Metal fabricator apprenticeship

Manufacture anything that can be fabricated out of metal, such as bridges, oil rigs and ships

A metal fabricator carries out metal fabrication work using rolled steel joists, columns, channels, steel plate and metal sheet to aid the construction and engineering of bridges, oil rigs, ships, petrochemical installations, cranes, platforms, aircraft, automotive and machinery parts, sheet metal enclosures, equipment supports, and anything that can be fabricated out of metal. Fabricators can work alone or in teams, in factories or on operational sites. During the metal fabricator apprenticeship, you’ll use a large range of metals, including steel, aluminium and titanium, at a range of thicknesses. The size and weight of the fabrications can range from components that can easily be picked up by hand, to massive structures that require several cranes to manipulate. In your daily work, you’ll be responsible for the quality and accuracy of your own work while ensuring it conforms to a relevant specification, such as an engineering drawing or an international standard. You’ll also be responsible for the health, safety and environmental protection of yourself and others around you.


Duration: 42 months

Relevant school subjects: DT and science

Entry requirements for the metal fabricator apprenticeship: Four GCSEs, including maths, English and a science

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £24,000 per annum

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