Sheet Metal Worker

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Sheet Metal Worker

What is a Sheet Metal Worker?

Sheet metal workers design, fabricate, assemble, install and repair sheet metal products.

In general, sheet metal workers:

  • Lay out, measure and mark dimensions and reference lines on sheet metal according to drawings or templates
  • Supply, install, service and repair air handling equipment, furnaces, fans and air terminal devices
  • Use laser or plasma cutting equipment, numerically-controlled or computerized equipment, hand and power shears, snips and light metal-working equipment to cut, drill, punch, or bend and shape sheet metal
  • Fasten with bolts, screws, cement, rivets, adhesives, solder or by welding
  • Install and repair sheet metal products and ensure installations conform to specifications and building codes
  • Do metal cladding of insulated piping and equipment on industrial sites
  • Manufacture and install flashing, coping for roofing applications
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  • Income Tax Training Deductions

  • Alberta Bricklayers Union Local #1
    • Alberta Bricklayers Union Scholarship
  • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan
    • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan Scholarship
    • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan - Top Ironworker Generalist Scholarship (3)
    • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan - Top Ironworker Reinforcing Scholarship (1)
    • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan - Top Ironworker Structural/Ornamental Scholarship (2)
  • Building Trades of Alberta
    • Building Trades of Alberta (2)
    • Al McCagherty Memorial Scholarship
    • Justin Slade Memorial Scholarship
    • UNITE HERE Local 47 Scholarship
    • Dennis Vaudrin Memorial Scholarship for Industrial Painters
    • Thomas Cronk Scholarship Concrete Finisher
    • Jack Starko Scholarship for Electricians
  • Building Trades of Alberta and Construction Labour Relations - An Alberta Association
    • Building Trades of Alberta and Construction Labour Relations- An Alberta Association Scholarship
    • Construction Labour Relations- An Alberta Association and Building Trades of Alberta Scholarship
  • Edmonton Pipe Trades United Association Local 488
    • Edmonton Pipe Trades Educational Trust Fund Local #488 Scholarship
  • Insulators' Training Trust Fund of Alberta Local 110
    • Insulators' Training Trust Fund of Alberta Scholarship
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local424/ Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta
    • Local 424/ ECAA Alberta Apprenticeship Scholarship
    • IBEW Local 424/ ECAA Alberta Apprenticeship Scholarship
  • Sheet Metal Workers International Asssocation Local 8
    • Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local #8 Scholarship (2)
  • United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #488
    • United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #488 Scholarship
    • United Assocaition of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #488 Benefit Trust Fund Scholarship
  • United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local #496/ Piping Industry Training School
    • U.A. Local #496/ Piping Industry Training School Scholarship
  • Building Trades of Alberta / Construction Labour Relations
    • Building Trades of Alberta/Construction Labour Relations - An Alberta Association RAP Scholarship
    • Construction Labour Relations- An Alberta Association/ Building Trades of Alberta RAP Scholarship
  • Alberta Ironworkers Local 720 and Local 725/ Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan of Alberta
    • Alberta Ironworkers Local 720 and Local 725/ Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan RAP Scholarship
  • Labourers Local 92
    • LiUNA! Local 92 Scholarships (5)
  • Teamsters Local 362
    • 2018 Teamsters Canada Scholarship
  • International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftsmen – Local 1
    • BAC Bates Scholarship

Skills & Abilities

Sheet Metal work is most rewarding for people who enjoy developing special skills and putting them to use in a variety of ways.

To be successful, sheet metal workers need:

  • To be in good physical condition
  • A mechanical aptitude
  • The ability to lift in excess of 25 kilograms
  • Eye-hand coordination, spatial and form perception, good eyesight and manual dexterity
  • The ability to visualize a finished product from a drawing
  • A good background in practical mathematics, geometry and blueprint reading
  • The ability to stand for long periods, do some moderately heavy lifting and carrying, and work in high, awkward and noisy places
  • Patience, dependability and accuracy
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Apprenticeship Training

The term of apprenticeship for a sheet metal worker is 4 years (four 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1425 hours of on-the-job training and 10 weeks of technical training each year.

An applicant who previously completed courses of study or work experience related to the Sheet Metal Worker trade or holds a related journeyman certificate and has the employer’s recommendation, may qualify for credit that could reduce the term of apprenticeship.

A person who has previous training or work experience in the trade and wants to determine their level of skill and knowledge for entry or advanced standing in an apprenticeship program may apply for a Prior Learning Assessment.

  • Best training facilities

  • Best trainers

  • Best skills training

  • Best safety training

  • Best cost: Free to members

Next Steps

To find answers to your questions and learn more about a career as a Sheet Metal Worker, contact Sheet Metal Workers Local 8.

For a quick summary of a career as a sheet metal worker, ask about the sheet metal worker trade card.

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