Sheet metal workers are professionals that are essential to the engineering, construction and manufacturing industries. As a sheet metal worker, you may be required to make metal products for a range of uses, such as road signs, vehicle or aircraft manufacture, and large construction projects.
Research the job description
Unless you have completed a college course or apprenticeship and are knowledgeable about the qualities required in a sheet metal worker, it’s a good idea to research them and decide whether or not you fit the description. As a sheet metal worker, you must be prepared to work long hours, sometimes shift work, often in conditions that might be dirty, noisy, or at a high temperature. You must also have an eye for detail, and a good level of concentration. It’s also important that you’re a good listener, and are able to follow instructions down to the last detail. You should also have a good understanding of technical drawings, maths skills for making measurements in sheet metal fabrication and aluminium fabrication, and be able to be trusted to work on your own and complete jobs without direct supervision.
In order to be considered for the best jobs available in sheet metal work, it’s a good idea to complete some form of educational program which will teach you the basics and skills required for sheet metal fabrication and aluminium fabrication. Apprenticeships are an excellent way to gain a certificate in sheet metal work, as well as being able to develop your skills and gain real life experience whilst on the job. You will also receive a wage, usually at a low rate, whilst completing the apprenticeship program. Another benefit of learning to be a sheet metal worker through an apprenticeship is that many companies will often keep their apprentices on for full time permanent work on completion of the course.
If you have all the needed relevant qualifications and certification required for making of boilermaker, but have little or no actual experience of working as a sheet metal worker, you may find it difficult to find a good job. A good way to gain experience is to apply for an entry-level job as an assistant or worker in a factory that manufactures metal sheets, where you can learn more about the workings of the job and will have the opportunity to gain direct experience in sheet metal work. Internships and work placements, whether paid or unpaid, are also effective ways to gain experience in sheet metal work and references from employers that will work in your favour when applying for a job.