£15,600 Average salary at age 20
£28,080 Average Salary
47 Average hours per week


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).

Main 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.


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.

UK Prospects

13000 Workforce Size
4.10% Predicted decline 2024 - 2027
1102 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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