Becoming a Sheetmetal Trades Worker
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Becoming a 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 $1,016
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 1,200

How do I become a Sheetmetal Trades Worker in Victoria?

To work as a Sheetmetal Trades Worker in Victoria, you'll need:
  • A Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade
  • Completed apprenticeship
  • Recommended

  • Completion of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or equivalent
  • Strong understanding of Mathematics and English
  • Relevant pre-apprenticeship: Certificate II in Engineering

What does a Sheetmetal Trades Worker do?

  • Studies blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine job, material and equipment requirements
  • Selects 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
  • Marks out metal stock with reference points and lines, using templates, gauges and other measuring instruments
  • Cuts metal stock along guidelines using hand and power shears, guillotines and drills
  • Shapes and forms cut metal stock into products using folding and bending machines, rollers, presses and hammers
  • Fits and assembles components into final products by welding, riveting, soldering, brazing and otherwise joining
  • Finishes products by polishing, filing, sanding and cleaning assembled products
  • Repairs 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