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.
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%
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.
4. Industry Arts (Metalworking)
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.