Were you the type of kid who took things apart and put them back together? If so, a career in metal fabrication may be in your future. While few youngsters may have expressed to their parents that someday they wanted to be a pipefitter, fabricator or welder, many children do show a talent for building or creating things and working with their hands.
There is a growing demand in the metal fabrication industry and at Wiley Metal for those seeking to start or change careers. The U.S. Department of Labor expects job opportunities in the industry to grow up to 22% in the next decade. This growth is attributed to an expanding economy, advancing technology and the large segment of workers who are reaching retirement age. A career in metal fabrication is more varied than many believe, offering solid pay and the satisfaction of creating products that are tangible.
The barriers to entering a career in metal fabrication may also be minimal. It will, however, take good math and communication skills.
The Role of Good Communications in Metal Fabrication
There are so many layers of communications in metal fabrication, the ability to communicate clearly is critical. There are communications between sales and a client, a client and engineering, and engineering to management and to production. Many projects are handled by teams. Expectations and instructions must be clear starting from project acquisition through final delivery and acceptance. Drawings need to be precise and clearly understood. If you are the type of person who can communicate well, you have an important skill for our industry.
The Importance of Math in Metal Fabrication
You may be better at math than you think. Many skilled in mathematics, for example, have a talent for putting puzzles together and figuring things out. Math and measuring are critical in metal fabrication, especially at Wiley Metal, where we make so many parts that must work in conjunction with pieces made elsewhere. Drawings must be followed exactly and measurements must be precise. Even a small error can lead to costly delays and waste. The expression “Measure twice, cut once” may have first been spoken on a metal fabrication shop floor.
Types of Careers in Metal Fabrication
The more you know about the varied careers available in metal fabrication, the more likely you will discover a career of interest for you. Those interested in technology may enjoy becoming a CAD Designer. If you appreciate seeing a job well-done, explore the many types of opportunities in welding, including laser welding. Creative types will enjoy the satisfaction of becoming a fabricator, and if you are good at figuring things out, engineering may be for you. If working with your hands is your thing, consider becoming a machinist. Those who tend to have perfectionist qualities may fit well in quality control. Each position will require good math and solid communication skills.
Career paths in metal fabrication are extremely varied. Entry-level jobs may only take a GED or high school diploma. Welding will involve completion of classes at a trade school and certifications. Jobs in engineering will take a college degree. The key is exploring the types of jobs available, deciding which one or ones appeal to you, and setting upon the path best suited to take you there.
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