Metal fabricators (Fitters) (437A) make and repair parts used in the construction of buildings, bridges, tanks, towers, boilers, pressure vessels and other structures and products. They lay out, cut and fabricate structural steel, plate and different ferrour and non-ferrous metals used in a variety of manufacturing and construction industries.
Job Related Skills, Interests and Values
To view the Essential Skills necessary to work in this occupation, click on the following link for Fitter/ Fabricator NOC code 7263:
Additional information on training standards for this particular trade in the Industrial sector may be found on the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website at: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/trades/training-standards1/industrial
What Preparation and Training Do You Need?
To become a Metal Fabricator (Fitter), you should preferably have a secondary school diploma with credits in mathematics (particularly technical math) and some shop courses this is usually required by employers and unions today, but grade 10 is currently the legal minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades. Completion of a 4680 hours of on-the-job training, as well as three in-school training sessions of 10, 7 and 7 weeks for a total of 5400 hours, before successfully writing an examination to obtain your Certificate of Qualification. General skills can sometimes be transferable to other trades as well.
What’s Your Future as a Metal Fabricator (Fitter)?
Most workers in this occupation work full-time, sometimes in shift work, usually indoors in fabricating shops or factories. Some may also work outdoors fitting and fastening sub-assemblies. The work itself can be dangerous and there is always the risk of injury. Metal Fabricators (Fitters) usually hold certificates in welding to be competitive in this trade. People who work in this trade must also keep up with new technology such as CNC and plasma cutting equipment. Some workers are self-employed or over time enter supervisory or management ranks. Examples of companies that employ Metal Fabricator (Fitters) include:
Ask Yourself: Is Working as a Metal Fabricator (Fitter) For You?
If you answered Yes to most of these questions, Metal Fabricator (Fitter) may be for you!
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