Sheet Metal Worker

TQAA, Compulsory Certified Trade, Designated Red Seal Trade


  • Read engineering and architectural drawings, sketches and work specifications to be performed
  • Lay out, measure and mark sheet metal according to drawings or templates
  • Develop patterns for sheet metal using computer-assisted design and drafting (CAD) software packages
  • 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 and operate computerized laser or plasma cutting equipment to cut sheet metal
  • Fabricate, assemble, install and repair sheet metal products
  • Shear, form, fabricate, weld, solder and assemble a host of items made from galvanized iron, sheet steel, copper, nickel alloy, stainless steel, aluminium and materials such as plastics and ceramics

Personal Qualities

  • You may be required to work in cramped areas or at considerable heights
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • You need to be in good physical condition to carry materials
  • You enjoy working to close tolerances
  • Review the Essential Skills profile for additional qualities required

Career Opportunities

  • Non-union and union employers and contractors hire sheet metal workers for projects in the construction, industrial, commercial and residential sectors
  • Companies and contractors which specialize in either fabrication or installation or both also hire sheet metal workers

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 10, however, employers and unions may require Grade 12
  • Completion of a 5 year apprenticeship program at 1,800 hours per year
  • If you have completed 9,000 hours of on the job experience/training and have not completed the apprenticeship program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification
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