What is a Precision Metal Fabricator?

A precision metal fabricator cuts, bends, forms and assembles precise metal parts. Like piecing together a puzzle, the fabricator produces specialized components at very high tolerances, for products such as medical devices and aerospace parts.

Precision Metal Fabricators:

  • Read blue print drawings to know how to correctly cut, bend, form and assemble the metal part
  • Calculate dimensions and tolerances using math and instruments such as micrometers and calipers
  • Fabricate the part using machine tools such as punch press, press brakes, saws, bending and forming tools, shapers or grinders
  • Set up and program high-tech cutting machines to make the part
  • Measure, examine and test completed parts to ensure it matches the specifications

How do I Become a Precision Metal Fabricator?

Manufacturing companies in Washington State are looking for eligible women and men to hire and place in an industrial Maintenance technician apprenticeship. Those who meet the minimum qualifications for apprenticeship and possess technical or mechanical skills (e.g., jobs, classes or hobbies) are in high demand by companies who participate in the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) apprenticeship program.

What are the Benefits of Becoming a Precision Metal Fabricator?

A long-term career with a good salary, job advancement opportunities and the chance to work with your hands and cutting edge technology.

Become a Precision Metal Fabricator through AJAC’s apprenticeship program. Get paid while learning on the job and attend classes only one night a week! To find out how you can become an apprentice and launch your career in aerospace or manufacturing, visit AJAC’s Get Started Section.

Related: Precision Metal Fabricator Program Outline

On-the-Job Training Competencies:

OJT Competency

Approximate OJT Hours

Bench Work


Sheet Metal Shop Basics


Engine Lathe


Punch Press


Press Brake


Lasers & Cutting Technology




Materials & Properties of Bending Metal






PMF Apprentices Take the Following Classes:

  • Engineering Drawings – Interpretation, basic drafting and creation of original drawings for competent utilization
  • Shop Math – Applied math for the manufacturing of metal products understanding tools such as micrometers, calipers protractors and more
  • Inspection/QA – Common industry measuring practices to include basic hand instruments through advanced measuring equipment
  • Intro to Precision Metal Fab (PMF) – Covering all of metal fabrication major tools and skill sets. Leaning processes from conception through production, utilizing a Tool Box project that will carry over through the next 3 classes (Punch Press, Press Brake, Laser Cutter, Waterjets, Saws, Shapers, Grinders and more)
  • PMF 1 – Punch Press, Deburr and Shears, course covers the set-up and operations of CNC controlled machines to include reading & writing basic G&M code
  • PMF 2 – Press Brake & Assembly, course covers safe operation, and angle & depth mode, additionally focus on First Article Inspection and assembly
  • Metallurgy & Welding – Understanding material properties and forming followed by basic welding completing the Tool Box project
  • CAD/CAM – Hands-on training in computer aided design and manufacturing from 3D parametric solid modeling in SolidWorks through Mastercam programming