Different career paths

How to Become a

Fabricator

Also Known as:
Field Installer, HVAC Sheet Metal Installer (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Sheet Metal Installer), Journeyman Sheet Metal Worker, Sheet Metal Apprentice, Sheet Metal Fabricator, Sheet Metal Foreman, Sheet Metal Installer, Sheet Metal Layout Mechanic, Sheet Metal Mechanic, Sheet Metal Worker

What is a

Fabricator

Fabricate, assemble, install, and repair sheet metal products and equipment, such as ducts, control boxes, drainpipes, and furnace casings. Work may involve any of the following: setting up and operating fabricating machines to cut, bend, and straighten sheet metal; shaping metal over anvils, blocks, or forms using hammer; operating soldering and welding equipment to join sheet metal parts; or inspecting, assembling, and smoothing seams and joints of burred surfaces. Includes sheet metal duct installers who install prefabricated sheet metal ducts used for heating, air conditioning, or other purposes.
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Why Become

Fabricator

U.S. Employment Demand Metrics
2018:
143000
2028:
154400
Percent Change:
8%
Projected Annual Job Openings:
17300

Skills Needed

General Skills:
Operation Monitoring Active Listening Critical Thinking Operation and Control Speaking Complex Problem Solving
Technical Skills:
Electronic mail software Enterprise resource planning ERP software Industrial control software Operating system software Spreadsheet software

What Will You Do as a

Fabricator

Create construction or installation diagrams. Review blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements . Measure materials or objects for installation or assembly. Mark reference points on construction materials. Assemble products or production equipment. Weld metal components.
U.S. Employment Demand Metrics
2018:
143000
professionals
2028:
154400
professionals
Percent Change:
8%
Projected Annual Job Openings:
17300

How Much Can You Earn?

Average Yearly Salary
$50,400
$30,260
$50,400
$78,070

What Education Do You need?

People starting in this career usually have
Less than High School Diploma
13
%
High School Diploma or Equivalent
47
%
Some College, but No Degree
26
%
Associate's Degree
9
%
Bachelor's Degree
5
%
Masters Degree
0
%
Doctorate or Professional Degree
0
%

Common Past Positions

General Laborer Material Handler Machine Operator (lots of types) Warehouse associate Production Worker

Common Next Positions

Welder (MIG/TIG/Spot)
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