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Fabricators fabricate, fit, assemble and weld metal parts, structures and equipment with a high level of precision and accuracy.

Fabrication is a skilled trade. Becoming a fabricator usually requires completing an apprenticeship. Fabricators might hand tool metal components and parts, or they may be responsible for programming machinery. They also need to be able to read and follow technical drawings and specifications. The work can be physically demanding, and requires good hand-eye coordination and attention to detail.

In the space industry, fabricators make components and structures for spacecraft, satellites, ground stations, spaceports and rockets. They may work for large aerospace firms, or for workshops and plants that supply to the space industry.

Study pathway

Becoming a fabricator usually requires completing an apprenticeship. Employers generally require apprentices to have a minimum Year 10 education.

The following TAFE courses are relevant to becoming a fabricator:

Industry-recognised certifications relevant to fabricators include:

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