Pay for fabrication engineers varies depending on experience and specialisation.
Apprentice fabrication engineers may start on the training minimum wage, with their pay increasing as they gain experience and unit standards.
Fabrication engineers with up five year's experience can earn between the minimum wage and and $52,000 a year.
Senior fabrication engineers, or fabrication engineers working in supervisory positions, can earn from $52,000 to $80,000 a year.
Source : Competenz, 2017.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Fabrication engineers may do some or all of the following :
examine drawings and other instructions for jobs
draw patterns and cut them out of different metals
drill and punch holes in the metal for screws, bolts or rivets
fold, form and shape metal
join and weld metal pieces
polish and check the quality of the finished product.
Skills and knowledge
Fabrication engineers need to have :
knowledge of metals and their properties
knowledge of how to use and care for their equipment
understanding of safety procedures
technical skills for drawing and interpreting plans
Fabrication engineers :
usually work regular business hours, but may work shifts, or have to do overtime during busy periods
work in workshops and factories and may also work in commercial buildings or private homes when installing their products
work in conditions that may be dirty and noisy.
There are no specific requirements to become a fabrication engineer. However, some employers prefer you to have a qualification.
However, to become a qualified fabrication engineer you need to complete an apprenticeship and gain either a :
New Zealand Certificate in Engineering - Fabrication (Level 4), which is the new qualification
or a National Certificate in Engineering - Fabrication (Level 4), which is being replaced by the New Zealand Certificate.
For this certificate, you choose to specialise in light fabrication, heavy fabrication, or steel construction.
Industry training organisation Competenz oversees fabrication engineer apprenticeships.
A driver's licence may also be useful.
There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a fabrication engineer. However, NCEA Level 2 maths, physics, English and technology are useful.
For Year 11 to 13 students, the Gateway programme is a good way to gain industry experience.
These programmes may help you gain an apprenticeship, but do not reduce the amount of time it takes to complete it.
Fabrication engineers need to be :
patient and accurate
good at making calculations and working out formulae
able to follow instructions.
Useful experience for fabrication engineers includes :
work in an engineering workshop
any job working with metals and tools.
Fabrication engineers need to have strong arms and hands, as heavy lifting may be required.