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Boilermaker (Heavy Fabrication)

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.

Duties & Tasks
Fabrication engineering tradespeople may perform the following tasks:
  • examine detailed drawings or specifications to find out job, material and equipment requirements
  • cut, roll, shape, bend, mould, spin, heat or hammer metal products to fabricate parts or sub-assemblies
  • heat treat metal parts and components
  • set up and/or operate hand and machine tools, welding equipment or Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines
  • assemble parts and structures by lining up and joining them by welding, bolting or riveting
  • finish products by cleaning, polishing, filing or bathing them in acid solutions, or by applying protective or decorative coatings.
  • Working conditions
    Fabrication engineering tradespeople work in workshops or production areas that can be noisy, hot and dusty. They usually spend most of their day standing and often need to bend, crouch or climb. Some may be required to work in confined spaces or at heights, and shift work may be involved. They may work in a team or alone. Workshops are generally spacious, ventilated and well lit.par Fabrication engineering tradespeople must be aware of safety regulations and must wear protective equipment to minimise heat and noise levels, and to guard against corrosive chemicals.
    Personal requirements
  • enjoy working with machines
  • interested in computer-programmable machinery
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • strength to handle materials, tools and machines
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • able to work in a team or independently
  • patient
  • able to carry out accurate work
  • safety-conscious.
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