Cutting, Bending and Assembling
Fabrication is the process of cutting, bending and assembling light metal structures like cabinets, furniture, ventilation ducting, roofing, flashings etc. Lightweight metal is rolled off rolls and usually cut by computer-controlled laser or turret press. The resulting shape can be folded and spot welded and finally powder coated and assembled into the final product. Strength is achieved by use of folds and support rather than a heavy frame. Products such as heaters and whiteware are commonly used in family homes whereas Ducting and Roofing is used in factories and large buildings.
Fisher and Paykel are a large engineering company that manufacture ovens, washers and other appliances and ship them throughout the world. Other engineering companies make heaters, mailboxes, hot water cylinders and a range of other smaller products. Some specialist engineers that produce ducting and ventilation systems also utilise the skills of other specialist engineers like Plumbers, Electrical Engineers, Plastic Engineers, Toolmakers, Design Engineers and CAD/Drafts people.
There are a great variety of skills required in designing, manufacturing and installing these customised products, so there are many career pathways and choices that you have when considering a career in any of these engineering jobs.
Entry into Fabrication
Entry into Fabrication can be through work experience or pre-trade from other non related professions. Practical skills are very important in understanding how objects are made, and later a person can progress to design and management roles as their career develops.