Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship

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*Statistics retrieved from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What Does a Metal Fabricator Do?

Metal fabricators make initial shapes or models to produce molds, forms and dies which are used to mass produce the components of virtually every manufactured metal product. They fabricate, lay out, position, align, and fit parts of structural metal products; such as: frameworks or shells for machinery, ovens, stacks and metal parts for buildings and bridges, according to job order or blueprints.


What Are the Working Conditions?

Most metal fabricators work in factories that are clean, well lit and well ventilated. They wear protective equipment; such as, safety glasses and earplugs to protect against flying particles of metal and noise.  Some work may be in workshops or production areas that can be noisy, hot and dusty. Metal fabricators usually spend most of their day standing and often need to bend, crouch or climb. Some may be required to work in confined spaces or at heights, and many work shifts. They may work in a team or alone. Workshops are generally spacious, ventilated and well lit.

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Additional Resources

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics maintains information on all occupations. For more information on the Metal Fabricator trade in the United States, visit:

Sources: Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Position Descriptions,
Apprenticeship in Wisconsin Handbook

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