Precision and accuracy are key to building spacecraft and are key skills of fabricators.

Fabricator assembling metal components

Fabricator manipulates metal in workshop

The Rundown

What does a fabricator do?

Fabricators fabricate, fit, assemble and weld metal parts, structures and equipment with a high level of precision and accuracy. Fabricators might handle tools metal components and parts, or they may be responsible for programming machinery.

In the space industry, fabricators make components and structures for spacecraft, satellites, ground stations, spaceports and rockets. They may work for large aerospace firms, or for workshops and plants that supply to the space industry.

What you’ll need to know and do

Fabricators need to be able to read and follow technical drawings and specifications. The work can be physically demanding, and requires good hand-eye coordination and attention to detail.

Your study pathway

Fabrication is a skilled trade. Becoming a fabricator usually requires completing an apprenticeship. Employers generally require apprentices to have a minimum Year 10 education.

Contact your local TAFE campus for relevant courses.

Key resources

Our key space career job roles and study pathways information is packaged up into downloadable PDFs that students, teachers or parents can easily browse through and keep as a handy reference.

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Careers in space booklet

Our space career booklet covers all the space careers we talk about online, and can be downloaded by students, teachers or parents to read, share or use in the classroom.


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