Sheet Metal Worker

Sheet Metal Workers fabricate, assemble, install and repair sheet metal products.
They are employed by various industrial sectors.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Read and interpret engineering and architectural drawings in order to 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 and exhaust hoods.
  • Install sheet metal products according to specifications and building codes
  • Inspect product quality and installation to ensure conformance to specifications.

Education & Employment Requirements:

  • Secondary school diploma is a typical prerequisite.
  • Completion of a three to five year long apprenticeship program or over four years of work experience in the trade along with some high school, college or industry courses in sheet metal working.


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