Sheet metal workers perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Inspect product quality and installation to ensure conformance to specifications.
B. 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.
C. 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
D. Develop patterns for sheet metal using computer-assisted design and drafting (CAD) software package
E. 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
F. Operate computerized laser or plasma cutting equipment to cut sheet metal
G. Install and use rigging and hoisting equipment
1. Construction - 51.0%
2. Fabricated metal product manufacturing - 19.0%
3. Machinery manufacturing - 7.0%
4. Wholesale trade - 4.0%
5. Aerospace product and parts manufacturing - 4.0%
1. Completion of secondary school is usually required.
2. Completion of a three to five year apprenticeship program or A combination of over four years of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses in sheet metal working is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
3. Trade certification is compulsory in Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and the territories.
4. Red Seal, an interprovincial trade certification, is also available to qualified sheet metal workers.
5. Most recent entrants have a trade/vocational certificate and almost 3 in 10 have a community college diploma.
4. Industry Arts (Metalworking)
The average hourly wages for Sheet Metal Workers is $20.58/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.