Metal Fabricator

  • Westlakes Recruitment
  • New Zealand
  • 30/04/2021
EOI - Expression of Interest Trades

Job Description


STRUCTURAL STEEL AND WELDING TRADES WORKERS cut, shape, join and repair metal components of iron and steel structures, boilers, pressure vessels and pipes, ships and other vessels.

Indicative Skill Level:
Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below. 

In Australia: 

AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)
In New Zealand: NZQF Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)
At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include: 

      • studying blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine job requirements
      • selecting, cleaning and preparing metal stock
      • cutting marked-out metal sections and shapes using hand tools, flame cutting torches and metal cutting machines
      • shaping and bending metal sections and pipes using hand and machine tools, and by heating and hammering
      • aligning parts to be joined using hand tools and measuring instruments
      • joining metal sections using various welding techniques, bolting and riveting
      • examining welds for width of bead, penetration and precision
      • finishing products by cleaning, polishing, filing and bathing in acidic solutions
      • cleaning and smoothing welds by filing, chiselling and grinding


Marks off and fabricates structural steel and other metal stock to make or repair metal products and structures such as boilers and pressure vessels.

Skill Level: 3 


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A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of one strand in the New Zealand Certificate in Engineering Fabrication (Trade) (Level 4) AND a minimum of three years' relevant post-qualification work experience