W121026 - Fabricator

Furphy Engineering

A family owned and operated business, Furphy Engineering has strong historical links to Shepparton and rural Australia. For over 150 years they have adapted to changing technologies in the engineering sector to become a leader in stainless steel fabrication. Students who pursue this Fabricator placement will work within the Furphy Engineering division, learning about the techniques and process involved in the design, engineering and manufacture of high quality, stainless steel storage tanks, processing tanks and pressure vessels.

Skills You Might Learn

Students can attain a broad range of skills while on work placement. These may include valuable general employability skills such as:
- Communication
- Teamwork
- Problem solving
- Initiative and enterprise
- Planning and organising
- Self-management
- Learning
- Technology

Students may also attain vital industry specific skills which will relate to their studies such as:
- Hands-on practical experience
- Observing and learning from industry qualified and experienced professionals
- Working in real-life scenarios and environments
- Working with tools and equipment necessary to the occupation and business
- Liaising and working with colleagues, bosses, customers/clients and suppliers.

Typical Tasks & Duties

Students will observe trade qualified metal fabricators in duties such as welding, grinding, finishing & metal fabrication. Projects may include stainless steel tanks, structural steelwork and Furphy water carts. Students will be supervised by the workshop manager and can assist with tasks that are in line with their skill level. For this reason, this placement will ideally suit a student studying an engineering-related course. While some basic knowledge will be expected, students will also be taught the correct way of handling and using the tools used for each task.

Student Requirements

Students will ideally be studying an engineering-related course or have a strong interest in working in steel fabrication. They must be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in engineering and be looking for a career in the industry.

Dress Requirements

Trade clothes, a hi vis top and safety boots are required in the workshop. Some uniform items may be supplied if necessary. During summer a hat is recommended.

Special Transport Requirements

Students will require own transport or use public transport to attend this placement.


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Positions: 4 Positions
ID Number: W121026
Location: Shepparton - Explore Region
Mode/Type: Structured Workplace Learning (SWL)
Attendance: Attendance at this placement is to be negotiated.
Added By: Goulburn Murray Local Learning & Employment Network


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