Sheetmetal Trades Workers mark out, shape, form and join sheetmetal and other materials to make products and components.

A Certificate III/IV is usually needed to work in this job and most workers have this qualification. Training is most commonly through an apprenticeship which combines on-the-job training with the qualification.

Tasks

  • studying blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine job, material and equipment requirements
  • selecting metal stock, such as stainless steel, galvanised iron, mild steel, aluminium and copper, and checking sizes, gauges and other dimensions of metal stock against specifications
  • marking out metal stock with reference points and lines, using templates, gauges and other measuring instruments
  • cutting metal stock along guidelines using hand and power shears, guillotines and drills
  • shaping and forming cut metal stock into products using folding and bending machines, rollers, presses and hammers
  • fitting and assembling components into final products by welding, riveting, soldering, brazing and otherwise joining
  • finishing products by polishing, filing, sanding and cleaning assembled products
  • may repair damaged sheetmetal products and components
  • may specialise in fabrication, or on-site assembly and installation, of sheetmetal products
  • may produce aircraft sheet metal components requiring advanced drawing and calculating skills
  • may specialise in decorative copperwork

Job Titles

  • Sheetmetal Trades Worker
  • Sheetmetal Trades Worker

    Specialisations: Metal Spinner, Sheetmetal Patternmaker

Fast Facts

  • $1,118 Weekly Pay
  • 6,900 workers Employment Size
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 91.8% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42.2 hours Average full-time
  • 36.5 years Average age
  • 0.0% female Gender Share

The number of Sheetmetal Trades Workers fell over the past 5 years and is expected to stay fairly stable over the next 5 years:
from 6,900 in 2017 to 6,900 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 4,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
  • Location: Sheetmetal Trades Workers work in many regions of Australia. Many work in Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Construction; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $1,118 per week (similar to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (91.8%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%) showing part-time work may be hard to find.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42.2 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 37 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 0% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

In 2016, employers in some locations found it hard to fill vacancies for Sheet Metal Trades Workers. To find out more, view the Department of Jobs and Small Business latest skill shortage research opens in a new window.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20077900
20086400
20097800
20108600
20118300
20129400
20138900
20148400
201512300
20164500
20176900
20226900

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsSheetmetal Trades WorkersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings11181230

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing88.5
Construction7.4
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2.3
Mining1.7
Other Industries0.1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateSheetmetal Trades WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW38.931.6
VIC8.226.2
QLD29.819.7
SA12.46.7
WA6.810.8
TAS2.92.0
NT1.21.1
ACT0.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketSheetmetal Trades WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-196.0-5.25.2
20-2413.0-9.99.9
25-3433.0-23.623.6
35-4411.2-21.721.7
45-5416.5-20.820.8
55-5912.3-8.88.8
60-645.9-6.06.0
65 and Over2.1-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationSheetmetal Trades WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree0-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV84.6-18.918.9
Year 120-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1015.4-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

A Certificate III/IV is usually needed to work in this job and most workers have this qualification. Training is most commonly through an apprenticeship which combines on-the-job training with the qualification.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Manufacturing and Metal and Engineering VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Sheetmetal Trades Workers who are mature, reliable and are hard working with a good a work ethic.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    80% Important

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Mathematics

    75% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. Building and Construction

    72% Important

    Materials, methods, and the tools used to construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

  4. Administration and Management

    68% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  5. English Language

    65% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Getting Information

    79% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    77% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  3. Handling and Moving Objects

    77% Important

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

  4. Performing General Physical Activities

    77% Important

    Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

  5. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    76% Important

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

Occupational Information Network
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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2211.00 - Sheet Metal Workers.

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