Reports to: Foreperson/Leading Hand

Main objectives: Fit, assemble and weld metal parts and subassemblies to fabricate production machines and other equipment.

Typical functions and responsibilities:

  • Study blueprints, drawings or specifications to determine appropriate welding processes and other job requirements.
  • Clean and prepare surfaces for welding by flame-cutting, thermal cutting, gouging, bevelling, grinding or filing.
  • Align parts to be joined using hand tools and measuring instruments.
  • Cut marked-out metal sections and shape using hand tools, flame cutting torches and metal cutting machines.
  • Shape and bend metal sections and pipes using hand and machine tools, and by heating and hammering.
  • Join metal sections using various welding techniques, bolting and riveting.
  • Finish products by cleaning, polishing, filing and bathing in acidic solutions.
  • Repair metal products by dismantling, straightening, reshaping and reassembling parts.

Typical qualifications and experience: Trade Certificate or Level 4 National Certificate in Engineering Heavy Fabrication