What does a Sheet Metal Worker (308A) do?

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

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Reading drawings and sketches of work to be done; laying out, measuring, and marking sheet metal according to drawings or templates
  • Operating light metal working machines such as shears, brakes, punches, and drill presses to cut, bend, punch drill, shape, or straighten sheet metal
  • Operating laser or plasma cutting equipment to cut sheet metal
  • Grinding and buffing seams, joints, and rough surfaces
  • Fitting and joining sheet metal parts using riveters, welding, and soldering to fabricate products like ventilation shafts, eaves troughs, partition frames, ducting, roof decking, and sheet metal buildings
  • Working alone with minimal supervision to get the job done

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Grade 10 is the legal minimum, but a high school diploma is often required; math, science, and English credits recommended
  • Completion of a 9,000-hour apprenticeship, including a combination of on-the-job and in-school training
  • Exam to obtain Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Sheet Metal Worker (308A)?

  • May work on outdoor construction projects or inside on manufacturing or shop work
  • Specializations include ornamental work, weather-proofing, air conditioning, and systems balancing
  • Skill levels continually elevated due to technological and material advances
  • Often hired by construction firms, steel producers, stamping press and coated metal products companies, and aircraft and parts manufacturers

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $35.00-$44.00 per hour.


Sheet Metal Worker (308A)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Can you look at drawings and blueprints and visualize how things come together? Do you have good manual dexterity?
Are you good at using numbers and performing calculations?
Can you lift 50lbs comfortably?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines?
Do you enjoy learning about new technology and materials?
Would you enjoy interacting with site supervisors, customers, suppliers, co-workers and other tradespeople to get the job done?
Do you have excellent time-management skills? Are you an organized person?

If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as a Sheet Metal Worker (308A) may be for you!

You might want to look at these similar trades as well;

  • Machinist
  • Tool & Die Maker
  • Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic

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