Metal Fabrication

Through a unique combination of in-class and hands-on experience, students in the Metal Fabrication Program earn an associate in applied science degree at Central Maine Community College. The program focuses on practical, hands-on training that prepares individuals for employment in various industries where metalworking is essential.

Graduates can expect to make an average starting salary of $50,000 with an annual anticipated job growth rate of 3%.

Graduates are prepared to work in the tech sector, manufacturing, the marine industry, and small businesses as:

  • Fabricators
  • Welders
  • Fitters
  • Manual Machinists
  • Pressmen
  • Foundry Workers
  • Tool Makers


  • Operate both MIG and TIG welding machines with proficiency, ensuring safety and quality in welding diverse materials.
  • Master the operation of manual milling machines and lathes to accurately fabricate components according to specifications.
  • Interpret engineering drawings skillfully, translating detailed designs into fabricated parts and assemblies.
  • Demonstrate industry-specific knowledge of metallurgy, including the understanding of metal properties, processing, and applications.
  • Program and operate a CNC plasma table with precision, showcasing advanced cutting techniques for various materials.
  • Operate a CNC press brake, displaying expertise in metal bending and forming to achieve precise dimensions and angles.
  • Perform sanitary TIG welding, including polishing and weld passivation, to ensure contamination-free welds in sensitive applications.
  • Weld exotic metals such as aluminum, stainless steel, magnesium, and molybdenum, adapting welding techniques to material-specific properties.
  • Cast aluminum components, applying knowledge of mold design, melting, and casting processes to produce quality parts.
  • Apply safety protocols meticulously in the handling and processing of metal materials, promoting a safe and efficient working environment.
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