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.
Important aspects of training:
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