WHAT DO FABRICATORS DO?
If you have been on a plane, own a computer, or used a cell phone, chances are it has been touched by a fabricator. Fabricators are the people who create the components that go into small and large scale products, from toys to tanks. Fabricators, who are similar to assemblers, might work on putting together one set of components or work on the finished product. Sometimes this is done by hand, but often this is done with robots and computers and other devices that make the assembly process faster and more precise. fabricator jobs can be easy or incredibly complicated, and require skills such as reading schematics, quality control and technical/mechanical know-how.
HOW MUCH DO FABRICATORS MAKE?
This depends on your specialty, your company and what you fabricate. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median income for assemblers and fabricators in 2010 was $13.63 per hour, or $28,360 a year.
However, median income for aircraft assemblers was $44,820 annually. Coil winders earned a median income of $28,650 a year, and most other fabricators earned something between the two.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
Education depends on the industry you want to join. A high school diploma is required for most starting fabricator jobs, but more training and experience will be needed for advanced work. Getting an associate's degree through a technical school will greatly improve your chances at getting an advanced fabricator job.
Certification is available, and if going into the aerospace or defense industry field, required.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Color Vision: Fabricators will need to be able to identify different color wires, tabs and electronic components in order to put them together correctly.
- Dexterity: Fabricators work with their hands, whether directly manipulating components or using controls on an assembly machine.
- Math: Basic math is needed due to the technological needs of many fabrication plants.
- Mechanical/Technical Skills: Fabricators need to be able to read and understand blueprints, manuals, and work with computers, machines and motion-control robots to do their job.