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Sheet Metal Workers  (NOC 7261)
North Shore Region
Description |  Titles |  Duties |   Related Occupations

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.

apprentice sheet metal worker, sheet metal fabricator, sheet metal mechanic, sheet metal worker, tinsmith.

Sheet metal workers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Read engineering and architectural drawings, sketches and work specifications to be performed, and lay out, measure and mark sheet metal according to drawings or templates
  • Develop patterns for sheet metal using computer-assisted design and drafting (CAD) software package
  • Operate light metalworking machines such as shears, brakes, punches, and drill presses, including computer numerical control (CNC) equipment to cut, bend, punch, drill, shape or straighten sheet metal
  • Operate computerized laser or plasma cutting equipment to cut sheet metal
  • Install and use rigging and hoisting equipment
  • Fit and join sheet metal parts using riveting, welding, soldering and similar equipment to fabricate products such as ventilation shafts, exhaust hoods, eavestroughs, partition frames, air and heat ducts, material handling systems, roof decking and sheet metal buildings
  • Install sheet metal products according to specifications and building codes
  • Grind and buff seams, joints and rough surfaces
  • Inspect product quality and installation to ensure conformance to specifications.

Sheet metal workers may specialize in on-site installation or shop manufacture of sheet metal products, or servicing and maintenance of installed equipment and systems.

Included Cities in Region | Service Canada Offices

Truro, Amherst, Antigonish, New Glasgow, Oxford, Parrsboro, Pictou, Springhill, Stellarton, Trenton, Westville

View a list of Service Canada offices in this area.

Outlook & Prospects for Sheet Metal Workers in North Shore Region

The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.

Provincial Employment Potential Information

The following table identifies employment conditions within Nova Scotia.

Limited : LimitedFair : FairGood : Good
Table on the employment potential for Sheet Metal Workers in North Shore Region as well as in the rest of the Nova Scotia.
Location Employment Potential Release Date
Annapolis Valley Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2011-06-21
Cape Breton Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2011-05-16
Halifax Region Good   (3 of 3 stars) 2011-08-03
North Shore Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2011-06-16
Southern Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2011-09-12

Provincial / Territorial Labour Market News

Week of Jul 14 - Jul 18, 2014
  • The Sydney Airport will receive $1.3M in federal funding to help repair taxiways
  • Southwest Properties will begin construction of buildings in 2015 on the $500M Motherhouse property development in Rockingham. The project will take several years to complete, and will include 1,976 residential units.
  • A $21M roadway construction project at Halifax Stanfield International Airport has begun and will be completed in mid-year 2015. Dartmouth-based Brycon Construction Ltd. was awarded the contract.
Week of Jun 23 - Jun 27, 2014 Week of Jun 16 - Jun 20, 2014 Week of Jun 09 - Jun 13, 2014
  • Argyle Developments has received final approval for the above-ground construction of the $500M Nova Centre project in downtown Halifax, and work will begin in the next few weeks. Below-ground work has already taken place over the last year.
  • Construction will begin in mid-June on the first phase of the Seven Lakes residential development in the Porters Lake area. The seven phase development will have more than 600 homes when completed.
  • The 20,000 square foot A.J. Walker & Son Ltd. Building in downtown Truro is being converted into a residential and commercial complex. The multimillion dollar project is 40% complete, and is scheduled to be finished in November.
Please consult the North Shore Region and Canada tabs for more useful information related to outlook.