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Career spotlight

Sheet metal workers

Average National Salaries (2017)

Age 20

£17,680 pile of coins

Age 35

£32,240 pile of coins

Age 50

£35,880 pile of coins
Average salary in the East Midlands: £33,280

What does this career do?

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).

Typical tasks

  • examines drawings and specifications to assess job requirements
  • uses template, measuring instruments and tools to mark out layout lines and reference points
  • uses hand or machine tools to bend, roll, fold, press or beat cut sheet metal
  • assembles prepared parts and joins them by bolting, welding or soldering
  • finishes product by grinding, filing, cleaning and polishing
  • repairs damaged metal parts such as copper sheets and tubes by beating, riveting, soldering, welding and fitting replacement parts
  • checks final product to ensure conformity with specifications.

Current entry requirements

Entrants typically possess GCSEs/S grades. Training is usually via apprenticeship including practical experience and technical training. Apprenticeships in Engineering Materials Processing, Engineering Assembly and Engineering Construction are available.

Percentage in work

  • Employed

  • Unemployed

Male
(2018)

Due to insufficient sample sizes, some data was excised.

Predicted employment status in 2022

  • Full-time

Predicted employment levels in the East Midlands

Career related courses available at West Notts

About the statistics

Data is powered by LMI for All and is sourced from labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Institute for Employment Research, the Department for Works and Pensions, and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

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*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
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