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Metal Fab Apprenticeships



If you enjoy working with machines, interested in computer programmable machinery and like working with tools, a trade in metal fabrication can turn your interests and passions into a career!

Metal fabrication is the process of building machines and structures from raw metal materials. The process includes cutting, burning, welding, machining, forming and assembly to create the final product.

Your training at CIT will provide you with excellent knowledge of the metal fabrication industry. You will train on-the-job with your employer, building specialised knowledge and contact within industry.

CIT provides quality, industry-relevant education with a high level of personalised support for all CIT students. Our metal fabrication courses are industry applauded and delivered by teachers with expert knowledge, helping you to further your career, upgrade your skills or get your career started.

Career opportunities

A metal fabrication trade can lead to several job opportunities, from welding, air conditioning manufacture, stainless steel, cabinet manufacture, structural steel fabrication, mining and many more. Qualified metal fabrication technicians such as boiler makers, sheet metal workers and welders are in high demand.

Australian Apprenticeships

CIT and an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) can assist you in your endeavour to become a qualified metal fabricator.

An apprenticeship is a training agreement between an employer and apprentice and is usually for a three-to-four-year period. The training agreement includes practical on-the-job experience where apprentices are provided opportunities in the workplace to work with a tradesperson to develop skills relevant to the industry. The apprentice's employment is supported by structured off-the-job training with a registered training organisation (RTO) like CIT, where the apprentice studies and develops the skills identified by the national training package for the metal fabrication industry.

Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASbAs)

An ASbA offers students, 15 years or over, the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised vocational qualification by combining paid work and training as part of their education program. An ASbA is designed to fit within a student's study program whilst at school and can count toward their ACT Senior Secondary Certificate.

Finding an employer

There are many ways to find an apprentice employer. You should use as many methods as you can to improve your chances. Some suggestions include:

  • contacting an Apprenticeship Network Provider
  • searching for job vacancy ads (such as the CIT Employment Opportunities page)
  • advertising your intention for an apprenticeship at local metal fabrication businesses
  • asking around, chatting to people who are in industry, visiting job sites and introducing yourself.

Make a good impression

Offer a resume with your personal information, education, employment history and personal attributes. Be confident and well-presented, make good eye contact and have a positive can-do attitude. Research the industry, the employer's company, the position requirements, and sell your strengths and positive attributes accordingly.

Be study ready

At CIT your success is our priority. Whether you are 'study ready' or your foundation skills (reading, writing and using numbers) could be stronger, we can help you build your industry skills and knowledge. All Australian Apprentices are required to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment before commencing their training. You CIT teachers will help you through this process.

Further information:

Australian Apprenticeships
Apprenticeship Network Providers (ANPs)
Australian School-based Apprenticeships