A sheetmetal trades worker uses hand tools, power tools and other machines to mark, shape, form and join sheetmetal and other materials to manufacture products. They work with galvanised steel, mild steel, stainless steel, aluminium, copper and brass.

Where sheetmetal trades workers are employed

Sheetmetal trades workers work for engineering and construction firms, motor vehicle and other manufacturers, the minerals industry, shipyards, and electricity and gas supply authorities. Some are employed by federal and state or territory government departments. They may work in metropolitan areas, large regional industrial centres, and on remote mining and processing projects.


Full-time sheetmetal trades workers in South Australia generally earn between $800 and $999 per week.

Pay scale Sheetmetal tradesmaker

Job prospects

Job opportunities depend on the level of local and overseas demand for Australian manufactured goods and for minerals and energy products, the rate of technological change, and the number of new projects in heavy engineering, mining or steel construction.

In 2011 there were 482 people employed full-time as sheetmetal trades workers in South Australia compared with 483 in 2006.

How to become one

Usually you need to complete an apprenticeship in engineering - fabrication trade. Consider doing maths and English subjects.

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For more information see apprenticeshipsAsk your career adviser about starting this training at school.

Licensing or registration requirements

In South Australia, there are currently no licensing or registration requirements for sheetmetal workers.

Some employers will require a minimum of a certificate III education level or a trade certificate.

If you have experience but no formal qualifications, you may be able to have your skills assessed to the minimum education level required by industry through a Registered Training Provider authorised to deliver the relevant course.

Recognition of qualifications obtained outside Australia

If you have overseas gained qualifications, training and or experience as a sheetmetal worker, you may be able to gain recognition to meet the minimum education level required by industry. You can visit a Registered Training Organisation for information about Recognition of Prior Learning to an Australian qualification level.

For information about assessment of overseas qualifications, and looking for work in Australia visit Recognition of overseas qualifications or contact Skilled Arrival Services on 08 8303 2420 or email

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