If you’re looking to take the next step as a metal worker, use these tips for becoming a better metal fabricator to find the areas you could improve on in your profession.
Never Stop Learning
Your training as a fabricator doesn’t stop after you leave trade school or your apprenticeship. Any veteran fabricator will tell you the secret to their success is that they never stop learning. As you continue your career, take time to learn new skills within the craft to expand your knowledge.
Also, since metal fabrication is so reliant on technology and tools, you must stay up to date on any developments and innovations in the field. As new products and tools roll out, you should stay informed on them. You don’t necessarily need to use or endorse them, but sometimes you’ll find new practices that can improve your quality and bottom line. There’s nothing wrong with believing in established methods. However, you shouldn’t ignore the future either.
Maintain Your Equipment
If your equipment breaks, that means you’ll lose valuable time on projects, which will have a severely negative effect on your production. What if a part falls into disrepair so that it causes imperfections in your metal? You can’t avoid some problems that pop up with your tools. But your machines will last longer and break down less if you maintain them. You’ll need to learn the signs that your metalworking equipment needs servicing so that you don’t wear it down unnecessarily.
Even if you don’t consider yourself a creative fabricator, you should push yourself to make art with your metal. You don’t need to become a “metal artist,” although if you want to, more power to you. The point is to try and use your machines and tools in a unique way that you wouldn’t with a traditional project. A creative project will give you a chance to experiment with your equipment so that you become more familiar with it. In turn, you can become a more experienced and knowledgeable metal worker.
Prioritize Precision and Accuracy
When working with metal, the two things that should always be on your mind are precision and accuracy. If you’re building a piece to work within a machine, it needs to be exact to fit into its place. Metal is expensive, and most fabricators can’t afford to waste materials. So always double-check your work before cutting.
With these tips for becoming a better metal fabricator, you can take the next steps towards becoming a master craftsman.