How to Get a Job as a Fabricator
Mechanical skills and physical strength aren’t the only qualities necessary for excelling in the fabricator field. Dexterity, solid mathematical skills and stamina are also musts. “The more special skills a fabricator has, the more valuable he or she is to an employer,” Davis says. Knocking on doors can also help prospective fabricators get their foot in the door, according to Davis. “Approach a local shop and see if they need help. Many of them will consider employing younger people who are also going to school,” he says. “The average age of folks in manufacturing is in the 50s, so these companies are looking for new blood. It’s just a matter of knocking on the right door.”
|Upward Mobility||fair Average|
|Stress Level||poor Above Average|
|Flexibility||poor Below Average|
What is the Job Like?
Like assemblers, the majority of fabricators work full-time schedules at manufacturing plants, occasionally taking on evening and weekend shifts. Thanks to the wide use and proliferation of power tools, the physically demanding tasks of tightening massive bolts and sliding heavy parts into the proper positions are much easier now than they were in the past. These workers are often exposed to fiberglass, which may irritate skin so they are urged to wear gloves and long sleeves for protection. Fabricators must also wear respirators since they might be exposed to fumes (like fiberglass resin) or harsh chemicals.
Last updated by Harriet Edleson.