Metal Fabricator



OFO No: 651401





Other names for Metal Fabricator:

  • Brass Finisher
  • Metal Fabricator-welder
  • Structural Steel Tradesperson
  • Template Maker


Youtube clip – Meet a Precision Metal Fabricator

For training options in South Africa – scroll down


What is a Metal Fabricator?

A Metal Fabricator usually works with steel or other ferrous (iron-containing) metals. 

They cut and shape metal pieces for:

  • Large pieces:  for bridges, ships, industrial machinery etc
  • Small pieces:  for bicycles, furniture, household items etc

What does a Metal Fabricator do?

  • reads engineering drawings and blueprints
  • uses computers as part of the fabrication process
  • cuts and bends and shapes metal pieces
  • uses various tools to complete piece:  saws, torches etc

Are you … ?

  • good with your hands?
  • a person who likes making things?
  • able to think and work in 3D?
  • computer literate?
  • safety conscious?
  • a person with good eyesight?

How do I become a Metal Fabricator?


  • Apprenticeship
  • Trade Test


  • A series of Learnerships
  • Trade Test


  • Internship


  • RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) for Artisans: CLICK HERE
  • If you have already been working a long time as a Metal Fabricator without qualifications, you may be able to get your qualification through RPL
  • Trade Test


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Boilermaker … or … Automotive Sheet Metal Worker

Is becoming a Metal Fabricator the right career choice for me?