Welder / Fabricator 

As a welder, you fabricate and repair metal products using various welding techniques. 

Other related roles include a metal fabricator, who marks off and fabricates structural steel for structures such as boilers or pressure vessels. While being a sheetmetal trades workers involves marking out and joining sheetmetal to other materials.

A pressure welder assembles, welds and repairs pressure vessels and pipes, and a fitter-welder fabricates production machines and other equipment. 




  • Variety of roles 
  • Earn while you learn 
  • Physical work 

A typical day may involve:

  • aligning parts to be joined using hand tools and measuring instruments
  • joining metal sections using various welding techniques, bolting and riveting
  • examining welds for width of bead, penetration and precision
  • cleaning and smoothing welds by filing, chiselling and grinding

It helps to be good at:

  • Physical tasks 
  • Using tools and machinery 
  • Attention to detail

Qualifications/pathway options:

  • Cert III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade
  • Apprenticeship 

You may be able to work in:

  • Construction 
  • Manufacturing 
  • Mining 

Related Roles 

  • Electrical lineswork 

  • Electrical engineering draftsperson  

  • Electrical engineering technician 


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