A career in metal fabrication is a rewarding, exciting and lucrative one. The benefits to this growing field include steady employment, solid income potential, and the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that fabricator employment rose 2.3% in 2016. The average hourly wage of $19.23 per hour and a mean annual wage of $40,000 makes a career in fabrication an excellent choice. Fabricator jobs account for 1.8 million in today’s workforce. If you are a fabricator, you can find employment in several different industries. These include: industrial, transportation, shipping, motor vehicle, body and trailer manufacturing, engines and turbines, aerospace and rail transportation.
What do Fabricators do?
Most metal fabricators work for a fabrication company or in a manufacturing plant. Metal fabricators utilize raw metals and machinery to fabricate, position, align and fit metal products for a large variety of products and industries.
Skills and Training
Typically, the minimum education for a fabricator requires a high school diploma followed by technical training. The technical training will include hands-on learning of fabrication fundamentals including: safety, blueprint reading, math, MIG/TIG/stick welding, sheet metal fabrication, part constructing/forming and project building. These skills and theories of metal fabrication are critical to success in the field. A great training program will provide education and hands-on training using state-of-the-art equipment.
Lee Contracting employs an unparalleled staff of skilled craftsmen and state-of-the-art equipment to best serve our customers. Our experienced fabrication crews work closely with our other in-house departments to create high-quality work that delivers.
You can view and apply for our current job openings here. We are a 100% employee-owned company offering great benefits including 401k, health insurance and paid vacation.