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• Read engineering and architectural drawings, sketches and work specifications to be performed, and lay out, measure and mark sheet metal according to drawings or templates
• Develop patterns for sheet metal using computer-assisted design and drafting (CAD) software package
• Operate light metalworking machines such as shears, brakes, punches, and drill presses, including computer numerical control (CNC) equipment to cut, bend, punch, drill, shape or straighten sheet metal
• Operate computerized laser or plasma cutting equipment to cut sheet metal
• Install and use rigging and hoisting equipment
• Fit and join sheet metal parts using riveting, welding, soldering and similar equipment to fabricate products such as ventilation shafts, exhaust hoods, eavestroughs, partition frames, air and heat ducts, material handling systems, roof decking and sheet metal buildings
• Install sheet metal products according to specifications and building codes
• Grind and buff seams, joints and rough surfaces
• Inspect product quality and installation to ensure conformance to specifications. • Sheet metal workers may specialize in on-site installation or shop manufacture of sheet metal products, or servicing and maintenance of installed equipment and systems.


• Sheet metal fabricator
• Sheet metal installer
• Sheet metal layer-out
• Sheet metal mechanic
• Sheet metal mechanic apprentice
• Sheet metal mechanic bench hand
• Sheet metal model maker
• Sheet metal patternmaker
• Sheet metal roofer
• Sheet metal work erector
• Sheet metal worker
• Sheet metal worker - manufacturing
• Sheet metal worker - specialty manufacturing


• Completion of secondary school is usually required.
• Completion of a three to five year apprenticeship program or a combination of over four years of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses in sheet metal working is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
• Trade certification for sheet metal workers is compulsory in New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta, and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and the territories.
• Trade certification for precision sheet metal set-up operator is available, but voluntary in Quebec.
• Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified sheet metal workers upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.


The "best fit" category(ies) in the National Occupational Classification will depend on education, duties, and responsibilities. These categories are suggested to help job seekers and employers get started. 


CAT 7, TEER 2 (72102)



Various immigration pathways are available to international job seekers and Canadian employers seeking international talent. For more information, contact us or visit Nova Scotia's immigration website.

Abbreviations used in this section: 

  • AIP = Atlantic Immigration Program

  • FSW = Federal Skilled Worker

  • NSNP = Nova Scotia Nominee Program

  • On Demand = Occupations must be identified by the provincial or federal government as being in demand (insufficient qualified workers in Canada)

  • PNP = Provincial Nominee Program (another name for NSNP)


FSW, AIP, PNP (On-demand), On-demand federal


Dusty, hot, confined spaces, working outdoors


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