Machinist teaching apprentices how to use CNC machine

Imagine a career where creativity, problem-solving, and hands-on skills take centre stage—no traditional desk job in sight. Metal working offers a unique pathway to success, and it might just be the perfect fit for students or graduates considering an apprenticeship.

Metal workers are highly skilled technicians who work in many industries like manufacturing, engineering, construction, mining, and more. But hey, don't think this is just for the old-school types – metal working is a tech-driven wonderland, and young, creative minds are in high demand!

If that sounds like your vibe, then a metal work apprenticeship, especially at a cutting-edge firm like Leussink, might just be the adventure you're looking for.

How do I become a metal work CNC machinist or fabricator?

You don’t need to complete Year 12 and obtain an ATAR to kickstart your journey as a CNC machinist or metal fabricator. Many companies like Leussink offer apprenticeships that include studying at TAFE to complete a Certificate III in Engineering – Fitting/Machining or Fabrication Trade. This isn't your average program; it's mostly hands-on experience, a nationally recognised qualification, and a paying gig all rolled into one!

Apprenticeships are valuable and a viable option for those who prefer working with their hands rather than hitting the books at university. With a metal working apprenticeship, you combine training and work, where you become a pro with a qualification that speaks volumes.

What does a metal worker do?

Metal workers specialise in working with several types of metals to fabricate, machine, assemble, and repair metal structures and components. They generally use a combination of manual and automated tools and machinery to cut, shape, and join metal pieces, turning raw materials into finished products.

As a qualified metal worker, you could choose to specialise in various metalworking techniques, including turning, milling, shaping, drilling, tapping, precision grinding, welding, soldering, brazing, cutting, bending, and much more. You will also get involved in interpreting blueprints, CAD drawings, or specifications to understand the required dimensions, tolerances, and finishing details.

What are the different types of jobs in metal fabrication?

Metal working isn't a one-size-fits-all gig – it's a universe of possibilities! If you're a tech whiz, you can dive into Computer-Aided Design (CAD). Love creating? Get hands-on with metal fabricating or welding. Enjoy problem-solving? An engineering-focused role might be calling your name. If you're all about hands-on work or a perfectionist with an eye for detail, then CNC machining might be your thing.

Are metal fabricators and CNC machinists in demand?

Skilled metal tradespeople are in high demand around Australia and across the globe. There are employment opportunities in many exciting and growing industries, including mining, robotics, agriculture, oil & gas, manufacturing, defence & space, medical and beyond. The demand for your skills is real, and it's global!

How much does a metal fabricator or CNC machinist make?

Wages for fully qualified metal fabricators and CNC machinists vary based on skill level and experience. At Leussink, we pay significantly above the award for any given trade as we believe in acknowledging the dedication and proficiency of our team members, ensuring that their hard work is duly rewarded.

Apprenticeships at Leussink

Apprentices are the lifeblood and future at Leussink. Our commitment to providing you with unmatched apprenticeship training is evident in our track record of producing world class award-winning young professionals who excel in their respective fields whilst completing their apprenticeships with Leussink. This is evident in the plethora of apprentice awards received over the past years, including twice National Apprentices of the Year awards representing Australia internationally at renowned Worldskill competitions held biannually across the globe.

Leussink offers metal apprenticeships in metal trades for boilermakers, welders, and CNC Machinists (turning, milling, fitting, etc), working in our state-of-the-art workshop. We provide a welcoming work environment, on-the-job training supplemented by TAFE, the latest technology, and extensive R&D.

Why work at Leussink?

At Leussink, we focus on people. We're all about creating a welcoming, inclusive space where your contribution matters. We believe in fairness, honesty, transparency, and authenticity. Join our team, and you'll work alongside a crew of talented individuals who take pride in their craft and want to see you succeed.

If you’re ready to start your journey with a metalwork apprenticeship, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our Careers page on our website for further information.