Sheet Metal Workers lay out, fabricate, assemble, weld, install and service a variety of projects such as HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), industrial, kitchen and hospital equipment, and architectural work. A Sheet Metal Worker requires highly specialized skills to accomplish the various tasks involved in the trade.

You have a keen eye for detail.

You have good spatial awareness.

You like working with your hands and with machines.


  • Sheet metal workers design, fabricate, assemble, install and repair sheet metal products.
  • In fabrication work, sheet metal workers lay out and measure pieces to specifications.
  • They cut and shape material and assemble and join the pieces with various techniques such as welding and using mechanical fasteners.

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)

  • Good numeracy skills, communication and reading.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Manual dexterity.
  • Good physical fitness.
  • Creativity.
  • Patience and accuracy.
  • Ability to work at heights.

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

High school or equivalent. Complete a three-to-four-year apprenticeship program. Once you successfully complete the required on-the-job training, technical training and exams, you are awarded a journeyperson certificate.

Apprenticeship Program: 3-4 years, includes technical training, on-the-job training and exam. Journeyperson certificate awarded after successful completion.

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Hourly Pay

Approx. $41-$42

(Based on journeyperson)

Projected Construction Worker Retirements

~ 8,100 by 2029*

*BuildForce Canada

Did You Know?

Sheet metal workers need to have knowledge of specialized welding techniques used for the various metal alloys they will work with. They work indoors and outdoors, on construction sites and in shops.