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Sheet Metal Worker

What is a Sheet Metal Worker?

A sheet metal worker is involved in the production, manufacture and repair of a wide range of light metal products using thin, flat sheets of metal. These sheets are primarily zinc-covered steel, stainless steel, vinyl covered steel, copper and aluminium and usually are not more than 3mm thick.

Examples of tasks and duties:

  • Make ducts for air-conditioning, hospital & catering equipment, office furniture, refrigeration cabinets, tanks, vats and pipes
  • Use specialist measuring equipment
  • Work from detailed drawings
  • Use a range of hand tools, welding equipment and machinery including MIG and TIG welding equipment, guillotines, rollers, soldering and brazing equipment, sanding and polishing equipment as well as electric and/or hand shears

How do I get into this trade?

You need to complete an Engineering Fabrication Apprenticeship. This apprenticeship can be commenced whilst completing senior secondary studies. Strong results in Year 10 Maths and English are required and it would be viewed favourably if you have completed a Certificate II in Engineering also.

What does your career prospect look like?

Once you have completed your Engineering Mechanical Trade (Fitting / Machining) Apprenticeship, you will have the experience for several other job roles within the industry. You might also consider working as a FIFO Tradesperson.

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Things to Consider - Sheet Metal Worker