Steel Fabrication Jobs

Steel fabrication covers a large market and is a commonly used process across the world in retail, automotive, ship building, agriculture, domestic and public sectors. Many of the UK’s city centres are dominated with buildings which are only made possible through steel fabrication and even items at home such as our kitchen sink or garden gates are achieve through the fabricating process.

Steel fabrication jobs are carried out daily across the world and create work for millions of people worldwide; the UK is a particularly competitive market for fabrication companies and there is much more on offer than purely providing the steel for a job.

What does steel fabrication involve?

There are various elements to steel fabrication jobs and different skills are required to complete a project to a client’s requirements.

A fabricator must be able to read engineering drawings and interpret them in a way that takes the design from paper into the real world. The drawings generally come in 2D and 3D and are designed by draughtsmen, often supplied by the fabrication companies. The draughtsmen are able to work alongside clients to produce finely engineered drawings for the fabricators to follow.

The fabricator will use the drawing to cut and form the steel to the exact specifications of shape and sizes required, and then weld them together. From here the steel is taken to site for assembly.

What skills are needed for steel fabrication?

Steel fabrication jobs can be tremendously well paid and lead to work at home and abroad, completing projects of different kinds. To become a fabricator you will need to be skilled and qualified in all aspects of the job, unlike some jobs, becoming a fabricator will take two to three years of fulltime training via an apprenticeship or through college.

When training as a fabricator you will also learn the necessary welding skills to ensure that you can operate in both areas of fabrication. During training you will learn:

  • The use of industrial equipment
  • Fabricating and welding theory
  • Key skills
  • Safety aspects
  • All aspects and methods of welding
  • How to read and work from engineered drawings
  • Pattern development
  • The measuring, marking, cutting and shaping of metal

Finding steel fabrication jobs

Because of the high level skill involved, steel fabrication jobs are constantly available and skilled workers are able to command a high wage bracket for their services. As-well as having the necessary qualifications needed, experience goes a long way in finding you a job.

As a young person it can be worthwhile searching for an apprenticeship opportunity, although this will initially be low paid, you are able to learn the skills as you work and are generally kept on fulltime as you become qualified. Visiting apprenticeships.org.uk is a good place to find work as a trainee steel fabricator.

If you already have the necessary qualifications, then there are plenty of job websites that advertise available steel fabrication jobs. The UK has numerous good websites to visit for potentially opportunities, including:

  • Jobsite.co.uk
  • Jobisjob.co.uk
  • Totaljobs.co.uk
  • Themanufacturingjob.com
  • Direct.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

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