Sheet metal workers install build, install and repair a variety of sheet metal products ranging from ductwork for heating, ventilation and air conditioning, to the manufacture of equipment, building segments and roofing. They can work for a variety of industries, on site or in shops.

You like working with your hands and machinery.

You are creative & have an eye for detail.

You can visualize a finished product from a drawing.


  • Lay out, measure and mark dimensions according to drawings & templates
  • Supply, install, service and repair air handing equipment, furnaces & fans
  • Operate metalworking machines to cut, drill, shape or straighten sheet metal
  • Fasten with bolts, screws, cement, adhesives, soldering or welding
  • Install and repair sheet metal products
  • Ensure installations confirm to specifications and building codes
  • Manufacture and install flashing for roofing applications

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)

  • Strong communication skills, reading & numeracy
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Good physical condition & ability to lift over 25 kg
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Eye-hand coordination, spatial & form perception
  • Good eyesight & manual dexterity
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and work in high & noisy places

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

To potentially reduce length of apprenticeship term: Completed courses of study, related work experience or a related journeyperson certificate AND employer’s recommendation.

Apprenticeship Program: 4 years, includes technical training, 1,425 hours on-the-job training, and exam. Journeyperson certificate awarded after successful completion. As an apprentice, you also earn while you learn.

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Hourly Pay

Contact the local union for more information on hourly pay, benefits, pensions and more.

Construction Workers Needed

55,810 Construction Workers needed by 2030*

*BuildForce Canada

Did You Know?

Sheet metal workers make all kinds of products using many types of metal, including galvanized steel, copper, brass, nickel, stainless steel and aluminum. They also install non-metallic materials such as fiberglass and plastic board.