Sheet Metal Workers 


Sheet metal workers fabricate, assemble, install, and repair sheet metal products.


Work: Sheet metal workers perform some or all of the following duties: , Read engineering and architectural drawings, sketches and work specifications to be performed, and lay out, measure and mark sheet metal according to drawings or templates; Develop patterns for sheet metal using computer-assisted design and drafting (CAD) software package; Operate light metalworking machines such as shears, brakes, punches, and drill presses, including computer numerical control (CNC) equipment to cut, bend, punch, drill, shape or straighten sheet metal; Operate computerized laser or plasma cutting equipment to cut sheet metal; Install and use rigging and hoisting equipment; Fit and join sheet metal parts using riveting, welding, soldering and similar equipment to fabricate products such as ventilation shafts, exhaust hoods, eavestroughs, partition frames, air and heat ducts, material handling systems, roof decking and sheet metal buildings; Install sheet metal products according to specifications and building codes; Grind and buff seams, joints and rough surfaces; Inspect product quality and installation to ensure conformance to specifications. , Sheet metal workers may specialize in on-site installation or shop manufacture of sheet metal products, or servicing and maintenance of installed equipment and systems.

Title Examples: Journeyman/woman Sheet Metal Worker, Precision Sheet Metal Mechanic, Precision Sheet Metal Worker, Sheet Metal Erector, Sheet Metal Installer, Sheet Metal Mechanic, Sheet Metal Worker

Useful Secondary School subjects: Industrial Arts (Metalworking), Math, Drafting, Physics, Computer-related courses

Degrees associated with this career: High School Diploma, Certificate, Diploma

Requirements: In general, you usually need a high school diploma. , To gain certification, you usually need to complete an apprenticeship or have a combination of experience and trade courses. Trade certification is available in most provinces/territories. , Qualified tradespersons may also obtain interprovincial (Red Seal) trade certification, which provides job mobility throughout the country. , Many recent entrants have a trade/vocational certificate.

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