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322 Fabrication Engineering Trades Workers

ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
Reference period
2021

322 Fabrication Engineering Trades Workers

Fabrication Engineering Trades Workers cast, shape, cut, join and finish metal. Panel Beaters and Vehicle Body Builders are excluded from this minor group.

Panel Beaters and Vehicle Body Builders are included in Minor Group 324 Panelbeaters, and Vehicle Body Builders, Trimmers and Painters.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this minor group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • studying blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine requirements and material, and selecting metal stock
  • moulding molten metal, and applying protective and decorative finishes to metal products
  • drawing and marking out patterns
  • heating metal stock and shaping it using hammers
  • cutting stock and moulding components to shape using hand tools, cutting torches and machine tools
  • joining components by welding, soldering, brazing, riveting, bolting, screwing and gluing
  • finishing products by cleaning, filing, sanding and polishing, and applying protective finishes
Unit Group

3221 Metal Casting, Forging and Finishing Trades Workers

Metal Casting, Forging and Finishing Trades Workers fabricate mould patterns and form sand moulds and cores for the production of metal castings, heat and hammer metal into shape, and make, repair, coat and polish metal parts and articles.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • selecting metal stock for job requirements
  • heating metal in forges and furnaces and hammering, punching and cutting metal using hand tools and machine presses
  • tempering and hardening finished articles by quenching in oil or water baths or by cooling gradually in air
  • preparing electrolytic and silver solutions for electroforming, and applying solution to the objects to be coated
  • setting and adjusting controls to regulate electric current and depositing of coating on objects
  • preparing horses' hooves for shoeing, nailing horseshoes to hooves, and trimming hooves
  • cutting, trimming, shaping and smoothing stock to form mould patterns
  • filling boxes with sand and setting patterns in place, and pouring molten metal into moulds
  • applying refractory paint and positioning cores in moulds
  • finishing metal and articles by polishing and buffing and applying shellac, lacquer, paint and other finishes

Occupations:

  • 322111 Blacksmith
  • 322112 Electroplater
  • 322113 Farrier
  • 322114 Metal Casting Trades Worker
  • 322115 Metal Polisher

322111 Blacksmith

Shapes bars, rods and blocks of metal by heating and hammering to produce or repair metal articles.

Skill Level: 3

Specialisations:

  • Hammer Smith
  • Spring Maker
  • Tool Smith

322112 Electroplater

Controls plating processes and maintains solutions used to coat metal articles and other parts with non-ferrous metals.

Skill Level: 3

Specialisations:

  • Anodiser
  • Electroformer
  • Galvaniser

322113 Farrier

Inspects, trims and shapes horses' hooves, and forms, fits and nails horseshoes.

Skill Level: 3

322114 Metal Casting Trades Worker

Forms sand moulds and cores for the production of metal castings.

Skill Level: 3

Specialisations:

  • Coremaker
  • Metal Moulder

322115 Metal Polisher

Polishes metal to impart smooth, reflective and other finishes.

Skill Level: 3

Unit Group

3222 Sheetmetal Trades Workers

Sheetmetal Trades Workers mark out, shape, form and join sheetmetal and other materials to make products and components.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • studying blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine job, material and equipment requirements
  • selecting metal stock, such as stainless steel, galvanised iron, mild steel, aluminium and copper, and checking sizes, gauges and other dimensions of metal stock against specifications
  • marking out metal stock with reference points and lines, using templates, gauges and other measuring instruments
  • cutting metal stock along guidelines using hand and power shears, guillotines and drills
  • shaping and forming cut metal stock into products using folding and bending machines, rollers, presses and hammers
  • fitting and assembling components into final products by welding, riveting, soldering, brazing and otherwise joining
  • finishing products by polishing, filing, sanding and cleaning assembled products
  • may repair damaged sheetmetal products and components
  • may specialise in fabrication, or on-site assembly and installation, of sheetmetal products
  • may produce aircraft sheet metal components requiring advanced drawing and calculating skills
  • may specialise in decorative copperwork

Occupation:

  • 322211 Sheetmetal Trades Worker

322211 Sheetmetal Trades Worker

Marks out, shapes, forms and joins sheetmetal and other materials to make products and components.

Skill Level: 3

Specialisations:

  • Metal Spinner
  • Sheetmetal Patternmaker
Unit Group

3223 Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers

Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers cut, shape, join and repair metal components of iron and steel structures, boilers, pressure vessels and pipes, ships and other vessels.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • studying blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine job requirements
  • selecting, cleaning and preparing metal stock
  • cutting marked-out metal sections and shapes using hand tools, flame cutting torches and metal cutting machines
  • shaping and bending metal sections and pipes using hand and machine tools, and by heating and hammering
  • aligning parts to be joined using hand tools and measuring instruments
  • joining metal sections using various welding techniques, bolting and riveting
  • examining welds for width of bead, penetration and precision
  • finishing products by cleaning, polishing, filing and bathing in acidic solutions
  • cleaning and smoothing welds by filing, chiselling and grinding

Occupations:

  • 322311 Metal Fabricator
  • 322312 Pressure Welder
  • 322313 Welder (First Class) (Aus) / Welder (NZ)

322311 Metal Fabricator

Marks off and fabricates structural steel and other metal stock to make or repair metal products and structures such as boilers and pressure vessels.

Skill Level: 3

Specialisations:

  • Boilermaker-Welder
  • Brass Finisher
  • Metal Fabricator-Welder
  • Metal Template Maker
  • Structural Steel Trades Worker

322312 Pressure Welder

Assembles, welds and repairs pressure vessels and pipes to relevant standards.

Skill Level: 3

322313 Welder (First Class) (Aus) / Welder (NZ)

Fabricates and repairs metal products using various welding techniques.

Skill Level: 3

Specialisation:

  • Special Class Welder