Steel Fabrication Training

Steel fabrication work has a big market in the UK; everything from high rise tower blocks and supermarkets to cars and kitchen sinks are produced through steel fabrication. Companies who specialise in this line of work constantly find themselves in high demand and skilled workers in this field are always called upon.

Working in this industry can be hugely rewarding once fully qualified and there are high rates of pay available for people who are competent in all aspects of fabrication. This line of work is classed as skilled work and significant steel fabrication training is needed before a person is able to carry out projects. The UK is a great place for anyone looking to get into this line of work, whether it is as a school leaver or someone who is looking for a career change.

Who is suited to steel fabrication?

Steel fabrication training is ideally suited to anyone that enjoys using their hands to produce and construct metal structures based on the engineering drawings of a draughtsman. It can be a rewarding experience to see a building, bridge or ship fully completed and knowing that a large part of its structure is down to you.

What do steel fabricators do?

Steel fabrication is generally combined with welding and someone qualified in the field will need to be competent in interpreting engineering drawings and then cutting and forming steel to match the specifications of the drawing. They will then need to accurately weld the pieces of steel together according to the drawings.

As-well as the hands on labour aspect of the job, a steel fabricator will be able to read engineered drawings and understand the different metal forming techniques. They will need to be able to use computers in the metal making process and be knowledgeable of the different welding and joining process.

What is involved in steel fabrication training?

A steel fabrication training course will involve all aspects of fabrication, from the reading of drawings to the cutting, forming and welding of steel.

An NVQ level 1 course will generally teach a trainee how to read and work to engineering drawings, how to use hand tools and power equipment such as milling machines and lathes. The production of machined components and welding and steel work will also be involved.

An NVQ level 2 course will cover the same skills as an NVQ level 1 but on a higher level and develop skills in the marking out, cutting and forming of steel components. Training on how to assemble components with metal fasteners, adhesives and welding will also be provided as will the skills for using drilling machines and cutting and forming equipment.

An NVQ level 3 will provide you will the full range of skills needed to be a top level, steel fabricator from the reading of drawings to the full range of cutting, forming and welding skills. NVQ level 1 and 2 qualifications are needed to access this course.

Steel fabrication training is provided by most higher learning colleges throughout the UK and will require one or two years full time study in order to gain a full qualification.

 

 

 

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