Duration of training: 3.5 years
Metal workers are surrounded by metals and machinery. Jobs include transforming metals into components and semi-finished and finished products, designing and manufacturing machines and assembling automated production facilities and machines. Metal workers use hand-held tools and computer-controlled facilities to work a variety of ferrous and non-ferrous metals and other materials, producing machines, machine components, structural steel components and furnace shells. They use skills such as forging, welding, soldering, bending, filing, glue and machining.
I've always been interested in working with metal. What I especially like about machining is that we sometimes work on very large pieces, but still have to work with extreme precision down to fractions of a millimeter, so that the components fit together. I also like the variety: sometimes I have to do all the settings manually at an old-fashioned lathe, sometimes I work with the CNC machine.
Metal working, machining technology focus