Sheet Metal Worker

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Sheet metal workers use thin sheet metal to make a range of items such as vehicle panels, aircraft parts, pipes, cylinders, containers and ducting. (Those who work with heavy sheet metal are called Fabricators or Platers).

The Work

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The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

A Modern Apprentice may start on the National Minimum Wage (NMW). At present the apprentice rate, for those aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £4.81 an hour (1 April 2022). Some employers may pay their apprentices more.

Starting salaries for sheet metal workers are normally in the range of £10.00 to £15.00 an hour. Experienced workers can earn up to £20.00 an hour. Bonuses and extra pay for shift work are common.


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Getting In

Sheet metal workers work in a variety of industries. These include civil engineering, shipbuilding, aerospace, coach building, agricultural machinery and packaging.

What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:


Getting On

After gaining experience, you may be able to gain promotion to jobs such as foreman or forewoman, trainer, inspector and manager.


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Enginuity (formerly SEMTA)
Tel: 0845 643 9001
Twitter: @Enginuity_Org

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