Explore Careers - Job Market Report
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.
- 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.
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.
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Annapolis Valley Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2011-06-21|
|Cape Breton Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2011-05-16|
|Halifax Region||(3 of 3 stars)||2011-08-03|
|North Shore Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2011-06-16|
|Southern Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2011-09-12|
Labour Market Bulletins
An analysis of the local labour market and an assessment of local employment-related events.
- June 2014 | (PDF, 616 KB)
- May 2014 | (PDF, 864 KB)
- April 2014 | (PDF, 864 KB)
- March 2014 | (PDF, 595 KB)
- February 2014 | (PDF, 595 KB)
- January 2014 | (PDF, 605 KB)
- Annual Edition 2013 | (PDF, 746 KB) new
- December 2013 | (PDF, 539 KB)
- November 2013 | (PDF, 540 KB)
- October 2013 | (PDF, 547 KB)
- September 2013 | (PDF, 240 KB)
- August 2013 | (PDF, 447 KB)
- July 2013 | (PDF, 515 KB)
- June 2013 | (PDF, 436 KB)
- May 2013 | (PDF, 446 KB)
- April 2013 | (PDF, 317 KB)
- March 2013 | (PDF, 234 KB)
- February 2013 | (PDF, 436 KB)
- January 2013 | (PDF, 294 KB)
- Annual Edition 2012 | (PDF, 414 KB)
Provincial / Territorial Labour Market NewsWeek 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.
- A two-year, $150M reconstruction of the Macdonald Bridge in Halifax will begin in the spring of 2015. Local contractors will benefit, and over 100 engineers and trades persons will be employed at points over the project.
- Halifax-based Southwest Properties indicates that the company doesn't foresee any labour shortage issues affecting its four large Halifax construction projects. The company adds that it can also draw on a regional labour pool.
- Verhagen Demolition Ltd. will begin tearing down the Maritime Building in downtown New Glasgow in August, at a cost of $1M
- Construction will begin in the spring of 2015 on a $140M development in downtown Halifax, which will house a new YMCA and contain residential and commercial space. The YMCA is expected to open in late 2017 or early 2018.
- The Mebertou First Nation has started construction on an $18M sports facility, which will include two pads of ice, an indoor walking track, and a community fitness centre
- 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.
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