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