Fabrication engineering tradespersons cut, shape, join and finish metal to make, maintain or repair metal products and structures. They may produce moulds or patterns for metal castings, apply coatings and work with a variety of materials.

Where fabrication engineering tradespersons are employed

Fabrication engineering tradespersons work for engineering and construction firms, motor vehicle and other manufacturers, the minerals industry, shipyards, and electricity and gas supply authorities. Some are employed by federal and state or territory government departments. They may work in metropolitan areas, large regional industrial centres, and on remote mining and processing projects.

"I'm also given the opportunity to shape and influence a dynamic, young, forward-thinking, multi-million dollar business, which even in the current climate is expanding in many industries such as Oil & Gas, which is really exciting" - Emilio De Stefano, General Manager Smart Fabrication.


Full-time engineering tradespersons – fabrication in South Australia generally earn between $800 and $1,249 per week.

Graph of pay scales for engineering tradesperson fabriciations

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 2,749 people employed full-time as engineering tradespersons – fabrication in South Australia compared with 2,376 in 2006.

How to become one

Usually you need to complete an apprenticeship in engineering - fabrication trade.

For more information see apprenticeships.

At school consider doing industrial arts, maths and physics. Ask your career adviser about starting this training at school.

See courses related to this occupation.

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