Sheet Metal Worker



Sheet Metal workers work on construction projects or in manufacturing shops. They may specialize in ornamental work, weather-proofing, air conditioning or system balancing. They build various building materials such as heat ducts and eaves-troughs among other building items.

Duties:

  • Building and installing products such as eaves-troughs, air and heat ducts and other applications
  • Laying out, measuring and marking sheet metal
  • Work with computerized equipment to cut, bend or straighten sheet metal
  • Welding
  • Polishing seams and joints
  • Reading and interpreting sketches and work specifications

Essential Skills:

  • Reading Text
  • Document Use
  • Measurements & Calculations
  • Oral Communication
  • Problem Solving

Skills:

  • Work safely as a team, following written and oral directions
  • Able to perform heavy manual labour for prolonged periods of time
  • Working from heights
  • Able to use and calibrate technological equipment
  • Read and interpret documents, work with numbers to perform calculations
  • Problem solving skills to provide solutions to challenges

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Education:

    A high school diploma is required

Education Requirements :

  • Completion of high school is required
  • Apprenticeship: 9000 hours of on-the-job and 720 hours of in-school
  • Sheet metal worker is a compulsory trade in Ontario.
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Available Programs:

  • OYAP

Program Description:

Prior to entering the in-class program, sheet metal worker apprentices typically have worked in the field for approximately one year. Apprentices attend three 8-week levels of 30 hours per week of in-class sessions. At various levels, apprentices study basic design concepts, drafting and blueprint reading and welding. Seventy per cent of class time is spent in theory and 30 per cent learning practical, hands-on skills in the College`s shops.

Schools:

  • ALGONQUIN COLLEGE-SHEET METAL WORKER
  • CONESTOGA COLLEGE-SHEET METAL WORKER
  • FANSHAWE COLLEGE-SHEET METAL WORKER
  • GEORGE BROWN COLLEGE-SHEET METAL FUNDAMENTALS
  • LAMBTON COLLEGE-WELDING TECHNIQUES
  • MOHAWK COLLEGE-SHEET METAL WORKER
  • ONTARIO SHEET METAL WORKERS TRAINING CENTRE
  • SENECA COLLEGE-SHEET METAL WORKER
  • ST CLAIR COLLEGE-WELDING TECHNIQUES


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Sheet metal employment is projected to grow 7% from 2014 to 2024. This means there will be about 9,400 job openings in a decade.

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The metal manufacturing industry depends on the national economy. It boomed from 1990 to mid-2000s, but experienced a downfall in the 2009 recession. It bounced back, and made a $28 billion in revenue last year.

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Almost 69 percent of steel is recycled in North America each year, which is more than paper, aluminum, plastic, and glass combined.

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Steel is the main material used in delivering renewable energy like solar, hydro, and wind power.

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What to Expect
Iain McDonnell

Sheet Metal Worker

I got a job at the car wash after I finished high school. My dad was a pipefitter and he wanted me to get into a trade. I don’t know what I thought I was going to do with a high school education but taking up a trade wasn’t something…
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Essentials Skills
Sheet Metal Worker


  • Reading Text
  • Document Use
  • Measurements & Calculations
  • Oral Communication
  • Problem Solving
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Sheet Metal Worker

Education Roadmap

Sheet Metal Worker

Career ETA: 5 years

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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

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Sheet Metal

2018-05-09
Sheet metal is metal formed into thin and flat pieces. It is one of the fundamental forms used in metalworking and can be cut and bent into different shapes. Thicknesses vary. Extremely thin pieces of sheet metal are foil or leaf, and pieces thicker than a quarter inch or centimetre are considered plate. Sheet metal is used in car bodies, airplane wings, medical tables, roofs and many everyday things. Sheet metal is generally produced in sheet

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