Undertaking a sheet metal apprenticeship will prepare you for a broad range of metal fabrication roles. Your day to day work will include marking out, cutting, shaping and joining sheet metal using a mix of specialised tools.
Success in metal fabrication requires manual dexterity and an aptitude for delivering high quality components that will be used in a range of industries.
MIGAS strives to match skilled people with leading business owners and employers. With skills that are broadly applicable to the manufacturing, mining, marine, fabrication and engineering industries, your sheet metal apprenticeship can lead to work in some of Australia’s most in-demand roles. Our partnerships in the business community mean MIGAS makes it simple to find a sheet metal apprenticeship that can help you along your career pathway as a metal fabrication expert.
Career Pathways Available Through a Sheet Metal Apprenticeship
A sheet metal apprenticeship will provide you with broad training in fabrication skills that are used throughout Australia. Depending on your career goals, MIGAS can match you with opportunities in industries such as mining, HVAC, manufacturing, engineering and beyond. Once you have begun your sheet metal apprenticeship, you’ll need to decide which specialisation you’d like to focus on. A sheet metal apprenticeship can lead to two main types of certification:
- First Class. First class sheet metal workers are skilled trades that specialise in marking out, shaping, forming, cutting and joining sheet metal materials. First class fabricators are heavily involved in precision work that requires studying blueprints, marking out stock and producing final components to strict quality standards. A first class metal fabrication apprenticeship typically leads to further specialisation as a sheet metal spinner or sheet metal patternmaker.
- Second Class. Second class sheet metal workers are involved in the same line of work. Day to day tasks include marking out, cutting, joining and shaping sheet metals using tools such as lathes, brakes, welders and hand tools. A second class sheet metal apprenticeship typically leads to a specialisation in certain types of sheet metal working machinery.