Profession sheet metal worker

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Sheet metal workers fabricate, assemble, install and repair sheet metal products and equipment.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Tasks sheet metal worker

  • Determine project requirements (e.g. assembly sequences, required methods, materials) from e.g. blueprints, drawings and written or verbal instructions.
  • Select materials, tools and equipment (e.g. gauges, types of sheet metal or non-metallic material) according to product specifications.
  • Measure the sheet metal parts.
  • Make the sheet metal the right size and shape by e.g. heat treating, cutting, bending, etc.
  • Assemble components, e.g. by fastening seams and joints using welds, bolts, cement, rivets, etc.
  • Install assemblies, such as flashing, pipes, tubes, heating and air conditioning ducts, furnace casings, rain gutters and down spouts.
  • Repair sheet metal items.
  • Fabricate or alter parts of vehicles, planes, building structures, etc., e.g. using shears, hammers, punches and drills
  • Finish the work, e.g. by trimming, grinding and smoothing surfaces, seams and joints using hand and power tools.

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Knowledge

  • Rivet types

    The various types of rivets used in manufacturing, such as solid head rivets, blind rivets, drive rivets, semi-tubular rivets, oscar rivets, flush rivets, and others.

  • Metal thermal conductivity

    The property of metals to conduct heat.

  • Metal joining technologies

    The various technologies used for the joining and assembling of fabricated metal workpieces.

Skills

  • Use metalworking tools

    Use the appropriate metalworking tools to manipulate metal objects or surfaces. Use adequate instruments to grind, smoothen or sharpen metals.

  • Use sheet metal shears

    Use specialised heavy duty shears to safely cut sheet metal objects.

  • Tend metal sawing machine

    Tend sawing machine designed for metal cutting processes, monitor and operate it, according to regulations.

  • Clip sheet metal objects together

    Use sheet metal clips to securely clip sheet metal objects together.

  • Recognise signs of corrosion

    Recognise the symptoms of metal showing oxidation reactions with the environment resulting in rusting, copper pitting, stress cracking, and others, and estimate the rate of corrosion.

  • Interpret 3D plans

    Interpret and understand plans and drawings in manufacturing processes which include representations in three dimensions.

  • Align components

    Align and lay out components in order to put them together correctly according to blueprints and technical plans.

  • Follow health and safety procedures in construction

    Apply the relevant health and safety procedures in construction in order to prevent accidents, pollution and other risks.

  • Operate handheld riveting equipment

    Operate various kinds of tools and equipment used in riveting processes, such a pin hammer and a rivet set, handheld squeezers, a hammer and bucking bar, a pneumatic hammer, a rivet gun, and others.

  • Follow safety procedures when working at heights

    Take necessary precautions and follow a set of measures that assess, prevent and tackle risks when working at a high distance from the ground. Prevent endangering people working under these structures and avoid falls from ladders, mobile scaffolding, fixed working bridges, single person lifts etc. since they may cause fatalities or major injuries.

  • Interpret 2D plans

    Interpret and understand plans and drawings in manufacturing processes which include representations in two dimensions.

  • Use safety equipment in construction

    Use elements of protective clothing such as steel-tipped shoes, and gear such as protective goggles, in order to minimise risk of accidents in construction and to mitigate any injury if an accident does occur.

  • Apply arc welding techniques

    Apply and work with a variety of techniques in the process of arc welding, such as shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, submerged arc welding, flux-cored arc welding, and others.

  • Apply spot welding techniques

    Apply and work with a variety of techniques in the process of welding metal workpieces under pressure exercised by electrodes, such as projection welding, radius style electrodes spot welding, eecentric electrodes spot welding, and others.

  • Work ergonomically

    Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.

  • Inspect construction supplies

    Check construction supplies for damage, moisture, loss or other problems before using the material.

Optional knowledge and skills

install heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration ducts keep personal administration operate rust proofing spray gun apply brazing techniques program a cnc controller shape sheet metal objects transport construction supplies mark a metal workpiece using punch monitor automated machines set up temporary construction site infrastructure remove rust from motor vehicles cutting technologies keep records of work progress operate oxy-fuel cutting torch operate soldering equipment anchor sheet metal process incoming construction supplies tend punch press operate manual planer ensure equipment availability replace defect components cut metal products metal smoothing technologies work in a construction team