How to Start a Metal Fabrication Business
If you have fabrication skills, you might consider starting your own fabrication business. A metal fabricator is someone who is able to craft a range of metal structures such as window & door grills, railings, staircases, etc to be used in residential as well as commercial buildings. Making shutters for local shops can also be handled by a fabricator.
There are several types of fabrication businesses. Each one has a name based on metals it deals with, such as aluminum fabrication, steel fabrication, iron fabrication, etc. An aluminum fabrication deals with making structures from aluminum metal. Similarly, a steel fabrication business involves making steel based structures. What type of fabrication business you would like to get into, will depend upon which one interests you the most. You may also want to work with both steel and aluminum at the same time.
In order to become a fabricator, you will be in need of acquiring basic fabrication skills. Learn to take accurate measurements, using the hand as well as power operated equipment, cutting, fastening, etc. To get you started learning these skills, you can take a course in a local training center or become an apprentice for a well-trained fabricator. You might or not get paid while working with him. Work as a real employee and do exactly what you are instructed to by your boss. How quick you will learn will depend upon how dedicated you become towards your job.
Once you decide to offer your services independently, you will need to buy fabrication equipment. While doing fabrication, you will be operating an angle grinder, angle grinder discs, wire cutter, an auto darkening helmet, cutting glasses, a backpack, drill bits, shears, band saw machine, ARC welding machine, etc.