A fresh graduate who enriches his high school welding experiences can also enhance his basic skills by training as an apprentice in a metal fabrication industry. Fabrication has lately become a form of artistic tool. Nevertheless, youths below eighteen will have to secure prior approval from the Department of Labor.
Skills-enrichment courses for blacksmithing, forging, ironwork, and ornamental metal work can broaden the range of industries where he can find work. Job opportunities in the plastics industries, in laser optics, aerospace, electronics, and automotive shops or dealership outlets as a fabricator will become available to him by the time he reaches the legal age.
Setting one's goals into becoming a Custom Fabricator by acquiring (1) an associate’s degree in fabrication technology or fabrication engineering technology, (2) an accreditation certificate, and (3) years of experience as a metal or sheet fabricator will allow him to transition into this professional career with considerable ease.
A BS degree in Metallurgy Steel can further enhance his computer and mathematical skills to become a topnotch Custom Fabricator who can conceptualize original designs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary of a Custom Fabricator may range from $40,000 to $65,000 but will depend on the fabricator’s experience.
Others even venture into self-employment by taking on sub-contractor jobs in fabricating steel gates, railings, stairs and staircases or railings, and door and window grills for home constructions.