Metal fabrication is a large part of the UK engineering industry, it covers a wide range of fabrication and welding skills in heavy plate, structural steel, the manufacture of machines, for all types of production lines, construction machines and equipment, to fine tolerance sheet metal for the aircraft industry, in ferrous and non-ferrous materials.

There are several different avenues to begin a career in fabrication and welding, one option is, while you are still at school complete an engineering vocational BTEC course.

Or at 16 leave school and enrol on a fabrication and welding T level course, at a further education college or independent training provider, this route requires a work placement in industry, which potentially could lead to a fabrication and welding apprenticeship.


The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Reading fabrication drawings

  • Marking out

  • Thermal cutting accurately to varying tolerances

  • Forming, and shaping thick and thin ferrous or non-ferrous metallic materials

  • Assembling previously made parts, and welding using the MAG and TIG welding processes

Entry criteria

  • To enter the Metal Fabricator Competition, the entrant needs to be on a qualification with a recognised awarding body, at a Further Education College or an independent training provider, or an apprentice employed in the Metal Fabrication industry.
  • Entrants from Scotland. Northern Ireland and Wales need to be enrolled on the equivalent courses in their appropriate devolved nations.
  • The competition is designed to be for entrants who have started their first year at level 3 in their chosen qualification or apprenticeship.
  • However competent entrants, who are in their second year at level 2, are encouraged to enter, for the value-added experience.
  • The competition is an individual event, each competitor will be working on their own, throughout the competition.

How it works

Registrations are now open and close midnight 28th March 2024.

The entry stage will be sent to competitors when they register, competitors have 24 hours to complete the task with a final deadline of 25th April 2024.

Remote qualifier 

To help finalists prepare ahead of the UK Final, we will provide relevant technical training and share mindset development techniques, to support them to remain focused on achieving success.

National finals will take place between the 18th-22nd November 2024 in Manchester (venues TBC).

Kickstart a career in Metal Fabrication

If you’re interested in Metal Fabrication then visit our Careers pages to learn more.

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