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Why is working in sheet metal right for me?


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Working in sheet metal

Sheet metal workers design, fabricate, assemble, install and repair sheet metal products. In fabrication work, sheet metal workers lay out and measure pieces to specifications. They use tools such as power shears, press brakes, drill presses and computerized cutting
equipment to cut and shape material. They assemble and join the pieces using various techniques such as welding and using mechanical fasteners.
Sheet metal workers work with black iron, galvanized steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass, nickel, tin plate and other alloys. Some may also work with fiberglass, ceramics, plastics and other metal substitutes. Pieces may be laid out and cut in the shop and assembled on construction or industrial sites.
Sheet metal workers may specialize in onsite installation, all aspects of shop fabrication, or servicing and maintenance of installed equipment and systems. Those who work in installation may specialize in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), boiler
lagging / vessel cladding, roofing products, architectural sheet metal, custom metal products, food service products, secondary systems for environmental projects, pneumatic conveyance or signage.

Looking for a career in a skilled trade?

Sheet metal workers earn above average incomes, work in an interesting variety of places, and at an interesting variety of
tasks. Become an apprentice and earn while you learn. The Ontario Sheet Metal Workers Training Centre is a state-of-the-art, industry-funded, 30,000sq’ facility in Oakville, Ontario. The OSMWTC is a Training Delivery Agent for the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities for Sheet Metal apprenticeship code 308A. Our instructors have many years of experience both working in the sheet metal industry as well as Instructional training.
The Training Centre opened in April 2007, the result of a joint venture between unionized sheet metal workers and their employer counterparts in the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors of Ontario’s construction industry. We also offer upgrading courses to sheet metal journey-persons and apprentices.

Earn while you learn

As an apprentice, you earn wages for the work you do as part of your apprenticeship. As you progress, your wages increase. When you
become a journey-person, you’ll earn above-average wages as a member of a skilled trade. You’ll take classes at the Ontario Sheet Metal Workers Training Centre and get on-the-job training under the supervision of a certified sheet metal worker (a journey-person). At the end of the program, you write a government-administered test. When you pass it, you earn a Certificate of Qualification.
Certification for sheet metal workers is compulsory in Ontario. The law requires sheet metal workers to be either registered apprentices or certified journey-persons. If you are interested in becoming a registered sheet metal apprentice, please contact us at the OSMWTC.



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