We are focused on quality throughout our company; from the people we employ, the technology and plant we own, the processes we use and the training we provide. We are fortunate to be involved in a number of varied, interesting and complex projects, all across the North Island. These projects often build or unite communities, and that’s a great experience to be part of.
Find out what we do and the exciting opportunities that exist within our industry.
At Jensen Steel Fabricators, we are quite unique, as we offer a one-stop-shop, with a full range of capabilities. This means, we have people working in a number of different jobs, all utilising different skillsets. See below for further details on the type of work we do and what roles are involved.
A structural steel detailer prepares plans, drawings and other documents for the fabrication and site teams. The front end of our projects, sees our detailers produce drawings using the Tekla Structures Detailing Software. Drawings and .nc files are created and adapted to our processes and CNC machines.
Detailing requires skills in areas such as draughting, maths (including trigonometry and geometry), logic, reasoning, problem solving, spatial visualisation and communication. If you are leaving school now and are interested in detailing, but feel like you don’t have all these skills yet, please don’t be put off. With planning, dedication and commitment, you can acquire the skills!
In regards to personal attributes, many detailers share an eye for detail, enthusiasm for problem solving and an interest in building or structural engineering.
A steel fabricator’s job is to read and interpret the drawings provided by the detailer. The fabricator needs to determine things like what grade of steel is to be used, the dimensions, cuts and welds for fabricating the columns, beams, braces and trusses required for the structure. The steel is then cut and drilled accordingly. Our steel fabrication process begins in precut – we utilise a number of machines and technology including Peddinghaus FDB2500, Daito DCM1050 Coping and Drill Line, and Peddinghaus PCD1100 Beamline.
To be a good fabricator, you don’t need to have excelled at school academically. What makes an excellent fabricator is someone that is methodical and capable of a high level of concentration. Through practice and experience, fabricators become experts at cutting and welding the steel and always thinking ahead to the next step. This is a very valued position as fabricators often have to meet challenging targets. On a personal interests level, fabricators are the kind of people who look at a building or structure and know HOW it was made.
Once the steel has been cut, and before it is delivered to site, it is painted (industrial coating) to the colour specifications of the client. We’re quite fortunate as we have a purpose-built blasting and coatings facility onsite. (We also provide a Hot Metal Zinc Spraying Service). Having an industrial coating facility onsite gives us greater control of getting the product painted and delivered to site, on time.
In the paint shop there are various tasks including sandblasting, preparation of surfaces, painting and spraying. People that work in these areas must have a great understanding of the appropriate health and safety procedures for each task.
To work in the paint shop you must be proficient in use of technical machinery, be diligent and have attention to detail, excellent hand-eye coordination and good organisational and communication skills.
The site installation team is responsible for erecting the structures. They stand the columns and attach the beams, making sure they are level. They are often working at height, so will use a Fall Arrest System to ensure safety. We have a highly experienced site team, and we invest heavily in having our own machinery (such as Access Booms, Scissors and Cranes) which allows us to provide high quality and consistency across our projects.
To be a steel erector you need to be able to read and understand construction drawings and from these drawings plan your rigging. Giving the tasks you will be involved in, basic maths is required. Health and Safety is paramount and you will need excellent understanding of relevant health and safety practices such as working at heights, installation and use of fall arrest systems, correct hand signals for machinery operators such as crane drivers and protocols for best practice use of two-way radio communications.
The people involved in this type of work often say they have great satisfaction from looking at a building that is used each day in their community, and feeling a sense of pride and accomplishment that they helped erect it.
We continue our experience and quality in our service offering, with Quantity Surveying and Estimating.
We have vast knowledge and experience working with schedule contracts and have clear and concise invoicing and variation systems.
Project Management is an integral function for all steel fabrication projects. Our project management team use Strumis Software which helps them manage workflows more efficiently.
A project manager’s role is varied and requires someone that is good at planning, that is organised and efficient, is good at problem solving, can handle a challenge, can work across a number of projects and can perfectly balance providing the site team the details they need, as well as working with the client, to make sure their requirements are met.
We’re proud of our high quality project managers – they have experience working on a variety of projects, are exceptionally driven and are focused on the best outcome for the client.
Working at Jensen Steel Fabricators is both exceptionally interesting and varied, as the projects we are involved in are diverse.
The application for our steel includes areas such as:
Architectural | Commercial | Health and Education | Industrial | Infrastructural | Sport and Recreation | Tourism
Some examples of where our steel has been used in various applications are outlined below.
This is where we bring architects plans or artists impressions, to life!
We specialise in commercial work and have worked on various projects from hotels to fast food restaurants, from malls to office blocks.
Health and Education
Our teams have been involved with the building of a number of health and educational facilities. Q.A. is of the highest priority in these projects and we have robust systems to make sure our quality standards remain throughout the whole project.
Our facilities are ideal for bigger steel section sizes and we can fabricate, coat, and erect industrial buildings very quickly and to a high standard. Our long-standing relationship with clients in the primary manufacturing and industrial property development sectors, is testament to our work.
This type of work provides great opportunity to be part of projects where the outcome directly affects communities and large proportions of the population. Projects include bridges, power stations, ports and roading works.
Sport and Recreation
We have worked on a wide range of stadiums, indoor arenas, event centres and a velodrome.