Steel Fabricator


Structural steel fabricators manufacture, assemble, modify and repair steel structures of all types such as steel-framed buildings and bridges. They cut, shape, join and finish steel using detailed specifications to fabricate the members, parts and sub-assemblies of the structure.

Once you are a trade qualified fabricator, there is a range of career paths available, including supervision and inspection. You might decide to open your own business, or move into a quality or compliance role.

What does a steel fabricator do?

Studies blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine job requirements

Selects, cleans and prepares metal stock

Cuts marked-out metal using hand tools, flame cutting torches and cutting machines

Shapes and bends metal using hand and machine, heating and hammering

Joins metal sections using various welding techniques, bolting and riveting

Finishes products by cleaning, polishing, filing and bathing in acidic solutions

What qualifications do I need?

There are no specified educational entry requirements although Year 10 or equivalent is preferred. Training can be started while still at school. After school, the training involves an apprenticeship. 

Examples of TAFE courses:

  • Certificate II in Engineering
  • Certificate III in Engineering (Fabrication) 
  • Certificate IV in Engineering (Fabrication) 
  • Diploma in Engineering – Advanced Trade

What skills do I need?

  • Teamwork and communication
  • Problem solving and critical thinking 
  • Good understanding of maths and English 
  • Enjoy working with your hands
  • Ability to read plans and drawings 
  • Enthusiasm, punctuality and precision

Average salary

A typical entry level position starts from $60,000 per year and with experience and expertise can increase up to $160,000*.

*Factors impacting salary and wages may be due to job location, industry sector for example working at height in construction or the amount of overtime worked.

Why opt for a career in steel?

The steel industry has a profound impact on our daily lives. From the cars we drive, and the houses we live in, to the roads and bridges we travel across every day, the steel industry shapes our world. With a career in steel, students can play a part in this vital industry. Access our resources below to engage your students with the steel industry.