniques, can work as fabrication consultants for a variety of clients.

Many artists will also hire individuals or teams of skilled fabricators in order to create large-scale pieces or help with installing multiple works in a gallery. It's important to note that in these cases, fabricators will work to replicate the artist's vision, often by following detailed drawings, rather than create their own pieces.

It's important to note that most fabricators are typically considered highly-skilled professionals. While the definition of the word does not preclude low-skill individuals from this type of work, it is rare for basic assembly line workers or other employees with similar skills to refer to themselves as fabricators.

What do Fabricators Work With?

Depending on their specialization, fabricators can work with a variety of tools and technologies, including heavy machinery, metal components, raw materials, electrical equipment, and even household appliances.

They use product schematics, technical drawings, and engineering principles to perform their work. They must adhere to strict quality control standards and product specifications.

Becoming a Fabricator

The specific training and education required vary for different fabricator career paths. Most fabricator jobs require a combination of formal education and onsite training. Virtually all fabricator positions require a high school diploma or GED. Here are the additional educational requirements for a few of the most common fabricator career paths.

Personal Traits

Fabricators spend a lot of time working with their own hands and heavy equipment, so physical stamina is vital. This is especially true for long shifts, which are common for fabricators.

Knowledge is important as well. Strong math skills are helpful, as is an understanding of physics.

Wielding Fabricators Career Path

After high school, aspiring wielding fabricators should strongly consider training at a vocational or trade school. It's not always required, but it will instill more confidence in potential clients. Wielding fabricators with vocational training also tend to make more money.

Most wielders will then attend 3-5 of apprenticeship training. This typically includes paid field work. Apprenticeships are usually supplemented with classroom instruction.

Metal Fabricators Career Path

A metal fabricator typically needs vocational training in metalworking, fabrication techniques, and blueprint reading. This can be supplemented by an apprenticeship, providing hands-on experience and mentorship.

Specialized training in areas like welding, machining, and CNC operation may also be required. Additionally, obtaining relevant certifications and staying updated with industry advancements is important for a successful career in metal fabrication.

Trusted and Trained Fabricators

These educational requirements just touch on some of the most common fabricator jobs. However, there are many disciplines and specializations within the industry.

Our fabricators are trained to the highest standards and rigorously field-tested. They understand assembly safety standards and the entire production process of their specializations.

For professional assistance with construction design or steel fabricators, contact Midwest Steel today!


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