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Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades

What they do?

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

A. Boilermakers and structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters fabricate, assemble, erect, and repair boilers, tanks, pressure vessels, platework, and other heavy metal products/structures.

B. Ironworkers fabricate, erect, hoist, install, repair, and service structural ironwork, precast concrete, curtain walls, ornamental iron, and other metals used in the construction of buildings, bridges, and other structures.

C. Blacksmiths forge chains, wrought iron fixtures, agricultural implements, structural components, and other metal items.

D. Die setters select dies and set up forging machines.

Where they find work?

1. Fabricated metal product manufacturing - 20.0%
2. Construction - 19.0%
3. Other services (except public administration) - 13.0%
4. Machinery manufacturing - 11.0%
5. Wholesale trade - 4.0%
6. Primary metal manufacturing - 4.0%
7. Motor vehicle parts manufacturing - 3.0%

What education do I need?

1. In general, you usually need a high school diploma.

2. 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.

3. Qualified tradespersons may also obtain interprovincial (Red Seal) trade certification, which provides job mobility throughout the country.

4. To be a blacksmith or die setter, you usually need a high school diploma and several years' forging machine operator experience.

5. Most recent entrants have a trade/vocational certificate.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. Physics
3. Drafting
4. Industry Arts (Metalworking)

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades is $19.48/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades wages

Expected Wage by Age

Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades Wage By Age

Unemployment:

8% of Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.

Unemployment

Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($19.48) are close to the average ($18.07), adn the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (8%) is above the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be close to the average.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of are found in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (47%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Construction/manufacturing

2. Diagrams/drawings

3. Physical work

Part Time Workers

Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


2% of Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 133,700 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 12% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average reflecting the age/retirement structure of the occupation.

Self Employed

Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 7% of Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


4% of the individuals employed as Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades are women. Compared to other industries, this is Below average.