Reports to: Foreperson/Leading Hand

Main objectives: Mark out, shape, form and join sheet metal and other materials to make products and components.

Typical functions and responsibilities:

  • Study blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine job, material and equipment requirements.
  • Select metal stock, such as stainless steel, galvanised iron, mild steel, aluminium and copper, and check sizes, gauges and other dimensions of metal stock against specifications.
  • Mark out metal stock with reference points and lines, using templates, gauges and other measuring instruments.
  • Cut metal stock along guidelines using hand and power shears, guillotines and drills.
  • Shape and form cut metal stock into products using folding and bending machines, rollers, presses and hammers.
  • Fit and assemble components into final products by welding, riveting, soldering, brazing and otherwise joining.
  • Finish products by polishing, filing, sanding and cleaning assembled products.
  • May repair damaged sheet metal products and components.

Typical qualifications and experience: Trade Certificate or Level 4 National Certificate in Engineering Light Fabrication.