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.
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Skilled trades are a critical part of the nation’s workforce. The economy is improving and as baby boomers rapidly approach retirement, the need for tradespeople to replace them is continuing to increase. Many of these positions are in the industrial field. Here are four types of in-demand industrial careers and Lee Contracting’s open positions in the field.
Electricians install, repair, and maintain electrical wiring and equipment. Growth in the construction industry will mean more demand for electricians. At Lee Contracting, we currently are hiring: an electrical apprentice, master/journeyman electricians, journeyman electricians and an electrical estimator.
Carpenters can be involved in many different aspects of construction. They can do anything from framing walls and setting concrete forms to building bridges and installing cabinets. Growth in the industrial field will boost the demand for carpenters over the next few years. Lee Contracting is currently looking to hire a building department estimator.
- Industrial machinery mechanic
This career is expected to have much faster-than-average job growth between 2016 and 2026—as machinery gets increasingly sophisticated, more mechanics will be needed to keep the equipment in good working order. Lee Contracting is currently hiring the following positions for their maintenance and repair department: machinist, industrial maintenance technician, machine repair journeyman, industrial maintenance technician-hydraulics and a field machinist.
- Heavy truck driver
Most of the freight in the U.S. is transported by truck. Heavy truck drivers are needed to move goods from one place to another. Lee Contracting is hiring a CDL-A driver with 2 years of experience and a clean driving record.