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Sheet Metal Worker / Plater

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Education
Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

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€18k > 32
Sheet Metal Worker
Salary Range
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€18 - 32
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Cuts, shapes and fits metal panels to cars and machinery using sheet metal.


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Sheet metal workers work with sheet steel, galvanised steel, stainless steel, aluminium, copper, etc. and their work includes the cutting of these metals by using patterns or templates as guides, as well as shaping the metal by forming, bending, beating or rolling by means of manual and CNC machinery.  
 
Following technical drawings, they draw out the shapes they need on the flat metal. They use mathematical calculations to mark out these shapes and this involves taking into account the way metal may stretch or contract.  
 
They use a range of hand and machine tools to cut and shape the metal and to drill or stamp holes. They may hammer down (planish) excess surface weld material. Some sheet metal workers specialise in more complex techniques or in operating one or more of the machines.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Determine project requirements, including scope, assembly sequences, and required methods and materials, according to blueprints, drawings, and written or verbal instructions.

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Lay out, measure, and mark dimensions and reference lines on material, such as roofing panels, according to drawings or templates, using calculators, scribes, dividers, squares, and rulers.

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Fasten seams or joints together with welds, bolts, cement, rivets, solder, caulks, metal drive clips, or bonds to assemble components into products or to repair sheet metal items.

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Install assemblies, such as flashing, pipes, tubes, heating and air conditioning ducts, furnace casings, rain gutters, or downspouts in supportive frameworks.

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Convert blueprints into shop drawings to be followed in the construction or assembly of sheet metal products.

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Fabricate or alter parts at construction sites, using shears, hammers, punches, or drills.

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Select gauges or types of sheet metal or nonmetallic material, according to product specifications.

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Maneuver completed units into position for installation, and anchor the units.

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Transport prefabricated parts to construction sites for assembly and installation.

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Drill and punch holes in metal, for screws, bolts, and rivets.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Controlling Machines and Processes: Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Performing General Physical Activities: Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others: Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment: Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Mechanical: Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Building and Construction: Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

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Design: Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Administration and Management: Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Mathematics: Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Quality Control Analysis: Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Repairing: Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

To be a sheet metal worker you must be able to work safely in a hazardous environment. Sheet metal workers need strong practical skills and a logical, well-organised and thorough approach to their work. They also need the ability to follow engineering drawings.  
 
Sheet metal workers need good observational skills to spot flaws or dents. Attention to detail is very important when using, marking out and measuring equipment. Good number skills are needed to take measurements and use calculations to work out shape sizes.


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