Fabrication Engineer Mataaro Piharoa

Fabrication engineers make, install and repair metal products such as vents, handrails, boilers, aircraft and boat parts, or beams and girders for construction projects. 

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Fabrication engineers may do some or all of the following:

  • examine drawings and other instructions for jobs
  • draw patterns and cut them out of different metals
  • drill and punch holes in the metal for screws, bolts or rivets
  • fold, form and shape metal
  • join and weld metal pieces
  • polish and check the quality of the finished product.

Physical Requirements

Fabrication engineers need to have strong arms and hands, as heavy lifting may be required.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for fabrication engineers includes:

  • welding work
  • work in an engineering workshop
  • any job working with metals and tools.

Personal Qualities

Fabrication engineers need to be:

  • practical
  • patient and accurate
  • good at making calculations and working out formulae
  • able to follow instructions.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for fabrication engineers includes:

  • welding work
  • work in an engineering workshop
  • any job working with metals and tools.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a fabrication engineer. However, NCEA Level 2 maths, physics, English and technology are useful.

 For Year 11 to 13 learners, trades academies and the STAR and Gateway programmes are good ways to gain relevant experience and skills.

These programmes may help you gain an apprenticeship, but do not reduce the amount of time it takes to complete it.

Fabrication Engineers can earn around $39K-$52K per year per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Fabrication Engineer are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Fabrication engineers can progress to work in supervisory roles, or start up their own business.
Fabrication engineers usually specialise in roles such as:
Light Fabrication Engineer
Light fabrication engineers work with light metals such as stainless steel and aluminium to make or repair a variety of metal products, such as vents, handrails and boat parts.
Heavy Fabrication Engineer
Heavy fabrication engineers work with steel and other heavy metals to make or repair metal products such as boilers, hot water tanks and components for building and construction.
Steel Construction Engineer
Steel construction engineers manufacture and install steel components such as beams and girders for structures and civil engineering projects.
Fabrication Engineer

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