In the manufacturing industry, metal fabricators create products from a variety of metals, including sheet, wire, pipe and aluminum. Some of these products are decorative, such as kitchenware, furniture and jewelry. Other fabricated products are useful in industrial operations, such as engine attachments and HVAC components.
A metal fabrication job typically involves three phases. The first is the drafting stage, which involves shop drawings to fit the dimensions of the finished product. Next is the assembling phase, which consists of putting the pieces together. After the assembly is complete, the metal is often finished by welding or finishing.
Metal fabrication is a key component of the automotive and aerospace industries. It is also important in residential homes. Fabricated metal parts are found in ductwork, animal cages, shelving, desktop paper trays, and HVAC components.
Many manufacturers and construction companies employ metal fabricators. Depending on the type of work, a fabricator might use rivets, threaded fasteners, or welding. He or she may wear protective clothing and safety equipment such as heavy boots and a protective helmet.
Metal fabrication is an essential part of technologically advanced industries, such as aerospace and healthcare. Good fabricators are well-trained and have a high degree of skill and dexterity. They help customers make efficient choices by delivering quality and customized parts.
To work as a metal fabricator, you need a good eye for detail, as well as a strong working knowledge of computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD) software. You also need to be accustomed to using automated machinery.
Carolina Fabricators, Inc.
West Columbia, SC 29172