Sheetmetal Trades Workers mark out, shape, form and join sheetmetal and other materials to make products and components.
Common tasks include:
- 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
A Certificate III/IV is usually needed to work in this job and most workers have this qualification. Training is most commonly through an apprenticeship which combines on-the-job training with the qualification.
Top skills required:
- Critical Thinking - Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
- Coordination - Changing what is done based on other people's actions.
- Judgment and Decision Making - Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
- Mathematics - Use maths to solve problems.
- Monitoring - Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.