What is the work of someone who does metal fabrication in Ontario? A precision metal fabricator make metal parts, products as well as components to close tolerances for the medical, telecommunication, transportation and even high tech industries.
Job Related Values and Skills
- Interpreting as well as verifying engineering drawings so that layouts and programs will be produced which are needed in manufacturing a product.
- Performing metal fabrication in Ontario with the use of computerized calculation programs, calculators, heat shrinkage charts and some math formulae.
- Transferring engineering specifications to the material at hand or to machine controls called the CNC; writing, editing and even verifying the layout program by referring to the different CAD drawings and machine program manuals.
- Preparing, planning and organizing the metal fabrication process by looking at the operations required, the needed equipments for the job and the optimum scheduling times in order to meet customer as well as engineering requirements.
- Using different measuring tools like calipers, verniers, tapes, rules, micrometers, calculators, squares, protractors, depth, dividers and even height gauges.
- Inspecting and verifying the quality of the various part of the product, testing welds, finishing edges as well as surfaces and recording the quality assurance data gathered.
- Perform some intricate metal removal operations with the use of correct hand and bench utilities for optimum cutting; performing bending operations and punch.
- Working cooperatively with co-workers and supervisors.
- Continuously learning about the new advances in metalworking technologies and techniques so that the customer demand is met.
Preparation and Training
In order for you to become an apprentice, you should be at least 16 years old or older in the province of Ontario and you should have completed Grade 12 or equivalent. High school courses in drafting, physics, math, industrial arts and computer assisted design or even involvement in experiential learning will be a great asset for you. Completion of this apprenticeship as a certified precision metal fabricator will often take you 8,000 hours and will also include classes at community colleges and also on the job training. This is the minimum to be apprenticed if you want to practice this trade under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act of 2009.
Most of those who are engaged doing metal fabrication in Ontario work full time in an industry which is ever growing in importance and demand. A mechanical aptitude as well as an interest in blueprint reading and also in computer aided design will be ideal. Interest in working with different metals used like stainless steel, aluminum, cold rolled steel, copper, brass and plastics which is used in the manufacturing processes of components and parts in the aircraft industry, data processing, communications, photography, good processing, transportation, ship building areas, medial and defense. You may enjoy employment within the following areas: electronics, aluminum frames and door manufacturers, ship building, precision metal manufacturers, automotive industry and appliance manufacturing.
The wage in this industry is also very much competitive depending on the sector and experience.