Automation has already changed the face of many industries and as robotics and artificial intelligence continue to advance, there are suggestions that automation could replace up to 1.5 million jobs in the future.
Driverless cars, home automation and self-service checkouts are just some examples of automation in our daily lives. The fabrication and welding industry is also using technology to enhance the speed and accuracy of many processes. However, there are some tasks that will always need the flexibility and leadership of a human.
Some Tasks Can’t Be Automated
There’s no doubt technology improves efficiency, but there are some tasks that simply can’t be automated. The welding and fabrication process requires real-time decision making. Adjustments need to be made, particularly on jobs where there is more than one type of weld. Robots are great at performing pre-programmed, repetitive tasks, but not so good when it comes to problem-solving and creativity.
Ultimately, a human is always required to get the best results in metal fabrication. Technology can be leveraged to improve precision, decrease waste and make workplaces safer.
Metal Fabrication & Welding Continues To Grow
The demand for metal fabricators remains steady even as more technology is incorporated into the industry. Welding requires skilled personnel and Australia continues to experience a shortage in qualified structural steel and welding trades workers as well as metal fabricators.
As more welders retire each year, more effort needs to be put into filling the gaps. TAFE NSW offers a number of metal fabrication courses available in multiple locations across NSW.