Sheet Metal Worker

Also known as: Engineering Tradesperson - Fabrication

A Sheetmetal Worker (light fabrication) manufactures a variety of products and components using thin sheetmetal materials. A Sheetmetal Worker uses hand tools, power tools and other machines to mark out, cut, shape and join a variety of sheetmetal materials, which can include galvanised steel, mild steel, stainless steel, aluminium, copper and brass.

Sheetmetal Workers shape and form the cut material into products by operating sheetmetal shaping and forming machines such as brake presses, folding, bending and rolling machines. Parts are joined by riveting, bolting, welding, brazing or soldering, or by drilling holes in products and in surfaces on which items are to be mounted.


  • Study blueprints and drawings to decide which machines and tools are needed;
  • Mark guidelines for machining metal;
  • Select tools for the task;
  • Adjust guides to ensure correct positioning;
  • Operate machines to make articles by turning, boring, milling, planing, shaping, slotting, grinding or drilling stock;
  • Maintain machines; and
  • Maintain and sharpen cutting tools.

Skills Required

  • Enjoy technical activities;
  • Interested in computer programmable machinery;
  • Physically fit;
  • Strength to handle materials, tools and machines;
  • Good hand-eye coordination;
  • Able to work in a team; and
  • Able to work independently.


$60,000 - $130,000