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NOC Code: NOC Code: 7233 Occupation: Sheet metal workers
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Sheet metal workers fabricate, assemble, install and repair sheet metal products. They are employed by sheet metal fabrication shops, sheet metal products manufacturing companies, sheet metal work contractors and various industrial sectors. Sheet metal workers fabricate, assemble, install and repair sheet metal products. They are employed by sheet metal fabrication shops, sheet metal products manufacturing companies, sheet metal work contractors and various industrial sectors.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3 4
Writing Writing 1 2
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3 4
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2 3
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3
Money Math Money Math 1 2 3
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3 4
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2 3
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2
Critical Thinking Critical Thinking 1 2 3


  • The skill levels represented in the above chart illustrate the full range of sample tasks performed by experienced workers and not individuals preparing for or entering this occupation for the first time.
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Reading
  • Read instructions and warnings on equipment labels, e.g. read labels affixed to equipment to learn about the safe operation of saws, shears and metal brake presses. (1)
  • Read short text entries in forms and comments on drawings, e.g. read short text entries in change orders to learn about modifications to a project's design specifications. (1)
  • Read a variety of instructions and procedures, e.g. read sequenced instructions for the installation of sheet metal fixtures. (2)
  • Read memos and bulletins, e.g. read memos to learn about changes to work processes. (2)
  • Read safety related information, e.g. read safety rules governing the use of personal protective equipment, such as fall restraint systems. (3)
  • Read equipment manuals, e.g. read equipment manuals to learn how to set-up and operate equipment, such as shears and brakes. (3)
  • Read product brochures and articles in trade magazines, e.g. read articles in magazines, such as Canadian Metalworking, to learn about advancements in cutting tools and materials. (3)
  • Read regulations, Acts, codes and standards, e.g. read standards issued by the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association to learn the guidelines governing the installation of round industrial ducts. (4)
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Writing
  • Write short notes to co-workers and colleagues, e.g. write logbook entries to record tasks performed and equipment settings changed. (1)
  • Write short reports for installation projects and production runs, e.g. write short reports to inform contractors and customers about the progress being made and difficulties encountered on projects. (2)
  • Write text entries in forms and log books, e.g. describe worksite hazards in hazard assessment forms. (2)
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Document Use
  • Enter data into a variety of tags, e.g. enter data, such as dates and times, on equipment lock-out tags. (1)
  • Locate data on labels and signs, e.g. identify hazard symbols affixed to containers of solvents and caulking products. (1)
  • Complete a variety of forms, e.g. complete entry forms, such as work orders, by entering part numbers, dates, identification numbers, job codes, dimensions, quantities and unit prices. (2)
  • Locate data in lists and tables, e.g. locate part numbers, descriptions, dimensions, specifications, times, clearances and inventory levels in lists and specification tables. (2)
  • Interpret process schematics, e.g. study loop circuit diagrams to understand how heating systems work and to locate system components. (3)
  • Study technical drawings to locate data and identify the placements of parts, e.g. review scale drawings of complex components to identify fabrication sequences and locate dimensions and angles. (4)
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Digital Technology
  • Use tools, such as digital manometers, to measure air pressures. (1)
  • Use tools, such as digital combustion and gas analyzers, to measure the contractions of gases, such as carbon monoxide. (1)
  • Operate computer numerically-controlled equipment by programming specifications for cutting speeds and depths, cut lengths and bend angles. (1)
  • Use tools, such as electronic plum bobs and laser levels, to take precise measurements of angles and distance. (1)
  • Use calculators and personal digital assistant (PDA) devices to complete numeracy-related tasks, such as calculating material requirements. (1)
  • Use communication software to exchange email with customers and suppliers. (2)
  • Use Internet browsers and search engines to access technical service bulletins, codes, specifications and troubleshooting guides. (2)
  • Use bookkeeping, billing and accounting software to produce invoices and estimates and print reports such as income and expense statements. (2)
  • Access online articles posted by suppliers, manufacturers and associations to stay current about industry trends and practices. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access and share information on industry-related web forums and blogs. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access training courses and seminars offered by training institutions, unions, suppliers, associations and employers. (2)
  • Use word processing software to write change notices, compose letters to customers, prepare job estimates and generate invoices. (2)
  • Use spreadsheet software to track inventory and tally costs for job estimates and invoices. (2)
  • Use computer-assisted design (CAD) programs, such as AutoCAD, to create elevation, plan and sectional views of sheet metal fabrications. (3)
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Oral Communication
