Fabricator: Class B
Report to: Supervisor
Job Summary: Responsible for assembling structural metal products using tools, machines, and their own hands. Fabricates various types of products. Fabricate and assemble structural metal products, such as frameworks or shells for machinery, ovens, tanks, and stacks, and metal parts for buildings and bridges, according to job order or blueprints.
Welder Fabricators may work on projects as big as bridges or as small as bicycles, but their job is essentially the same; designing, cutting and shaping metal. A Welder Fabricator may be involved in the creation of new structures or objects or may be hired to repair existing ones.
Welder Fabricators are generally part of a team of other skilled workers, however, their duties are often performed with minimal supervision so Welder Fabricators must be comfortable working independently in a factory setting. Welder Fabricators rely on the construction and manufacturing industries for employment. The field is expected to grow 6 percent through 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, adding nearly 11,000 jobs annually.
1. Follows layout and plans sequence of operations for fabricating and assembling structural metal products, applying trigonometry and knowledge of metal.
2. Locates and marks bending and cutting lines onto workpiece, allowing for stock thickness and machine and welding shrinkage.
3. Hammers, chips, and grinds workpiece to cut, bend, and straighten metal.
4. Verifies conformance square, ruler, and measuring tape
5. Preheats workpieces to render them malleable, using hand torch or furnace.
6. Positions, aligns, fits, and welds together parts, using jigs, welding torch, and hand tools.
7. May Set up and operate fabricating machines, such as brakes, rolls, shears, flame cutters, and drill presses.
8. May set up and operate machine tools associated with fabricating shops, such as radial drill, end mill, and edge planer.
9. May Design or construct templates and fixtures, using hand tools.
10. May evaluate engineering drawings and ensure implementation according to welding specifications.
11. May perform some welding work with help of forming and cutting equipment.
12. Provide assistance to production process and mound various fixtures.
13. May help design and produce new parts according to BUCYRUS specifications.
14. May perform some welding on various metal objects with help of gas torch and welder.
15. May perform repair to damage alloy articles and prepare new articles with help of welding machines. Perform work with help of various hand and power tools.
16. May analyze diagrams and specifications and cut all metal accordingly with help of welding torch. Assist to remove all soft metal for welding.
17. May Evaluate finished products and perform quality checks on products.
18. May assist in all welding activities such as riveting and welding small parts and finished products. Assemble old units and perform modification and repair work if required.
19. Collaborate work with metal sheets and apply various insulation materials.
20. Welder Fabricators Class B must learn to read and interpret blueprints and engineering plans. The Welder Fabricators will use the blueprints along with other data, such as work plans, to develop and design their welding projects.
21. Fabrication involves laying out, cutting, and fitting, measuring and welding metals to create the desired shape or object. This is highly detailed work and requires the Welder Fabricator to be knowledgeable of many techniques and tools.
22. All Welder Fabricators must constantly inspect and test welds and equipment. Welds are checked for durability as well as meeting specified standards and equipment must be examined to determine if repairs or new equipment is needed.
23. Study and interpret assembly instructions.
24. May Fabricate frameworks or shell for machinery and metal parts for the building.
25. Listen to directions from the Class a Fabricator or Supervisor.
26. Fabricate and assemble structural metal products.
27. Determine if all parts are present.
28. Read and interpret blueprints and sketches.
29. Read parts list.
30. Assemble tools and materials.
31. Position parts and subassemblies.
32. Interpret measurements.
33. Hammer, grinds and chip workpieces.
34. Verify specifications.
35. Assemble components.
36. Ensure all parts are fitted and screwed in properly.
37. Alter dimensions to fit specifications.
38. Resolve assembly and production issues.
39. Complete preventative maintenance.
40. May Troubleshoot malfunctions and perform repairs as needed
41. Ensure working environment is clean and safe.
42. May operate fabricating machines.
43. Report errors in product line.
44. Check stock to ensure inventory is replenished.
45. Complete quality control forms.
46. Place orders for supplies.
47. Participate in product development.
48. Build prototypes and test products.
49. Uses spot welding gun or hand, electric, or gas welding equipment to weld or tack weld pieces together.
50. Unites pipes from torch to tanks of oxygen and fuel gas, and turns valves to release mixture.
51. Reaching expected temperature, size, and color of flame by burning torch and adjusting flow of gas and air.
52. Preheats work pieces for the preparation of welding or curving, using torch.
53. Fulfils holes or corrects mistakes in lead pieces, and makes bulges thin and curves in metal work pieces.
54. Checks the weakness of work pieces and measures work pieces with straightedge or template to make sure the properness for specifications.
55. Swarms up ladders or works on scaffolds to take apart textures.
56. Gives signal to crane operator to lift large work pieces.
57. Uses thermal-cutting equipment such as flame-cutting torch or plasma-arc equipment to dismount metal assemblies or cut scrap metal.
58. Uses hoist, crane, wire and banding machine, or hand tools to place and protect work pieces.
59. Bases on type, thickness, area, and expected temperature of metal to choose, place, and protect torch.
60. Instructs and brings flame or electrodes on or across work piece to straighten, curve, dissolve, or develop metal.
61. Joins pieces together, covers up taut points, and adds metal to develop parts.
1. At least 3 years work related experience.
2. High school diploma or equivalent required.
3. Some college preferred.
4. Good communication skills and attention to detail.
5. Technical and mechanical acumen.
6. Knowledge of MS Office helpful but not necessary. (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
7. Knowledge of KCS On Track Safety Rules, General Code of Operating Rules, FRA Title 49, Track Safety Standards Part 213, and Railroad Workplace Safety and Bridge Worker Safety Part 214
8. Must be willing to acquire 3G welding certificate to be qualified to make weld repairs on freight rail cars. The company will assist in getting the selected applicant certified: Flux, Stick, MIG
9. A successful Welder Fabricator enjoys working with their hands and has an analytical mind. They can physically meet the demands of the job and have an eye for detail. In addition to these traits, employers look for applicants with the following skillsets.
10. Core skills: Based on job listings we looked at, employers want Welder Fabricators with these core skills. If you want to work as a Welder Fabricator, focus on the following.
11. Ability to use variety of tools and equipment.
12. Basic math skills and mechanical aptitude.
13. Ability to read blueprints and recognize welding symbols and specifications
14. Knowledge of industry safety practices.
15. Advanced skills: While most employers did not require the following skills, multiple job listings included them as preferred. Add these to your Welder Fabricator toolbox and broaden your career options.
- Heavy work, lifting up to 70 pounds occasionally and up to 100 pounds on a rare basis
- Exposure to equipment that intensifies the heat factor on an occasional basis
- Verbal comprehension (Understand oral and written communications)
- Reasoning skills (problem solving and troubleshooting skills)
- Mechanical aptitude
- Work safely to prevent on the job accidents and injuries
- Wear protective equipment such as hard hat, hearing protection, or safety-toe boots
- Work hours may include a nonstandard workweek, overtime, and various shift work
- Complete annual training and pass safety rules examinations
- Must pass all required assessments
- Must pass a background screening