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Sheet-Metal Workers

Descriptions & Duties

  • Sheet-Metal Workers make sheetmetal articles of thickness not exceeding 10 s.w.g. (or 3.2 mm) such as containers, ducts, ornaments according to specifications. They also assemble, join and repair components by welding, brazing, soldering and/or riveting. Their duties include selecting types of sheet metal for cutting and shaping; laying out, measuring and marking dimensions and reference lines on metal sheets; shaping metal over anvils; installing metal sheets with supportive frameworks; trimming, grinding, or smoothing surfaces or joints of assembled parts; fastening seams and examining product quality to verify conformance to specifications.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required


Trade Specific Competencies

Mechanical skills

Sheet-Metal Workers must be able to use saws, shears, and presses to do their job. They must have good mechanical skills in order to help operate and maintain equipment.

Physical strength

Sheet-Metal Workers must be able to lift and move heavy objects.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • typically gain skills through work experiences

Professional qualification

  • completion of relevant training course is an advantage

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $10,000-$40,000

Monthly Salary $10,000-$40,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$50,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$70,000

Government Sector

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 5-8

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 8-10

*For more details on Civil Service Pay Scales, please visit website of the Civil Service Bureau.

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Sheet-Metal Workers often lift heavy materials, and stand for long periods. They should follow precautions and wear protective equipment.


  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Angle grinder
  • Bolt cutters
  • Callipers
  • Hand dollies
  • Drill press or radial drill
  • Ear muffs
  • End cut pliers
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
  • Hard hats
  • Metal cutters
  • Protective coveralls
  • Protective gloves
  • Shears
  • Welding masks
  • Sheet metal pliers
  • Hydraulic presses
  • Metal folding machine
  • Sheet metal forming machine
  • Sheet metal grooving machine - Wiring machines

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