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Consider Becoming a Fabricator

A career in metal fabrication is lucrative, rewarding and exciting. The benefits to this growing field include steady employment, solid income potential and the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects.

Career Outlook
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that fabricator employment rose 2% from 2017 to 2018. The average hourly wage of $20.02 per hour and a mean annual wage of $41,640 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.

Fabricator jobs

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.

Our People
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.

Call us today to receive your free quote (888) 833-8776 or visit our website.

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Industrial Fabrication Services

The metal fabrication industry has broad applications across many industries. The process of metal fabrication includes the building of machines and structures from raw metal materials. Standard raw materials used include plate metal, fittings, castings, formed and expanded metal, sectional metal, flat metal and welding wire. These processes include cutting, burning, welding, machining, forming and assembly to create the final product.

Lee Contracting has a state-of-the-art in-house fabrication shop with full capabilities. Our expert fabricators handle custom design and installation of everything from stairs and mezzanines to pump skids and structural steel layouts.

Lee Contracting fabrication department benefits:

  • Custom 2D and 3D design with in-house engineering
  • On-site design staff, from small weldments to large structures
  • Structural engineers stamp and certify all structures and designs
  • Utilizing the latest versions of AutoCAD and SOLIDWORKS
  • AWS D1.1-certified welders in multiple positions and processes
  • Fully equipped welding and fabrication rigs with 24-hour service
  • Experienced with carbon steel, stainless and aluminum
  • Full machining capabilities
  • Final paint completed in-house or onsite

water jet cutting machineUtilizing our extensive list of fabrication equipment, Lee Contracting can complete all your fabrication needs. Our in-house fabrication equipment includes:

  • HyDefinition Plasma Machine (1 ½” thick pierce and 2 ½” thick edge cutting capabilities)
  • OMAX waterjet cutting machine
  • Baileigh tube bender
  • Oxyfuel up to 6” cutting capabilities
  • 12’ Press Brake
  • 12’ Shears to ½” thick
  • Ironworker/Punch Press
  • MIG, TIG, ARC
  • Automated Band Saws

Visit our website to learn more about our fabrication & turn-key solutions to complete your job safely.

Call us to learn about our turn-key services and receive your free quote today, (888) 833-8776.

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Consider Becoming a Fabricator

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.

 

Career Outlook
industrial fabricationThe 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.

 

Our People

industrial fabrication

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.

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Fabricating Success for Every Customer

Lee Contracting has a state-of-the-art in-house fabrication shop with full capabilities. Our expert fabricators handle custom design and installation of everything from stairs and mezzanines to pump skids and structural steel layouts. We have structural engineers stamp and certify all structures and designs. We also offer 24-hour welding and fabrication services and full machining capabilities.

 

Lee’s fabricating teams are routinely exceeding our customer’s expectations. One example of this is when US Ecology was looking to replace seven tanks at their facility in Belleville, MI. Other contractors said it would take 26 weeks to replace one tank. Lee came in and set a very aggressive timeline to replace all seven tanks. We started replacing the tanks two at a time, in a three-week window. All seven tanks were fabricated in our 40,000 square foot in-house fabrication shop. Each tank, which weighed about 150,000 pounds, were then loaded on to one of Lee’s trucks and transported from Pontiac to be installed at the US Ecology facility in Belleville, Michigan.

 

Fabrication, Welding

Another example of exceeding our customer’s expectations came when Steel Dynamics needed a liner built for their descaling pit. This liner protects the concrete of the pit from eroding during the descaling process. The liner is approximately 9 ft. x 8 ft. x 10 ft. tall. We only had a small window of time to fabricate the liner and transport it down to the customer’s facility in Indiana. If the timeline was not met, the customer would lose out on valuable production time. We met the customer’s deadlines to ensure they would not lose any production time.

 

These are just two of our fabrication shop success stories. If you are impressed and want to find out more about how Lee Contracting’s fabrication department can be an asset to your business visit our fabrication page. Or, if you’re ready to request a quote, you can do so here.