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Metal Fabricator

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€21k > 37
Metal Fabricator
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€21 - 37
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

This occupation has experienced strong employment growth in recent years. Employers have indicated a significant difficulty in sourcing suitably qualified welders. The difficult to fill relates to companies that are supplying products for the high tech manufacturing sector.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

8%
Occupational Category

Metal Fabricators, Welders & Related Trades

Also included in this category:

Blacksmiths; farriers; core makers (metal trades); moulders (metal trades); die casters; sheet metal workers; sheet metal fabricators; panel beaters (metal trades); welders; fabricators/welders; welding technicians.

Number Employed:

10,200

Part time workers: 6%
Non-Nationals: 24%
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At a Glance... header image

Makes steel girders and metal structures for use in the construction of buildings and other heavy duty equipment.


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The Work header image

Metal fabricators cut and shape steel with the aid of oxy-acetylene equipment and powerful guillotines. They bend and fold steel using powerful brake presses to produce a wide range of steel products. Grinding, shot blasting and galvanising are techniques used in the finishing of heavy metal products.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Verify conformance of workpieces to specifications, using squares, rulers, and measuring tapes.

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Align and fit parts according to specifications, using jacks, turnbuckles, wedges, drift pins, pry bars, and hammers.

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Move parts into position, manually or with hoists or cranes.

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Position, align, fit, and weld parts to form complete units or subunits, following blueprints and layout specifications, and using jigs, welding torches, and hand tools.

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Study engineering drawings and blueprints to determine materials requirements and task sequences.

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Set up and operate fabricating machines, such as brakes, rolls, shears, flame cutters, grinders, and drill presses, to bend, cut, form, punch, drill, or otherwise form and assemble metal components.

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Lay out and examine metal stock or workpieces to be processed to ensure that specifications are met.

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Tack-weld fitted parts together.

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Lift or move materials and finished products, using large cranes.

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Remove high spots and cut bevels, using hand files, portable grinders, and cutting torches.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Controlling Machines and Processes: Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Performing General Physical Activities: Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material: Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment: Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Mechanical: Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Building and Construction: Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

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Design: Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Quality Control Analysis: Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Good eyesight and hearing are important. You need physical fitness to lift and carry equipment.  
 
You must be able to work without close supervision. You need to be able to follow technical instructions carefully, and follow safety procedures at all times.


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