Sheet Metal Workers

Sheet metal workers mark out, cut, shape and join sheet metal using hand or machine tools to make and repair sheet metal products and components (excluding vehicle bodywork).


New workers

New workers start around £16,898. Normal pay is £25,254 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £38,671.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 11,721 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Checks final product to ensure conformity with specifications.

  • Repairs damaged metal parts such as copper sheets and tubes by beating, riveting, soldering, welding and fitting replacement parts.

  • Finishes product by grinding, filing, cleaning and polishing.

  • Assembles prepared parts and joins them by bolting, welding or soldering.

  • Uses hand or machine tools to bend, roll, fold, press or beat cut sheet metal.

  • Uses template, measuring instruments and tools to mark out layout lines and reference points.

  • Examines drawings and specifications to assess job requirements.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Sheet Metal

  • Fabrication

  • Welding

  • Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding

  • Engineering Drawings

  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

  • Machinery

  • Paint Sprayers

  • Chassis

  • Technical Drawing

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Detail Oriented

  • Customer Service

  • Self-Motivation

  • Communication

  • Strong Work Ethic

  • Problem Solving

  • Operations

  • Management

  • Teamwork

  • Sales

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.