Primarily, sheet metal workers fabricate and install ductwork for air handling systems. This can include spiral seam pipe air-conditioning and ventilation systems, shielded rooms to keep out sound or magnetism, and ducting for computer rooms where humidity and temperature control are essential.
In addition to ductwork, sheet metal workers fabricate and install coping and flashing, filing cabinets and desks, kitchen equipment, metal roofs, siding, rain gutters, downspouts, skylights, customized precision equipment, and many other products made from metal sheets.
The process of sheet metal work involves shearing, forming, fabricating, welding, soldering and assembling a host of items made from galvanized iron, steel, copper, nickel alloy, stainless steel, aluminum and sometimes plastic. The work takes place on industrial, commercial and institutional construction sites, industrial plants, and in the electrical power systems sector of the construction industry.
To work as a sheet metal worker in Ontario, you must:
- hold a certificate of qualification in the sheet metal trade; or
- be a registered apprentice sheet metal worker;
If an individual wishes to train to become qualified as a sheet metal worker in Ontario, he or she must:
- Have completed grade 12 (high school diploma)
- Enter into an agreement with a suitable employer;
- Register with the province
- Complete 9000 hours of work experience, including 24 weeks of technical training;
- Successfully complete all required examinations;
- Pay all prescribed fees.