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

Specialisations: Metal Spinner, Sheetmetal Patternmaker.

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in engineering - fabrication trade is needed to work as a Sheetmetal Trades Worker.

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

All Sheetmetal Trades Workers

  • $1,600 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 8,100 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 92% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Sheetmetal Trades Workers (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
from 8,100 in 2018 to 8,500 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 5,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,000 a year).

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
  • Location: Sheetmetal Trades Workers work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Construction; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,600 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (92%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Sheetmetal Trades Workers in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Sheetmetal Trades Workers.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
20086400
20097800
20108600
20118300
20129400
20138800
20148400
201512900
20164600
20176400
20188100
20238500

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings16001460

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing70.2
Construction18.0
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2.6
Wholesale Trade1.8
Other Industries7.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateSheetmetal Trades WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW26.131.6
VIC22.325.6
QLD27.020.0
SA7.37.0
WA13.110.8
TAS2.52.0
NT0.91.0
ACT0.81.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketSheetmetal Trades WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-194.6-5.05.0
20-2411.9-9.39.3
25-3421.6-22.922.9
35-4421.3-22.022.0
45-5422.6-21.621.6
55-599.1-9.09.0
60-645.9-6.06.0
65 and Over3.1-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). 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 Certificate0.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree1.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV70.4-21.121.1
Year 129.5-18.118.1
Year 114.6-4.84.8
Year 10 and below11.8-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in engineering - fabrication trade is needed to work as a Sheetmetal Trades Worker.

Thinking about study or training?

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

  • 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.

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    60% Skill level

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

  2. Building and construction

    56% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  3. Technical design

    50% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  4. Mathematics

    48% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Production and processing

    43% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and 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.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Spend time standing

    97% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    95% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    94% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  4. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    93% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  5. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    91% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and 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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