7261 Sheet Metal Workers
Sheet metal workers fabricate, assemble, install and repair sheet metal products.
apprentice sheet metal worker
sheet metal fabricator
sheet metal mechanic
sheet metal worker
Occupations in this group are characterized by the following aptitudes, interests and worker functions as they relate to main duties:
- General learning ability to fabricate, assemble, install and repair sheet metal products
- Spatial perception to read and interpret engineering and architectural drawings, sketches and work specifications, and to lay out sheet metal according to drawings and templates
- Manual dexterity to operate light metalworking machines such as shears, brakes, punches and drill presses including computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipment, to cut, bend, punch, drill, shape and straighten sheet metal; to fit and join sheet metal parts using riveting, welding, soldering and similar equipment to fabricate products such as ventilation shafts, exhaust hoods, eavestroughs, partition frames, air and heat ducts, material handling systems, roof decking and sheet metal buildings; and to install and use rigging and hoisting equipment
- Objective interest in precision working to measure and mark sheet metal, and to operate computerized laser and plasma cutting equipment to cut sheet metal; and in developing patterns for sheet metal using computer assisted design and drafting (CAD) software
- Methodical interest in grinding and buffing seams, joints and rough surfaces
- Innovative interest in compiling information to inspect product quality and installation to ensure products conform to specifications and building codes
3Near and far vision
4Other body positions
1Upper limb co-ordination
L1Regulated inside climate
L2Unregulated inside climate
H3Equipment, machinery, tools
H6Flying particles, falling objects
H7Fire, steam, hot surfaces
- Completion of secondary school is usually required.
- Completion of a three- to five-year apprenticeship program
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.
- Trade certification is compulsory in Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and territories.
- Interprovincial trade certification (Red Seal) is also available to qualified sheet metal workers.
Sheet metal fabrication shops
Sheet metal products manufacturing companies
Sheet metal work contractors
Various industrial sectors
Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
Red Seal trade certification allows for interprovincial mobility.
Aircraft sheet metal technicians (in 7315 Aircraft Mechanics and Aircraft Inspectors)
Metalworking Machine Operators (9514)
Structural Metal and Platework Fabricators and Fitters (7263)
Supervisors of sheet metal workers (in 7214 Contractors and Supervisors, Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades)
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.
* Environmental Conditions
For some occupations in this group, H
azards H8 (Dangerous locations) may also apply.