Sheet Metal Worker

DESCRIPTION

Sheet metal workers fabricate, assemble, install and repair sheet metal products. Sheet metal workers use many types of different metals in their daily tasks, including steel, copper, brass, nickel, stainless steel, aluminum and tin plate to make many different products. Sheet metal workers may specialize in on-site installation, shop manufacture of products or in the servicing and maintenance of installed equipment and systems. 

A career as a sheet metal worker involves so much more than just sheets of metal; it’s a game of metal manipulation. Sheet metal workers have a good knowledge of the different properties of different metals and often have to be innovative in their approach to the fabrication and alteration of parts by trimming, filing, and buffing while using welds, bolts, cement, rivets, solder, caulks, clips, and many other tools and processes to get the job done.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Read and understand blueprints, schematics and drawings, as well as work specifications to be performed in order to lay out, measure and mark sheet metal.
  • Develop patters for sheet metal using computer-assisted design and drafting software packages (CAD) as well as operate computerized laser or plasma cutting equipment to cut sheet metal.
  • Fit and join sheet metal parts using riveting, welding, soldering and small equipment to fabricate products such as ventilation shafts, exhaust hoods, eavestroughs, partition frames, air & head ducts, material handling systems, roof decking, and sheet metal buildings. 
  • Install and inspect sheet metal products according to specifications and building codes.
  • Rig, hoist, and move various pieces of heavy equipment and heavy metal materials frequently.
THIS JOB IS FOR YOU IF…
  • You have strong communication, reading, and math skills.
  • You are able to take measurements with exact precision and accuracy.
  • You enjoy coupling your computerized technical skills with your mechanical skills to create a finished product.
  • You enjoy physical labour applied through different tasks
  • and project priorities.
  • You have a passion for following technological innovations as they are applied to industrial machinery and processes.

GETTING STARTED

Careers in the BC shipbuilding & ship repair industry usually begin with an apprenticeship in a Red Seal trade, or with a job directly at a shipyard. Many get their start in shipbuilding as a shipyard labourer prior to being accepted into an apprenticeship program.

Discuss possible career steps with your school counsellor, career counsellor, or a union hall representative and consider high school trades programs and post-secondary pre-apprenticeship programs as a great place to start learning about the trades. 

ACE-IT High School Program (Sheet Metal Worker)
www.learnnowbc.ca/trades/TradesFinder

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Most apprenticeships require you to have a high school diploma and to complete a foundations certificate as a prerequisite prior to starting your apprenticeship. Check with available training providers to learn their specific eligibility requirements. 

There are different pathways you can take in order to become a sheetmetal worker. In order to be eligible for industry certification as a sheetmetal worker, you can complete a three to five-year apprenticeship program or you can apply a combination of over four years of practical work experience as a sheetmetal worker, plus some high school, college or other industry courses.

RED SEAL CERTIFICATION

Red Seal trade certification allows for movement between provinces.

The Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program
www.red-seal.ca

APPRENTICESHIP SPONSORS

Employer sponsored apprentices are selected and sponsored through an application process. Union sponsored apprentices are selected and sponsored through their trade union and can be recruited by employers based on the needs of a shipyard.

APPRENTICESHIP GRANTS

Apprentices can receive up to $4,000 in grants to pay tuition, travel, tools or other expenses. If you are considering an apprenticeship, visit the Red Seal program for information on how to get started.