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Vocational Qualified

Metal Fabricators, structural steel welders and other engineering tradespeople perform a variety of welding methods either manually, or by machine to build or repair metal components.

Tradespeople read and interpret drawings and welding specifications to achieve required standards.

Tradespeople can specialise in certain types of welding such as pressure vessels, poly welding, structural steel, ships or other machinery or equipment repair.

Metal Fabricators have good maths, mechanical and technical knowledge.

Metal Fabricators enjoy hands-on technical tasks and have good hand/eye coordination and attention to detail.

I gave it a go and I love it” – Paige, Crisp Bros

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Tasks for this role

  • Studying blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine job requirements

  • Selecting, cleaning and preparing metal stock

  • Cutting marked-out metal sections and shapes using hand tools, flame-cutting torches and metal cutting machines

  • Shaping and bending metal sections and pipes using hand and machine tools, and by heating and hammering

  • Aligning parts to be joined using hand tools and measuring instruments

  • Joining metal sections using various welding techniques, bolting and riveting

  • Examining welds for the width of bead, penetration and precision

  • Finishing products by cleaning, polishing, filing and bathing in acidic solutions

  • Cleaning and smoothing welds by filing, chiselling and grinding


  • Medium skill level
  • Below Average Unemployment
  • Practical
  • Heavy physical demand

Education Pathways

  • Certificate III in Engineering (Fabrication), preferably through an apprenticeship. A Certificate I in Metals and Engineering may be considered along with existing skills, experience, or other qualifications for qualification through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
  • Tasmanian Mining Pathways Passport

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