Red Seal & Compulsory Certified

Sheet metal workers design, create, assemble, install and repair sheet metal products, including heating, venting and air conditioning systems, pollution control systems and other metal structures. They work indoors and outdoors, on construction sites and in shops.

You are detail oriented.

You have good spatial awareness.

You like working with your hands and with machines.


  • Build and install products such as eavestroughs, air and heat ducts, roof decking and sheet metal buildings.
  • Lay out, measure and mark sheet metal.
  • Work with computerized equipment to cut, bend or straighten sheet metal.
  • Fasten metal seams and use welding equipment to join sheets of metal.
  • Polish seams, joints and rough surfaces.
  • Read and interpret sketches and work specifications.

Key Skills & Attributes

  • Strong communication skills, reading and numeracy.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Manual dexterity.
  • Good physical fitness.
  • Creativity.
  • Patience and accuracy.
  • Ability to work at heights.

Entering the Trade

  • Is there a training pathway for this trade?: Yes
  • Number of Levels: 4
  • Total Required Apprenticeship Hours: 7,200
  • Total Hours Required to Challenge Exam as a Trade Qualifier:  10,800

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Hourly Pay

$32 – $42/hr

*Based on 2023 collective agreement Journeyperson hourly rate

Projected Construction Worker Retirements

~6,500 by 2032*

*BuildForce Canada 10-Year Workforce Outlook for NB

Did You Know?

Sheet metal workers need to have knowledge of specialized welding techniques used for the various metal alloys they will work with.