Sheet Metal Worker

Duties

Sheet metal workers design, fabricate, assemble, install, and repair the sheet metal products required in a wide variety of industries and settings.

Sheet metal workers use many types of metal including black and galvanized steel, copper, brass, nickel, stainless steel, aluminum and tin plate to make products such as:

  • Pollution control systems, dust collecting and control systems, air-slide, grain spouting, material blowing, air-veyor and other air systems
  • Heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems
  • Solar heating and cooling systems and all integral equipment
  • Metal showcases, display neon and metal sign equipment
  • Metal cabinets, custom built tables, counters and fixtures for hospitals, kitchen equipment and items for the food service and beverage industry
  • Electrical panels and related equipment
  • Dairy, brewery and laboratory equipment
  • Metal shelving, lockers, window frames, metal doors and frames, toilet partitions
  • Flashing, coping, troughing and roof drainage systems
  • Custom or small-run fabrication of a variety of sheet metal items

On occasion, sheet metal workers substitute fibreglass or plastic for metals.
In general, sheet metal workers:

  • Lay out, measure and mark dimensions and reference lines on sheet metal according to drawings or templates
  • Use laser or plasma cutting equipment, numerically-controlled or computerized equipment, hand and power shears and snips and light metal-working equipment to cut, drill or punch, 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
  • Supply, install, service and repair air handling equipment, furnaces, fans and air terminal devices

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