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5 Crucial Skills for Fabricating Structural Steel

August 12, 2021

Structural steel is a versatile material, with fabricators far and wide using it to create advanced and aesthetically pleasing designs. Fabrication is an intricate task that requires the mastery of several different skills.


Here are four crucial skills to master when it comes to fabricating structural steel:



Fabricators should have an engineering design background. Not only will this provide them with the qualifications to design products for businesses, this will also help them be more discerning when it comes to custom blueprints from clients. Businesses with their own designs should welcome a fabricator's recommendations because it can enhance their design's capability, reduce costs, and speed up production.


The "meat" of every fabrication project involves the following procedures:

  • Turning: Fabricators use a precision tool to cut through the metal's top layer.
  • Drilling: Fabricators create holes on steel sheets using precision drills.
  • Grinding: Highly abrasive surfaces and machinery allow fabricators to create desired separations and sheet metal surfaces.
  • Laser Cutting: Fabricators use precision lasers that use heat to cut steel. These create the cleanest cuts on many high-density materials.
  • Plasma: Fabricators use electrical arcs to cut away parts of the sheet metal.
  • Welding: Fabricators will use high temperatures at precise points to soften and join metal pieces together.
  • Water Cutting: Precision water jet cutting allows fabricators to cut through dense metal with minimal heat generation.


Forming and Deforming

Bending and curving components allow fabricators to form the correct shapes according to the blueprint's indications. Fabricators have developed numerous bending procedures and automated them using machinery.


Coating and Other Enhancements

Steel fabricators will use zinc, carbon, or aluminum coatings to lengthen your steel product's lifespan. The coatings will protect products from corrosion, extreme temperatures, abrasions, impacts, and friction.



The final fabrication process pieces everything together using processes from step two. Fabricators will then deliver the finished product to you by the agreed deadline.


Get the Best Fabricators on the Job

You can always count on us at Scarboro Steel Works to help you with producing the best structural steel components and products. Contact us today to learn more about everything that we can do for you.