A fabricator’s job is somewhat similar to that of an assembler, though it should be noted that there are still some very noticeable differences between them. The job of a fabricator is usually much more involved and demanding than that of an assembler, and sometimes requires very specialized skills and knowledge in a particular area in order to be successful. A fabricator will traditionally work with metal, though some companies employ fabricators for the purpose of working with other materials, such as plastic and glass (rarely). A fabricator’s job isn’t entirely monotonous and pre-defined like that of an assembler, and often requires analytical skills and proper deductive thinking.
There are normally no higher education requirements for becoming a fabricator, and a high school diploma will be sufficient in most cases. Sometimes, when the job involves working with some more specialized equipment, fabricators will be required to pass a training course designed to familiarize them with that technology. Additionally, a certification may be required in some jurisdictions, for working with specific materials.
A fabricator earns more than an assembly worker in general, due to the more demanding nature of the job. The median salary for 2009 was $36,000, and the job holds plenty of opportunities for progressing up the career ladder and securing some even more attractive pay rates. However, it can also hold some serious health hazards which are rarely offset by the salary, which creates a rather low level of interest in the position. The upper earning limit is around $50,000.