How to become a Engineering Tradesperson - 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.

Personal requirements of a Engineering Tradesperson - Fabrication

  • 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

Education & Training for a Engineering Tradesperson - Fabrication

To become a fabrication engineering tradesperson you usually have to complete an apprenticeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 0%

NSW 23.7%

NT 0%

QLD 15.4%

SA 0%

TAS 5.6%

VIC 45.9%

WA 9.4%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 100%

Female 0%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 0%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 34.7%

Above 35 years: 65.2%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
Some fabrication engineering tradesperson roles require working at heights or in confined spaces. When working at heights, industry standards require tradespeople to complete a Work Safely at Heights short course provided by a Registered Training Organisation. Tradespeople who are required to work in confined spaces must have a Confined Space Entry Permit.
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