What does a Sheet Metal worker do? Sheet metal workers mark out, cut, shape and join sheet metal using hand and power tools. Additionally, they assemble and install sheet metal products used in fitting out large commercial buildings with ducted temperature control systems.
An apprenticeship in sheet metal you will be set up for a rewarding career in the engineering fabrication trade. There are typically two pathways in sheet metal apprenticeships for you to consider. The first is referred to as “First Class”; these are specialists who are qualified as sheet metal pattern makers. The second, referred to as “Second Class” are specialists who are qualified in the operation of specific sheet metal machinery.
A DAY ON THE JOB IN SHEET METAL FABRICATION
- Read and interpret detailed drawings and specifications to determine job, materials and equipment requirements
- Join parts by riveting, bolting, welding, brazing or soldering
- Work with a variety of materials including steel, aluminium, copper and more
- Shape and form cut material into products by operating sheet metal shaping, forming, cutting and joining machines
- Mark out stock with reference points and lines, using templates, gauges and other measuring instruments
- Specialise in heating or cooling ducts, ventilation shafts, furnace designs and metal partitions
This trade requires a four-year apprenticeship. MIGAS will facilitate your practical work placement with one of our quality host employers. In addition to on-the-job training, we will assist you with enrolment through a Registered Training Organisation to complete your certification. With MIGAS you will be fully supported throughout your placement by a Field Officer and by the wider MIGAS Apprentices and Trainees community.