Metal Fabricator


Metal Fabricators are precise, mathematical and hands-on builders who design, create and put together the intricate metal pieces that make up the many products we use every day—from machines to ships.

As a Metal Fabricator, you’ll build, assemble and repair products made of steel or other metals for use in manufacturing and construction industries.  

You’ll draw from your natural skills as a builder, working with your hands to create anything from a container ship to a swivilling chair. You deal with intricate pieces of metal that come together to create something that works as it was intended.

What You'll Learn

  • How to study engineering drawings and blueprints 
  • How to determine the type of metal required for the job 
  • How to construct patterns and templates as guides for layouts 
  • How to assemble and fit together metal using tack welding, bolting and riveting 
  • How to set up and operate heavy-duty and computer numerical control (CNC) metalworking machines 

Key Job Skills

  • Problem solving and math 
  • Drawing and specification interpretation 
  • Trade tools and equipment use 
  • Burning and welding 
  • Fabricating and metallurgy techniques 

Technical Training

To get certified, you will need to sign up for technical training at an approved training provider in addition to on-the-job training. 

Visit Trades Training BC and EducationPlannerBC for a comprehensive list of what programs are available in your trade at public and non-public schools. 

Technical Training 20 weeks over 3 years
Work-Based Training
4800 HOURS
Salary Range Hourly
$21.00 — $42.50

For more information on the Marine Fitter Endorsement please refer to the Marine Fitter - Endorsement Program page.

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  • March 2024: Program Update (IP Exams aligned to 2021 Red Seal Occupational Standards (RSOS)). A Comparative Analysis detailing changes between the 2012 NOA and 2021 RSOS can be found here.


Challenge the


If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification. Learn more about How to Challenge a Skilled Trade.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.