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Sheetmetal Trades Worker

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Marks out, shapes, forms and joins sheetmetal and other materials to make products and components.
Training time 1 - 4 years
Avg. weekly wage - No data available -
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 2,700

What does a Sheetmetal Trades Worker do?

  • studying blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine job, material and equipment requirements
  • selecting metal stock, such as stainless steel, galvanised iron, mild steel, aluminium and copper, and checking sizes, gauges and other dimensions of metal stock against specifications
  • marking out metal stock with reference points and lines, using templates, gauges and other measuring instruments
  • cutting metal stock along guidelines using hand and power shears, guillotines and drills
  • shaping and forming cut metal stock into products using folding and bending machines, rollers, presses and hammers
  • fitting and assembling components into final products by welding, riveting, soldering, brazing and otherwise joining
  • finishing products by polishing, filing, sanding and cleaning assembled products
  • may repair damaged sheetmetal products and components
  • may specialise in fabrication, or on-site assembly and installation, of sheetmetal products
  • may produce aircraft sheet metal components requiring advanced drawing and calculating skills

Specialisations

  • Metal Spinner
  • Sheetmetal Patternmaker

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