  • Discuss sheet metal work products with suppliers, e.g. call suppliers to order additional fasteners and to request delivery information. (1)
  • Participate in meetings, e.g. discuss safety issues and work procedures during crew meetings. (2)
  • Discuss specifications, timelines, procedures and other work-related matters with co-workers, general contractors and other tradespeople, e.g. talk to general contractors to learn about changes to project specifications. (2)
  • Explain fabrication, construction and installation procedures to customers. (3)
  • Supervise and train apprentices and helpers, e.g. provide apprentices with detailed directions about how to set-up and operate equipment, such as brakes. (3)
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Money Math
  • Calculate expense claim amounts for travel and supplies, e.g. calculate reimbursement amounts for supplies purchased using cash. (2)
  • Calculate amounts for estimates and invoices. Multiply hours worked by labour rates and add amounts for parts, materials and supplies. Calculate applicable taxes and subtract pre-paid payments. (3)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Create project timelines to record significant events, such as start and completion dates, for large installation projects. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure distances, temperatures and angles using basic measuring tools, such as tape measures, thermometers and protractors. (1)
  • Calculate capacities, air flows, temperature differentials and other factors important to the operation of heating and ventilation systems. (3)
  • Take precise measurements using specialized measuring tools, such as micrometers. (3)
  • Calculate quantities of materials needed for fabrication, construction and installation projects by analyzing surfaces into constituent geometric shapes and using formulae to calculate areas and wastage. (4)
  • Lay out materials for cutting, bending, folding and welding, e.g. use geometric construction methods to scribe flat metal pieces for cutting and bending into three-dimensional structures. (4)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare measurements of angles, airflows, dimensions, clearances, humidity and temperatures to specifications. (1)
  • Manage small material and supply inventories, e.g. reduce inventory counts when sheet metal repair parts, such as fans and materials, are used for projects. (2)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate cut lengths and seam allowances when exact measurements are not required. (2)
  • Estimate times required to complete projects by considering the scope of work and times taken to complete similar projects in the past. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Sheet metal workers organize their daily activities to meet targets established by their supervisors. They may be required to adjust their work schedules to accommodate equipment failures, temperature extremes and material and supply shortages. The variety of work experience they encounter is dependent on the scope of the company they work for. They may be given their work orders for the day and can set them up according to efficient use of travel time or they may be given assignments with priorities already established. They may have to work on more than one project at a time and must reorder their schedules accordingly. They may have to integrate their work plans with others to meet deadlines, such as inspection dates, and meet the needs of their customers. They may also have to coordinate their work with other trades, especially on large work sites. (3)
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Decision Making
  • Decide task sequences and priorities, e.g. decide which installations to complete first. (1)
  • Assign tasks to apprentices and helpers. Consider apprentices' skills and the safety hazards, timelines and complexity of job tasks. (2)
  • Choose methods and materials for sheet metal fabrication and installation jobs. Select workplace processes that meet safety, quality and production requirements. Select the materials and components that meet specifications. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Encounter delays due to equipment breakdowns. Inform supervisors and general contractors about equipment breakdowns and perform other work until repairs are completed. (2)
  • Encounter unsafe conditions. Speak with general contractors and supervisors about their concerns. Perform other work until the safety hazards have been rectified. (2)
  • Installations cannot be completed because specifications are unavailable. Locate the required specifications by talking to suppliers, engineers, general contractors and supervisors. (2)
  • Face disruptions of work schedules, timelines and budgets when project specifications are changed after projects have already started. Meet supervisors, customers, general contractors and engineers to clarify the changes, review change notices and establish new timelines and budgets. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Find information about products and materials by reviewing manufacturers' websites, catalogues and pricelists and by talking to suppliers, co-workers, other tradespeople and general contractors. (2)
  • Locate information on fabrication, construction and installation projects by reviewing codes and scale drawings, reading work orders and by speaking with co-workers, customers and other tradespeople. (2)
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Critical Thinking
  • Evaluate the performance of apprentices. Consider the apprentice’s ability to fabricate products, install sheet metal and locate information, such as specifications. (2)
  • Evaluate the safety of workplaces and work procedures, e.g. evaluate the risks posed by machines, such as shears, and the operation of safety systems, such as guards and automatic switches. (2)
  • Judge the performance of equipment and the quality of parts and installations. Inspect the straightness of folds and the accuracy of cuts, and judge the quality of installations by taking instrument readings and visually inspecting the fit and alignment of seals, seams and joints. (3)
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