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 skills and expertise. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $28.00 per hour.

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