Sheet Metal Workers

Workers in this trade build and install a variety of sheet metal products ranging from ductwork for heating, ventilation and air conditioning to the manufacture of equipment, building segments and roofing. Sheet Metal Workers may work on-site or in shops.

Skills include: document use; numeracy; problem solving’ working with others; working with your hands and machines; physical fitness; working alone; self-motivation and creativity; using precision tools; and creating three-dimensional drawings.

Although available certification is voluntary in Manitoba, it is highly recommended. Certification helps you get jobs by telling employers and other workers that you are a skilled professional.

To be certified as a Sheet Metal Worker, you usually need to complete a four-year apprenticeship program. Once you successfully complete the required on-the-job training, technical training and exams, you are awarded a journeyperson certificate.

You may be eligible for certification if you have more than four years of on-the-job experience and some high school, college or industry courses for sheet metal workers.

As a certified Sheet Metal Worker, you may write the Interprovincial Exam to qualify for the Interprovincial Standards’ Red Seal. With a Red Seal, you can work as a Sheet Metal Worker anywhere in Canada.

To ensure your skills are current as a Sheet Metal Worker, you should keep up with new technological developments by reading and talking with others in the field.